Anderson Silva: The Spider of UFC
Anderson Silva is one the best MMA fighters in the world, considered by most even better than Fedor Emelianenko. The Brazilian is very ambitious and treats every fight like his last moment alive. That explains his ferocity dictated by the motto of giving everything for the win without blinking.
Anderson Silva is without any doubt one of the greatest mixed martial arts artist ever, considered by most even better than Fedor Emelianenko. Compared to those, The Spider is a complete fighter in all aspects, being tall enough (1.88 meters). His blows are devastating, making one the toughest fighters in world, being able to land knee strikes, elbow strikes with ease, or powerful jabs and hooks. Despite his preference for stand up fight (due to his Muay Thai past), the Brazilian is not afraid of ground battles. Why do I say that Anderson Silva is a complete fighter, but prefers more stand up fight? The Spider started his martial arts career in Taekwondo at the age of 12, earning the black belt at the age of 18. Moreover, Silva is known for his perfect mastery of Muay Thai (he has a black belt in this style also). Silva worked hard during childhood in order to get a yellow belt in capoeira. Later on, in mid 2000s Silva specialized himself in ground battle and earned a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the legendary Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and another black belt in Judo.
The Spider Anderson Silva was born on Aprill 14th 1975. Silva was used with poverty from childhood and learned how to fight in Curitiba, where he spent most of his time with his uncle, who was a police officer. He started practicing Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 12, but this style was considered an exclusive and elitist sport and Silva could not afford to continue. As a result, The Spider started practicing Taekwando at the age of 12, moved on to Capoeira and ended up loving Muay Thai at the age of 16.
Anderson Silva entered in MMA in 1997 in Brazilian welterweight category. He has 39 matches, out which 33 are wins (20 knockouts and submissions). After winning 4 out his 5 matches in Brazilian category, Silva decided to go in Japan and fight in Shoto. The Spider fought against the reigning Shoto champion, Hayato Sakurai, a Japanese with 20 victories out of 20 matches. Silva won by unanimous decision and become Shoto champion and attracted the attention of everyone. From that moment, Anderson Silva was considered one the most talented fighters in the world and a rising star.
The Brazilian debuted in Pride in 2002 and recorded some spectacular wins because he battered his opponents with knee strikes and punches. Silva was near to quit MMA after he lost the match against Daiju Takase, but he was persuaded by Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira to continue. The Spider wonder a bit in the wild, fighting in Rumble and Cage Rage until he found his eternal glory in UFC.
Anderson Silva debuted in UFC in June 2006. Four months later, The Spider became UFC Champion, after defeating Middleweight Champion Rick Franklin. The Brazilian demonstrated his Muay Thai prowess, by continuously hitting Franklin with flying knees and devastating jabs. What is more impressing is that Silva won the match in just 2 minutes and 59 seconds. Silva defended his title 10 times, having 16 straight wins, an all time UFC record that can hardly be beaten by someone else.
The Brazilian defended his Champion title against important fighters like Dan Henderson, James Irvin, Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Forrest Griffin, Demian Maia, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Stephan Bonnar.
Anderson Silva was finally crushed in UFC in 2013 by Chris Weidman. The Spider was confident that can win the match and in the second round tried to dodge his opponent’s punches, but Weidman landed a devastating hook that ended up Silva’s record of the longest title reign in UFC history. In the rematch Silva ended up injured, broking his fibula and tibia and was defeated for the second time by Chris Weidman.
Anderson Silva is one of the best MMA fighters ever. Specialists considered Silva’s striking ability to be one of the best in MMA, especially because of his precision and accuracy to land the blows (68.7% accuracy – number 1 one in UFC’s accuracy). Despite counting more on violent and ferocious Muay Thai blows, Silva proved to be a very dangerous ground fighter also: he submitted important rivals like the Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson or Travis Lutter (black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). The Brazilian has the most all-time knockdowns in UFC history (17 KOs), longest all-time UFC win streak (16), most title fight victories (11), most UFC title defenses (10) and the longest reign by days in UFC (2.814).