Anderson Silva versus Thales Leites UFC 97
It’s UFC 97 Redemption on Pay Per View from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec Canada. In the main event it will be a fight for the UFC Middleweight Championship as Anderson Silva defends his UFC title against the challenger Thales Leites. The current odds at Bookmaker.com show the champion Anderson Silva a –500 favorite with the underdog challenger Leites a +350 underdog. Many industry experts rate Anderson “The Spider” Silva the 33-year-old champion the best pound for pound fighter in MMA. Silva has held the UFC Middleweight title since October of 2006 when he defeated Rich Franklin. This is Silva’s 5th title defense and is coming off a victory over Patrick Cote at UFC 90 back in October of 2008. Silva is a well-rounded fighter who is deadly in the clinch. His Muay Thai kicks are some of the best in the business and is the reason many call him the best striker in the business. In his victory over Cote, Silva exhibited some ring showmanship and some are pointing to this behavior as Silva not being challenged enough by his opponents. Silva has hinted recently about retirement and may do so when he reaches his 35th birthday some time in 2010.
The 28-year-old Brazilian challenger Thales Leites has a professional record of 14 wins and 1 loss with 2 wins by knockout and 9 submission victories. The mixed martial artist has a 5 fight-winning streak and is coming off a submission victory over striker Drew Mcfedries at UFC 90 back in October of last year. The challenger made his fight debut 5 ½ years ago and is making his first championship fight in his short UFC career. The longshot Leites groundwork will be put to a huge test at UFC 97 Redemption, as Silva possesses outstanding ground skills.
Many in the industry question whether Leites can mount effective offense against Anderson Silva to score the upset. The mixed martial artists who display great wrestling skills have tested the Spider Silva. For this reason Anderson Silva looks like a good bet and if one wants to make a huge score betting against Anderson Silva one might want to look for an experienced opponent who possesses a wrestling style.