Coming off an underwhelming October bout with Patrick
Cote, the world expected a contrite Anderson
Silva to put on a vintage performance against Thales
Leites. Unfortunately, Silva's latest outing was memorable for
all the wrong reasons.
Ultimately, Silva added another top-10 scalp to his résumé, but the
uninspiring 25-minute main event has soured fans and pundits alike
on "The Spider," whose destructive path to middleweight glory now
seems like ages ago.
However, UFC 97 in Montreal was not all bad for Brazilians, as two
of the nation’s top 205-pounders made serious statements.
Hot prospect Luis Arthur
Cane took on his toughest task to date in former World Extreme
Cagefighting champion Steve
Cantwell and handled himself like a veteran, as he earned a
scrappy decision and access to the division’s more notable
fighters. Meanwhile, the division's former king, Mauricio
"Shogun" Rua, signaled his return to prominence at 205 pounds,
as he took a sterling first-round stoppage over Chuck