UFC fight predictions and analysis
CAGERANK PREDICTION Who will win - Silva vs Belfort

2,250

CageRank

WINNER

WINNER
Silva

prediction

BY KO ROUND 3

prediction
54% chance Silva
WILL WIN

2,220

CageRank
Differences What advantages does each fighter have?
Advantages for Anderson Silva
Significantly longer reach 197 cm vs 188 cm Around 5% longer reach; hit opponents from a safer distance
Taller 188 cm vs 183 cm Around 5% taller
Better submission defense 9.5 vs 8.8 Around 10% better avoiding and escaping submissions; less likely to have to tap
Better submission offense 7.4 vs 6.9 More than 5% better at securing submissions; more ways to win
Advantages for Vitor Belfort
Much harder to hit 9.8 vs 9.2 More than 5% better at dodging and blocking powerful blows; endures less damage
Fast finishes 10.0 vs 9.4 More than 5% better at finishing the fight quickly; minimize risk of injury or loss
Stronger takedown offense 7.5 vs 7.1 More than 5% stronger at taking people to the ground; can force the fight to the mat
Stronger jaw 9.4 vs 8.9 More than 5% better at avoiding being knocked out; fewer dangerous concussions
Heavier hands 10.0 vs 9.5 More than 5% better at knocking out good defenders
Better striker 9.2 vs 9.0 Almost the same
Better takedown defense 9.2 vs 9.1 Almost the same
Puts up a fight 9.6 vs 9.4 Almost the same
Slightly younger 40 years vs 42 years Around 5% younger ; less time being ground down in the octagon
Silva on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Belfort’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Anderson
Silva
In 10:40, how much damage will he do? Silva Belfort
Significant Strikes32
Silva's excellent striking offense is matched by Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 96 Significant Strikes in 10:40
Excellent
Striking
vs
Excellent
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns0
Silva's poor takedown offense won't be a factor against Belfort's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 6 Takedowns in 10:40
Poor
Takedown ability
vs
Excellent
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Silva has a reasonable chance to win by knockout
Excellent
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Silva is unlikely to win by submission
Average
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Silva is unlikely to win by decision
Average
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
Belfort on the attack Our prediction about how he’ll perform against Silva’s defensive skills
Predictions For
Vitor
Belfort
In 10:40, how much damage will he do? Belfort Silva
Significant Strikes52
Belfort's excellent striking offense will dominate Silva's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 96 Significant Strikes in 10:40
Excellent
Striking
vs
Good
Blocking and avoiding
Takedowns1
Belfort's below average takedown offense won't be a factor against Silva's defense
Note: we'd predict at most 6 Takedowns in 10:40
Below average
Takedown ability
vs
Good
Ability to stay on his feet
If he wins, how will it go down?
Knockout
Belfort has a reasonable chance to win by knockout
Excellent
Knockout ability
vs
Excellent
Jaw
Submission
Belfort is unlikely to win by submission
Below average
Submission ability
vs
Excellent
Resistance
Decision
Belfort is unlikely to win by decision
Below average
Scoring ability
vs
Excellent
Scoring ability
OFFENSE Who’s better on the attack?

striking

Who can land devastating blows when it matters?
fighter Silva 9.0
fighter Belfort 9.2
Great striking by Belfort
12 strikes Nov 09, 2013 vs Henderson
18 strikes Jan 19, 2013 vs Bisping
6 strikes Jan 24, 2009 vs Lindland

takedowns

Who's going to take it to the ground?
fighter Silva 7.1
fighter Belfort 7.6
Great takedowns by Belfort
3 takedowns Sep 22, 2007 vs Zikic
3 takedowns May 27, 2001 vs Herring
4 takedowns Jun 04, 2000 vs Yvel

knockouts

Who's better at knocking out opponents?
fighter Silva 9.5
fighter Belfort 10.0
Great knockouts by Belfort
Round 1 Nov 09, 2013 vs Henderson
Round 2 Jan 19, 2013 vs Bisping
Round 1 Sep 19, 2009 vs Franklin

submissions

Who can finish it on the ground?
fighter Silva 7.4
fighter Belfort 6.9
Great submissions by Silva
Round 5 Aug 07, 2010 vs Sonnen
Round 2 Mar 01, 2008 vs Henderson
Round 2 Feb 03, 2007 vs Lutter

Fast finishes

Who can end the fight faster?
fighter Silva 9.4
fighter Belfort 10.0
Fast finishes by Belfort
77 seconds Nov 09, 2013 vs Henderson
387 seconds Jan 19, 2013 vs Bisping
182 seconds Sep 19, 2009 vs Franklin
Fight History Who won last time these two fought?
Winnner
Prediction
CageRank Before
CageRank After
February 5, 2011UFC 126
team
VS
team
R1 KOX
DECX
2,3412,064
2,3582,047
Cage Rank Over Time See how Cage Rank changes with each fight
legend Silva
legend Belfort
Comments Who do you think is a better fighter, and why?
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