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Yesterday afternoon, MMA fans across the globe were given an answer to the question they had been lamenting since the news broke of Thiago Silva’s (16-2) questionable UFC 125 drug screening: Yes, he – for lack of a better word – cheated.
Silva’s co-main event bout against “The Truth” Brandon Vera (11-6) on New Year’s Day showed one of the most brutal performances by the Brazilian to date, as he pummeled the Muay Thai practitioner for three full rounds, even taking the time to play a mini-drum solo on the back of Vera in the third stanza, before taking the very unanimous decision. Onlookers were both impressed and flabbergasted by the seemingly inhuman Silva – especially considering he also was battling nearly a year’s worth of ring rust after rehabilitating a back injury that required surgery. As a result of the beating he took, “The Truth” was cut from the UFC.
MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week finishes its current segment with a final submission from the quarter mount this week. Ed Perdomo will take the opposite approach that he has the two previous weeks to finish Trevor Boers by using an under hook from the opposite side and wrist control to lock in an Inverted Kimura. This move is excellent for times when an opponent is aggressively working to prevent you from getting the underhook that usually sets up the Armbar.