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RearNakedSmoke Says, in 9-1-2011 at 08:49:53 from    

Best video I’ve seen in a long time. Epic find, Bruno. Epic.

Yembo Says, in 9-1-2011 at 09:23:09 from    

Although I respect Anderson Silva’s standup skills, but you can’t compare him to Ali.

In the standup game (referring to boxing here), Ali boxed and outclassed elite boxer, Anderson outclassed average brawlers.

Pickle Says, in 9-1-2011 at 09:29:03 from    

Wow. Anderson’s was way cooler. He didn’t even have a backup punch on the way like Ali did.

baller Says, in 9-1-2011 at 09:35:39 from    

its not the weight or power of the punch, its people not seeing it or expecting it that makes it that effective.

cigronne Says, in 9-1-2011 at 09:50:43 from    

I fully agree with RearNakedSmoke, best video in a long time, deliciously vintage, elegant, emotional.. a jewel for the history

mk Says, in 9-1-2011 at 10:14:52 from    

Yembo – I don’t think the creator of this video is saying that Anderson Silva is the same caliber boxer as Ali. It’s just pointing out the similarity with that particular technique.

kood Says, in 9-1-2011 at 10:27:32 from    

@Yembo lol I love that you believe a former UFC LHW Champ to be an “average brawler”

Just give credit where credit is do. Ali never had to worry about leg kicks, or takedowns, both of which drastically change the dynamics of boxing.

Ali outclassed elite boxers

Silva out-clinched Rich
Out-stuck Vitor
And has really outclassed everyone regardless of where their strength lied.

btw, i’m a GSP fan at that

Beast w/ 8 Limbs Says, in 9-1-2011 at 10:41:36 from    

The two greatest in their respective sports.

60ndown Says, in 9-1-2011 at 10:43:56 from    

nice, hard to believe any power is behind that kind of punch, and alis second punch misses by a long way, which means his first punch was REALLY fast.

spyder Says, in 9-1-2011 at 11:05:28 from    

My god he is that good. Jesus.

SEAN_VANCE Says, in 9-1-2011 at 11:33:35 from    

Wow, thats just ridiculous… dude is the matrix

On Tape Says, in 9-1-2011 at 12:46:19 from    

really cool, thanks Bruno

boonching Says, in 9-1-2011 at 12:52:37 from    

that dude is not human…

murell Says, in 9-1-2011 at 13:09:46 from    


Op_of_faith Says, in 9-1-2011 at 13:31:00 from    

Great vid! Things to consider-your opponent is moving forward INTO your punch and the strike is on the “button”-chin/jaw…that combined with over committing and they have a problem…

sticky Says, in 9-1-2011 at 13:49:20 from    

I wish Ali were here right now. I’d knock this piss out of ‘em. I’m that badsass.

iljo Says, in 9-1-2011 at 14:18:30 from    

except it’s completely different. Anderson is a southpaw so his right hand is a JAB while Ali has a traditional stance, and the anchor punch is a CROSS

africaunity Says, in 9-1-2011 at 15:08:40 from    

Anderson silva is good but in boxing he is ahunderd miles away from Ali.And i won’t even compare liston to griffin

shocktime Says, in 9-1-2011 at 15:19:38 from    

Ali was hilarious. He invented trash talk that all these fighters try to mimic today.

doublelunger Says, in 9-1-2011 at 15:34:11 from    

Great video!

dznr Says, in 9-1-2011 at 15:56:10 from    

He is an amazing striker…

One not I don’t even fight but i know from watching that if Anderson puts his hands down during a fight your done, and add fuel to the fire do chase him – he is a great counter fighter.

but put him on his back and fill he’s face with punches an we have problems.


Anderson vs Sonnen 2 (sans Steriods)

marvelous mad madam mim Says, in 9-1-2011 at 16:11:27 from    

who cares

simontheninja Says, in 9-1-2011 at 17:03:09 from    

how stupid are some ppl you can get hit hard with a power punch you see coming, its the ones that you dont see that get you…

anakonda Says, in 9-1-2011 at 17:13:52 from    

Ali and Silva have the same gift: reaction speed. Don’t need to hit that hard or fast. You can evade from other guys punches and hit at a moment when the other guy is still busy doin his stuff.

Op_of_Faith Says, in 9-1-2011 at 18:22:54 from    

@shocktime-Ali got a lot of his “s***-talking” ways from a Wrestler named Gorgeous George. That was Ali’s inspiration for a lot of how he did his promo…It’s funny because as a life long Ali fan I recognize that he did take that too far in some instances (Ali’s treatment of Joe Frazier was horrendous)…Regardless, Ali is the GOAT. Period.

T’Challa Says, in 9-1-2011 at 18:42:09 from    

Awesome.. just f****** awesome. Thanks Bruno!

Dr steel Says, in 9-1-2011 at 19:20:40 from    

Who doubts this man?? oh yeah chael

Dr steel Says, in 9-1-2011 at 19:22:43 from    

You know I never realized Anderson was a southie? he changes his stance so often I assumed he was right handed.

MattyP Says, in 9-1-2011 at 20:02:24 from    

Hilarious, you can tell which of you all are die hard boxing fans that have still yet to fully cross over into MMA and get with the times. The point of the video isn’t to compare the boxing between Ali vs. Liston and Silva vs. Griffin. MMA is a COMPLETELY different sport. For everyone saying “you cant even compare Anderson’s boxing skills to Ali’s” is the same thing as saying “you cant even compare Ali’s MMA/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Muy Thai skills to Anderson’s”… I realize this sport is relatively new, but some ignorant people choose to live in the past. Keep with the times and post something of value, douchebags.

mesonto Says, in 9-1-2011 at 20:35:42 from    

Fighters have to stop head hunting AS and go for the body. He almost trances/goads them into going after his head with all that movement, while his body stays static. Whoever fights him next don’t get pulled into this head hunting s***. Let AS dance if he wants to. Punish his body.

Ground St. Pound Says, in 9-1-2011 at 23:21:49 from    

IMO, Anderson has a number of skills that help him outclass his opponent like iron-clad mental strength, the command of deceptive/confusing body movement, incredible rhythm, great footwork, unbelievable accuracy, etc.

Another skill I think he shows with many types of strikes (beyond punches) is a deep, natural understanding of body mechanics. When an opponent starts moving, he clues in to where they will end up quicker than other MMA fighters.

That’s another reason his style of making you hit him where he wants is so deadly. Not only does he know where your path of motion will take you once you start, and not only does he know where you’re going to try to hit, he also catches on real quickly as to what kind of strike it will be.

The man is easily the best ever in terms of martial skill AND he has a steel-trap mind. He is the modern day samurai.

Ground St. Pound Says, in 9-1-2011 at 23:27:43 from    

And I personally doubt that going for the body could possibly end Anderson’s magic ride, tbh.

There is simply too much stacked against an opponent for them to win a striking match. And they’re not going to submit him either, obviously, so the only rational hope to beat him is try to Sonnen him, ie- lay on top of him and “stay busy” and do no real damage, hoping on a decision (he’s never takes any real damage on the ground), or to wait till he’s older and loses some of his edge.

The body shot just won’t do it.

AussieMMA Says, in 9-2-2011 at 00:15:12 from    

I think we might be talking about this Anderson Silva guy for a long time! I remember watching his fight against Forrest and thinking how incredible he was. This man is extremely talented Striker. I love GSP man, I think he is also incredible. But I just can’t see him beating Anderson!

T’Challa Says, in 9-2-2011 at 00:28:15 from    

^^Easier said than done

ml Says, in 9-2-2011 at 02:43:36 from    

If anything the video gives credit to Ali to both men, as Anderson surely was clearly inspired by Ali and Anderson is showing off the master boxers technique.

AlexSayhi Says, in 9-2-2011 at 04:22:35 from    

Amazing comparison ! AS truly is the Mohamed Ali of MMA.
By the way Bruno, I noticed you recently said on a post that putting money on a fight will make you enjoy it more than ever before. I myself really want to start betting every once in a while but i don’t know where to do that. Is there a site you would recommend me in particular ? I would really appreciate it. Thanx, amigo.

Bruno: Just go to Bodog here and sign up. the best thing about these guys is you can make small bets like $1 on each fight and keep yourself out of financial trouble but still enjoy the fun of Betting

Caots Says, in 9-2-2011 at 07:31:31 from    

Although anderson may not be the same caliber of boxer as Ali (impossible to tell, he could even be better), he is the Ali of MMA. He is untouchable and has done more for the sport than anyone since royce gracie.

oz Says, in 9-2-2011 at 08:34:34 from    

His record is the best of all time but GSP is the better fighter, im not saying more exciting but if they fought he would win. Even though Sonnen lost he is also better than Anderson who got lucky in the 5th. As for Ali he is the second greatest behind the one and only Iron Mike Tyson

Ground St. Pound Says, in 9-2-2011 at 11:41:15 from    

@ oz

Sonnen is a “better fighter” than Anderson???

I guess you’re right. His record speaks for itself. He’s 4-4 in the UFC while Anderson’s only 14-0.

Plus Anderson beat him. Tapped him out.

Plus Silva holds several records in the UFC including: Most all-time knockdowns in UFC history (15), No. 1 in significant strike accuracy (68.5%), Longest all-time UFC win streak (14), Best all-time UFC win percentage (1.000, tied with Cain Velasquez), Most title fight victories (10), Most UFC title defenses (9) and Longest reign by days (1,779).

But yeah, I’m with you. Chael’s a “better fighter”.


KungFuLowKick Says, in 9-2-2011 at 12:52:18 from    

The notion of being “Lucky” in fight doesnt exist.Just like lucky punches dont exist.Anderson wasnt lucky with that sub,he kept a low guard all the fight and at then end he slapped a tringle with perfect timing and positioning.His intentions were to slap a traingle and he did it so where does luck come in place here?Just like when a guy KOs a “better” striker then him people will say its just a lucky punch.But it isnt the intention was to hit the guy he hit him and KOed him.Luck is something that has nothing to do with fighting

Jeff Says, in 9-2-2011 at 13:20:27 from    

I agree Thx Bruno Truly Enjoyed. Alot of you are Sleep on Anderson … CHEER HIM HE is Amazing in our time Dont Hate on This Guy… What you are seeing will not be done in 5 years. Thats about how long it will take to beat his record.

Danby Says, in 9-2-2011 at 15:48:22 from    

Mike tyson would have kicked the crap out of ali. He was the greatest heavyweight champ that boxing has ever had.

operable Says, in 9-2-2011 at 18:05:30 from    

Best video I’ve seen in awhile. Thank you, Bruno.

Yembo, I think you’re missing the point. It’s not about comparing Ali to Silva. It’s about dissecting the punch and seeing the comparisons. And you gotta admit: it’s a similar punch. Both beautifully executed. Both of their fighters were so zeroed in on their own knockout punch, that they didn’t see the punch coming.

Just brilliant.

CantStandRampage Says, in 9-3-2011 at 05:30:30 from    

Spider = Jordan of UFC, Joe Montana of UFC, Gretzky of UFC, Ray Robinson of UFC… (List goes on forever)

Vin Says, in 9-3-2011 at 08:00:39 from    

The other option and difference is that Liston ran around with a bad crowd and likely threw the fight.Forest would never do that.

johnsmith Says, in 9-3-2011 at 20:34:30 from    

What a great clip. The skill of martial arts…period. The best are the best and can always teach us something.

jerseychi Says, in 9-7-2011 at 00:32:36 from    

Cool video, but comparing Ali to Silva is a disgrace. Silva didn’t fight cans his entire career and proclaim to be the best. Plus Liston took a dive, the fight fans know this.


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