Michael Bisping vs. Anderson Silva UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 2/27/16
Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping
UFC: Sunday, February 27, 2016 (The O2 Arena)
The Line: Anderson Silva -310 / Michael Bisping +255 Over/Under: 2.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: UFC Fight Pass
Anderson Silva and Michael Bisping fight Saturday at UFC Fight Night in The O2 Arena.
Anderson Silva enters this fight with a 34-6 record and has won 65 percent of his fights by knockout. Silva has lost his last two fights and is coming off a January 2015 no contest to Nick Diaz. Silva is averaging 3.21 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 64.6 percent. Silva is averaging 0.64 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 77.7 percent. Silva is one of the best MMA fighters ever, as his striking game is incredible and his 77-inch reach makes him tough to defend. When Silva is on top of his game, it’s very tough for an opponent to beat him. However, Silva has been suspended for the last year due to testing positive for PEDs, so it’ll be interesting to see his current form. This will be Silva’s fifth fight in London.
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Michael Bisping enters this fight with a 28-7 record and has won 61 percent of his fights by knockout. Bisping has won five of his last eight fights and is coming off a July win over Thales Leites. Bisping is averaging 4.41 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.1 percent. Bisping is averaging 1.29 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 44 percent. Bisping will turn 37 years old the day after the fight, and he enters as a balanced fighter who will likely use his ground game to his advantage in this bout. However, Bisping has predicted he will win this fight by knockout due to a kick to the chin. The concern for Bisping is that he isn’t the most accurate striker and will be at a disadvantage if this is an old fashioned bout that trades punches. This will be Bisping’s sixth fight in London.
This is a hard fight to pick based on the amount of time Silva has been away and his drug history. Remember, Silva wasn’t exactly lighting things up even when he was in the ring, as he did lose to Chris Weidman twice in 2013. Assuming Silva is in fighting shape and is motivated at 40 years old, he probably should win this fight. However, it’s tough to know for sure.
Bisping is no pushover and will also have the support of London in this contest.
Call me crazy, but I like the value of Bisping and the plus money.