It wasn’t that long ago when Brazilian fighters held four of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s belts, but as 2014 nears its end, only the nation’s Jose Aldo is currently a champion.
Over the couple of years, Junior dos Santos has lost the promotion’s heavyweight title, and Anderson Silva finally gave up the middleweight crown. Then earlier this year, Renan Barao lost his hold of the bantamweight championship, when he was stopped by TJ Dillashaw. It’s also worth noting that Aldo and Barao’s Nova Uniao teammate, Eduardo Dantas, recently lost Bellator’s bantamweight title to Joe Warren.
Although Aldo is the favourite heading into his October 25th scrap with Chad Mendes, no one should be too shocked if the latter secures the featherweight belt. It’s pretty hard to deny that the Team Alpha Male fighter hasn’t look extremely impressive in his last few outings.
Well, recently Silva was asked to weigh-in on why Brazil’s trophy case isn’t as stacked with UFC titles any longer, and the legend stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It’s natural. Brazilians forgot some things to focus more on other things. We forgot the evolution,” Silva said at a recent press conference in Rio ds Janeiro. “It’s important. I speak for myself. In my last two fights, I should have evolved more, but I didn’t follow this evolution.”
That’s a pretty interesting thing to hear, and considering the source, it’s definitely something to consider. It should also be pointed out that all of these losses have come against accomplished wrestlers in the likes of Cain Velasquez, Chris Weidman, Dillashaw and Warren.
As you likely know, Mr. Mendes is also a ridiculously good wrestler. Aldo KO’d Mendes in their first meeting back in 2012, but since then the American has really developed his striking game, and has bombed out four of his last five opponents with it. If Aldo loses, it will be pretty strange to not have one UFC title held by a Brazilian.
Up next for Silva is Nick Diaz, who isn’t known for his wrestling pedigree, but is dangerous nonetheless. That fight will go down January 31st at UFC 183.