"Anderson is training well and is strong in all MMA fundaments. Anderson is a phenomenon standing, but if anyone thinks that will take Anderson down and submit, is completely wrong. He’s a talent on the ground, has black belt level. Anderson is intelligent and good on MMA, he can surprise any opponent. But, for this fight, I think he will make a game that he is better."
Ronald "Jacare" Souza -- a two-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion who is perhaps the most dynamic specialist of his kind on the planet -- talks about the ground skills of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in a recent interview. Silva is getting ready to once again defend his 185-pound strap, taking on number one division contender Thales Leites in the main event at UFC 97: "Redemption" from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on April 17. Leites is a decorated jiu-jitsu player himself, which most fans feel is his best chance of derailing the lethal knockout artist once and for all. Not so fast, according to the "Alligator" (Jacare translated).