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Home MMA Bellator 118 Main Even Breakdown: Silva v. Warren
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Bellator 118 Main Even Breakdown: Silva v. Warren

 warren-vs-silva-bellator-mmaThis Friday, Atlantic City, New Jersey will be the site for Bellator’s latest installment.  The promotion is loaded with many great bouts and is headlined by the interim bantamweight championship title, five-round match between MMA veterans Joe Warren (10-3) and Rafael Silva (21-3).  Reigning champion Eduardo Dantas is injured, so recent tournament winners Warren and Silva will meet in the cage - the winner eventually settling things with Dantas. This is the premier bantamweight match that the promotional outfit can produce pending the return of the champion.  A total of four fights will be televised on the Spike Television Network.
A former Bellator featherweight champion, Warren's primary choice of combat is wrestling-based.  After losing his featherweight trinket, Warren dropped down to bantamweight and this decision is paying off: the ex-champion has won three straight on his way to this title match.  Understanding that in order to add to his odds of success, Warren has worked tirelessly on developing as a striker and has aligned himself with a team that has specific experience in this area.  It will be interesting to see how much more his vertical game has improved come May 2nd.
Silva, a Brazilian, is a highly skilled grappler and no slouch when it comes to punching and kicking.  He is also highly experienced in the MMA world and has won his two Bellator appearances; he submitted Rodrigo Lima via rear naked choke and defeated Anthony Leone by decision over three rounds.  Although he can hold his own while on his feet, there is no question that Silva prefers to stifle and weaken his prey while on the cage floor prior to committing to the kill. He has his work cut out for him, as taking Warren to the ground will be no easy task, especially considering that the Brazilian is a late replacement.
Stylistically, the match breaks down as a torrid affair, but it is important to remember that Silva took this bout on short notice.  One has to wonder about his conditioning and what effect this will have on his plan of attack. It is realistic to believe that Silvia will come out hard, as having to go five rounds on short notice is difficult even when one has been specifically training for that many rounds for several weeks.  The Brazilian will show a sense of urgency and try to smother Warren into a mistake in order to setup a quick submission attempt.  Although Silva has the skills needed to win, it would seem that Warren is fresher and has a little more to his game at this stage of his career.  It will be a struggle early but Warren will end the night with his hand raised in victory.  

Sergio L. Martinez
Mixed Martial Arts News

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