UFC 126 | Anderson Silva Knocks Out Vitor Belfort With Amazing Front KickCategory: MMA
Two Brazilians faced-off in the main event of UFC 126 last February 5, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
There was not much action in the first 90 seconds as UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva and challenger Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort were feeling each other out.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Silva with his long left leg fired a straight front kick that hit Belfort in the chin.
Vitor was knocked down instantly. For good measure, Silva followed it up with punches as referee Mario Yamasaki stopped it at 3:25 in the very first round.
That’s a never before seen move in mixed-martial arts history that can only be topped by Anthony Pettis’ flying head kick.
UFC President Dana White has the best comment about it,
“I’ve only seen that in a video game.”
With that move, Anderson Silva proved to everyone that even though he was dominated by Chael Sonnen for four rounds before pulling off a submission win in the fifth and final round at UFC 117 (check out video) , he is still one of the most dangerous fighters in the world.
Check out the GIF of Anderson Silva’s front kick below:
YouTube video with various angles and slow-mo:
That move was reportedly taught to Silva by actor Steven Seagal who is a 7th-dan black belt in Aikido himself.
With this win, Silva will fight UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre next if St. Pierre successfully defends his belt against Jake Shields on April 29 in Toronto at UFC 129.
He has now won a record 13th consecutive UFC fight and extended his record for successful title defenses to eight.
Check out the full Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfor fight video.