Anderson Silva stood upright in the center of the octagon, his hands down at his waist. For any other fighter, that's not a good thing.
But for Silva, the world's pound-for-pound best mixed martial artist, that means the fight is about to end for the other guy in the cage. From that relaxed position, Silva delivered a right jab that dropped Yushin Okami. Silva added a second knockdown a minute or so later via a right hook, then followed with ground and pound to successfully defend his middleweight championship for a record ninth consecutive fight at UFC 134 in Rio.
It was also Silva's 15th straight win inside the octagon, another UFC record.
Silva (29-4), from Curitiba, Brazil, faced several possible distractions in the past few weeks as the UFC's first trip to Rio since 1998 drew closer. Silva was the headliner in his home country and also recently signed endorsement deals with Burger King and Nike, both firsts for the UFC.
Okami (25-7) put up very little offense in the seven-plus minutes of the fight. But he left the cage with a bloodied face, the result of Silva's accurate striking.
Should Chael Sonnen defeat Brian Stann at UFC 136 in October in Houston, it is widely believed that he'd get a rematch against Silva. It was Sonnen who had the most success against the Silva in the octagon. Sonnen had Silva battered and beaten through four-plus rounds before tapping out to a triangle choke with two minutes.