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Anderson Silva was born April 14, 1975. He is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and current UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva is the UFC’s longest reigning champion and also holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses. He has 12 post-fight bonus awards. Silva is ranked as the #1 middleweight in the world by nearly publication and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world according to ESPN, Sherdog, Yahoo! Sports and other publications. UFC president Dana White has called Silva “the greatest mixed martial artist ever.”
Anderson is 6 ft, 2 in (1.88 m) and holds the UFC Middleweight title at 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st). Although known primarily for his mastery of Muay Thai striking, Silva is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, a rank he earned in 2006 from Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira who follows the Gracie Lineage through Carlson Gracie, like Murilo Bustamante and the Brazilian Top Team. He began martial arts training at the age of 12, training Tae Kwon Do and earning a black belt by the age of 18. He is also a black belt in Judo, a yellow rope in Capoeira and is a professional boxer.
Once a member of the Chute Boxe Academy, Silva left to form the Muay Thai Dream Team. In late November 2006, he joined new team Black House with Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Assuerio Silva, and the Nogueira brothers.
The UFC announced in late April 2006 that they had signed The Spider to a multi-fight contract. It was not long before the UFC started promoting Silva, releasing an interview segment almost immediately after announcing his arrival. This was largely due to his rising popularity stemming from successful runs in other promotions such as Shooto, Pride, Cage Rage and Rumble on the Rock.
Silva made his debut at Ultimate Fight Night 5 on June 28, 2006. His opponent was The Ultimate Fighter 1 contestant Chris Leben who had gone undefeated in the UFC with five consecutive victories. Leben, confident of victory, had predicted he would KO Silva in a pre-fight interview. A relatively unknown fighter in the United States, Silva made an emphatic debut when he knocked out Leben with a flurry of pinpoint strikes, followed by a final knee strike at 49 seconds into the first round. Silva’s striking accuracy was 85%.
In response to the victory, the UFC tallied a poll on their main page, asking viewers to select Silva’s next opponent. The majority of voters selected the UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin. Silva fought Franklin at UFC 64 on October 14, 2006, and defeated him by TKO (strikes) at 2:59 in the first round. Silva hit Franklin with knees to the body from the Muay Thai-clinch, then badly broke Franklin’s nose with a knee to the face. Unable to strike back, Franklin dodged the last of Silva’s strikes before falling to the ground, where referee “Big” John McCarthy ended the fight. Silva was crowned the new UFC Middleweight Champion, becoming the second man to defeat Franklin, after Black House-teammate Lyoto Machida.
Anderson Silva is a well rounded fighter whose striking ability is considered to be one of the best in MMA. Silva’s striking accuracy, knockout power, technically vicious Muay Thai and ability to counterstrikemakes him a danger to his opponents. Silva’s striking uses three major strengths: technical precision, the jab, and transitions and movement.Silva switches from southpaw to orthodox with little drop-off in effectiveness.Although it has been claimed that his ground game is not as good as his stand-up, Silva has submitted notable grapplers, including Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt Travis Lutter and Olympic alternate Chael Sonnen.
Silva holds several statistical records in the UFC including: Most all-time knockdowns in UFC history (17), No. 1 in significant strike accuracy (67.8%), Longest all-time UFC win streak (16), Best all-time UFC win percentage (1.000), Most title fight victories (11), Most UFC title defenses (10) and Longest reign by days (2,420).
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Anderson Silva faced Chris Weidman on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162. He lost by KO in the second round, ending his streak of the longest title reign in UFC history.
An immediate rematch with Weidman is expected for December 28, 2013 at UFC 168.