Now we'll look at the finish. Trips have often been used to set up strikes in Anderson Silva's game - take a look at the piece I wrote about his Thai clinch clinic of Rich Franklin
to understand that better. Here it was no difference - Silva uses takedowns to create scrambles, openings for strikes and to get his opponents off of him, he has no interest in holding his opponents on the mat.
1. Silva has a 2-on-1 on Bonnar's left arm.
2. Silva hooks behind Bonnar's left leg with his right and drives him over it.
3. As he drops the trapping knee to the floor Silva uses his right hand to catch Bonnar's elevated left foot and uses his left hand to drive Bonnar's hips backward.
4. Bonnar hits the deck and starts to come up but Silva is already on his feet and chasing the American.
Below is the finish as Silva drives Bonnar into the fence. Few fighters take advantage of the elasticity of the fence but there is little doubt in my mind that this was Silva's intention as he drove Bonnar into it. He doesn't follow Bonnar into the fence but performs a jumping switch step in order to have his left knee meet Bonnar on his return.
The number of fighters who use the elasticity of the ring or cage fence to create collisions with
their rebounding opponent is remarkably few. Bas Rutten used a teep onto the ring ropes to brawl with every opponent he met, Randy Couture enjoyed running opponents into the fence and scooping their legs up as they rebounded (most notably on Chuck Liddell) - but few men use the fence as well as Anderson Silva.
Whether Anderson Silva is
Bracing his back against the fence to keep himself up as he clinch fights and wears down bigger men (such as Bonnar and Okami),
Striking opponents as he presses them against it (Rich Franklin, Chael Sonnen),
Rebounding opponents from it (Bonnar)
Pressuring opponents towards it before firing strikes (Nate Marquardt)
or even cheekily grabbing it to avoid the takedown (Chael Sonnen)
it is clear that Silva's ability to use
the octagon as his partner in a fight has been hugely influential in his becoming the most successful man to ever fight inside it.