Thu. Sep 29th, 2022

Anderson Silva is one of, if not, the greatest mixed martial artists to ever step foot in the UFC octagon. On Halloween, we see him make his final walk. I won’t get too deep into his life or anything but I will highlight his legendary career. April 14, 1975, Mr. Anderson da Silva was born & in 1997, Silva started his campaign of “GOAT”. We know of all of his success in the UFC, but let’s look at some Pre-UFC Silva before we dig into that.

  Anderson started off 2-0 before getting his first loss in 2000 to Luiz Azeredo. After that, he went on a 9 fight W streak in the Shooto, Mecca & Pride organizations, winning the Middleweight Shooto championship. Daiju Takase ended that 9 W streak though by submitting Anderson with a triangle choke. After that he went 5-2 before making history happen.

  December 31, 2004, it’s round three of his fight with Ryo Chonan and Chonan pulls off a flying scissor heel hook to submit Anderson Silva. for the next 2366 days though, Anderson Silva did not forget that & went on a tear. After that loss, Silva went on to beat Tony Fryklund to defend his Cage Rage championship, resulting in him getting signed by the UFC. 

  On June 28, 2006, The Spider stepped into the octagon to fight Chris Leben which he won via 1st round KO. Then the UFC did a poll to find out who Anderson Silva should fight next, the fans selected UFC Middleweight Champion, Rich Franklin. It was on that night, October 14, 2006, Anderson Silva lands a fury of knees to the body and face where John McCarthy was forced to stop the contest at 2:59 in the 1st round to crown the new 185 King. 

  Silva’s title reign is the longest the UFC has ever seen. It included wins over the names of Chris Leben, Rich Franklin twice, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen twice, Demian Maia & Vitor Belfort. There was only 2 decision victories during his 17 fight Win streak (16 in UFC) the rest being finishes, 6 of them in the first round. What i and so many got to grow up and witness was nothing short of magical. Anderson Silva is a true one of a kind (although Izzy???) talent and i am truly blessed to have been able to watch and learn from him fighting. 

  Since the Bonnar win, Silva has seen a decline going 1-6-1 in a 8 fight, 7 year span. Granted the loses were: Chris Weidman twice, Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier, Israel Adesanya & Jared Cannonier. The no contest was a win for Silva as well but overturned due to failed drug tests by both fighters (Nick Diaz). Uriah Hall is a tough son of a gun and both fighters have their hands full. I can not wait for this fight, as bittersweet as it is. 

  Anderson Silva, thank you for everything you have done for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Thank you for being a great role model for kids everywhere. Thank you for getting kids EVERYWHERE wanting to do/watch martial arts. Thank you for giving us so many years of entertainment and so much of your time, energy & skill. Thank you for all of the taunting and trash talking. THANK YOU ANDERSON SILVA. We, the MMA community, will never forget you. Good skill and health to Hall and Silva & from the bottom of my heart, i hope Anderson Silva has the best of time in retirement. 

 Shooto Champion

 Cage Rage Champion (3 title defenses)

 UFC Middleweight Champion (10 title defenses)

 5 time UFC Fight of The Night award winner.

 7 time UFC Knockout of The Night award winner.

 2 time UFC Submission of The Night award winner.

 Longest title reign in UFC History.

 Longest win streak in UFC History.

 Most finishes in UFC Middleweight division.

 Most finishes in UFC Title Fights.

 Most knockdowns in UFC History.

 Most knockdowns in UFC Title Fight History.

 Most knockouts in UFC Title Fights. 

 2008 Sports Illustrated Fighter of the Year.

 Future Hall Of Famer.

By Ross Thornton

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