Anderson Silva in general opinion is one of the greatest if not he is the G.O.A.T. If you ask why it would be extremely easy to answer. He has the most flashiest and technical skills he pulls out of his hat and a lot of cases it looks like it's with ease regardless of who he fights or has fought. Why though, what makes him so successful, why in comparison to other great strikers side by side or competing does he not only look like he's about 5 steps ahead but it looks like they do what he wants them to do and has more elements to him? If you name the greatest strikers you could think of in any sport. It looks like they lack elements in comparison. Anderson Silva looks like he has a **WAY** deeper understanding of striking in the octagon and I have not in any other sport involving striking including K.1 and Boxing have as much control with striking using similar tricks and tactics as well as him. Great All Time Strikers like Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, T.j Dillashaw, Dominick Cruz, Pedro Rizzo, Maurice Smith, Bas Rutten, Anthony Johnson, Chuck Liddell, Conor McGregor, Cain Velasquez, Wanderlei Silva, Jon Jones, George St-Pierre, Shogun Rua, Lyoto Machida, Edson Barboza, Tony Ferguson, Fedor Emelianenko and even Professional Strikers such as Mirko Cro Cop, Pat Barry, Mark Hunt, Stephen Thompson, Uriah Hall, Alistair Overeem and Donald Cerrone still pale in comparison. To me after binge watching Anderson Silva other strikers look like the same story in different guises. Stand toe to toe, feint, stalk, feint, strike, blocked, return, slip, blocked, return etc. Obviously there are set ups, different types of footwork, deeply trained arsenals and more things involved but that's generally what it starts to look like to me. So I want to discuss and learn on what makes Anderson Silva so great, what is he working with? how does he makes them work? What small details does he have that makes the whole picture? How he has so much control in fights and what makes him more dangerous than others? No one yet has really caught on to the elements or rather aspects in the stand up that Anderson possess. Now I mean no disrespect with this post. A magician never reveals their tricks. I feel I could benefit from these techniques for self defensive purposes and by no means do I have a dream to pursue an M.M.A career. Not to give off that I would by any means have the potential to be a formidable foe even for hypothetical sake. I believe Fighting is an essential and any tool especially from an all time great that worked against other greats would help anyone. Now that all of that's out of the way I want to list off the varies of differences and tools that i have noticed that differs Anderson Silva from any other M.M.A fighter and please leave a comment if you notice, point something out or have knowledge on his tricks and techniques. it's easier to spot out greatness or a fighters forte when they're not as developed. I want you guys to take this method with you if you ever want to dissect your favorite fighters and learn from their greatness. Lets go earlier into his career so we can see the staple of his arsenal in its purity. Anderson Silva V.S Fabrício Camões Immediately I notice Anderson Silva is using some Boxing distance illusions. He seems like he's closer and about to attack which provokes Fabricio to preemptive. This right here I believe is the core of his arsenal, this tactic deflects strikes, keeps distance, allows you to counter and be fully mobile and also can deny takedown attempts. The Jab was a failed attempt and Fabricio in fear throws the same jab moving forward off course. Anderson then steps back to an orthodox stance while keeping distance then returns with a right straight over the top. After Anderson hits Fabricio with a right straight Fabricio in a desperate attempt shoots for a off balanced takedown in which Anderson postures his arms out once more to deny the attempt He also steps his lead back to ensure the denial of the takedown. He also has great clinch pressure, clinch control and the threat of the Cross Face used to set up knees. In conjunction this will make a fighter with lesser control want to break out and move back HENCE why so many fighters back-peddle except for most Wrestlers. Earlier in the fight he landed a knee from his arms postured out With that successful knee that rocked Fabricio earlier, now Fabricio desperately tries to break Anderson's cross face by pushing Anderson's left forearm up and move to Anderson's right side against the ropes to attain an double under. Anderson immediately uses this opportunity to Clinch pass and get an over under and pressure Fabricio against the elastic ropes. Anderson Silva in this fight also used a smart tactic which was to pressure his opponent against the ropes to under hook his legs to pretty much attain top mount. So when they both slid off of the ropes it was an easily attained mount in favor of Anderson Silva. Much more soon.