UFC Fight Night 29 Results: Running on Fumes, Thiago Silva Outlasts Matt Hamill

October 9, 2013
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Thiago Silva at UFC 108Newly unretired former Ultimate Fighter star Matt Hamill met Brazilian powerhouse Thiago Silva at Ultimate Fight Night 29 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday night.

Silva, who entered the fight three pounds over the contracted light heavyweight limit of 205 pounds, was subsequently fined 25-percent of his show money and the fight was allowed to continue.

It turns out weight wasn’t the issue on Wednesday night, but instead it was an obvious lack of cardio that became the narrative in what was an uninspiring fight.

And that’s being nice.

Round one opened with a slowed pace, as a visibly soft-around-the-middle Silva pushed forward with a stiff jab and well-timed leg kicks.  Early in the round, Hamill scored a brief takedown. Unfortunately for the 37-year-old, it would be his lone takedown of the fight with any significance.

By the end of the first round, Silva had developed a thick sheen of sweat across his back and was taking large gulps of air as he retreated to his corner.

In fairness, he did win the round.

The second stanza saw Silva land his most poignant string of offense, when he ripped a brutal combination of hooks that left Hamill crumpled on the mat, directly at the Brazilian’s feet.  However, Silva couldn’t muster up enough energy to finish the Ohio-native, and we were on to round three.

The third round was a conundrum of meager punches, plodding movement, and little to no power from either combatant.  At one point in the third, Hamill was so beat up and exhausted that he stood in the middle of the cage like a tree, hands down, as Silva peppered him with leg kicks, body shots, and jabs to the face.

In a fight that left both fighters winded and gulping for air, Hamill survived the fifteen minutes, but lost.  Silva survived the fifteen minutes and won a unanimous decision. However, with the blown weight cut and the lackluster performance inside the cage, it doesn’t take an expert to surmise that UFC president Dana White will not look fondly on Silva’s performance.

As the old adage goes “a win is a win,” but at UFC Fight Night 29, it might not be enough to save Thiago Silva’s job.

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  • julian moran

    ”As the old adage goes’a win is a win’ but at UFC Fight Night 29, it might not be enough to save Thiago Silva’s job.”

    That was a stupid statement by the writer. Silva will not be cut, coming off a win.. unless he fails the drug test.

    • Lucas Freire

      Who knows? It’s not the first time he misses weight, he already got busted on the test twice…Judging how the UFC dismissed Okami and Fitch, I don’t see any reason to let him stay. He no longer has the kill instinct he had before, and while he still has heavy hands he’s just not as exciting as he used to be…

      • julian moran

        Fitch and Okami were cut coming off of losses. I don´t think the ufc has ever cut a fighter coming off a win, unless they failed drug tests.. other then Babalu.

        • Lucas Freire

          The problem in my opinion is he is mixing up all the problems a fighter can have with the organization.
          He failed 2x the drug test, failed on cutting weight and, he just isn’t the same since his loss to Rashad(Or to Lyoto, as he seems to deliver some mental punishment to the guys he knocked out, Rashad and Thiago Silva).

  • Milosc

    The guy was obviously hurt (likely his back, again) and looked to be in constant pain

    *Especially twisting, which took a lot off his power, and so much he couldn’t pounce when Hamill was hurt both times

    Last fight he was shredded, and you could see an obvious band of inactivity right around the torso (and what looked like some tape). I’m glad he made it through the fight, but I really hope he’ll finally heal through the injury

  • shakejunt

    matt hamill should probably retire for real, he just doesn’t seem to want to be in there anymore. he’s definitely got a few fights left in him, but i don’t think he has much left to prove.

  • Thiago Silva is a great fighter. He looked huge in the fight last night. I’m assuming he’s still have back problems and didn’t have the conditioning because of it. As much as I do love Silva that fight was really bad. Hamill should retire. An in shape Thiago Silva would have hurt him bad.