Brunson will take on the legendary fighter and former middleweight champ in the co-main event of UFC 208, which will go down in Brooklyn. The bout comes on the heels of Brunson’s stoppage loss to Robert Whittaker in November, which snapped his five fight, winning streak.
Since Silva’s best days appear to be behind him, the consensus is that the powerful Brunson should win Saturday’s bout. But, while discussing “The Spider” recently and how big of an opportunity the fight is, Brunson stated this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“The guy is actively training and in shape,” Brunson said. “I know what I’m getting. Anderson’s not on the couch. The guy’s tricky…”
“It’s a game changer,” Brunson noted. “I definitely got to go out there and be more patient than I was in my previous fight. But you know what the guy brings to the table. A lot of people like to ask the question about slowing down, his speed – the guy’s still a live person to me. It’s Anderson Silva.”
Yup. Although Silva’s no longer the force he used to be, when he was ruling the game, that doesn’t mean he’s not still ridiculously dangerous. Just recall the flying knee he landed on Michael Bisping last year, or the liver kick he planted on Daniel Cormier.