- Anderson Silva
height=height|ft=6|in=2 [Anderson Silva's UFC profile [http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=fighter.detail&pid=440] ]
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Team Nogueira MMA Academy
Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Anderson "The Spider" Silva (born April 14, 1975) is a
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsublack belt and mixed martial artist. Since October 14, 2006 he has been the Ultimate Fighting Championshipmiddleweight champion. [cite web
title="Ace" is Up: Silva Takes UFC Belt in Full House
date=October 15, 2006
Sherdog] He has also competed in PRIDE Fighting Championships, Cage Rage, Shooto, and Rumble on the Rock.
Once a member of
Chute Boxe Academy, he left to form the Muay Thai Dream Team. In late November 2006, he joined a new team called Black House with Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Assuerio Silva, and the Nogueirabrothers. On May 16, 2008, Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueiraopened the Team Nogueira MMA Academyin Miami, Florida. [cite web
title=UFC champions Nogueira, Silva partnering on fight academy in downtown Miami
publisher=South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com] [cite web
title=Anderson Silva's 'Mother' Passes
publisher=Sherdog] [cite web
publisher=Team Nogueira MMA
MMAWeekly, Sherdogand Nokautcurrently rank Anderson Silva as the number one middleweight in the world, cite web
title=MMA's Top Ten
date=August 8, 2007
publisher= [http://www.mmaweekly.com MMAWeekly] ] cite web
title=Sherdog's Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings
Sherdog] cite web
title=Nokaut's TOP 10 Fighter Rankings
date=August 18, 2007
publisher= [http://www.nokaut.com Nokaut] ] while both Sherdog and
Yahoo! Sportsrank Silva as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. [cite web
title="The Spider" Tops Fedor in Sherdog P4P Rankings
Sherdog] cite web
title=Why some fighters get no rankings love
publisher= [http://sports.yahoo.com Yahoo! Sports] ]
Silva will coach alongside
Lyoto Machidafor Team Nogueira in "".cite web
title=Lyoto e Anderson Silva no TUF
Although known primarily for his skills in Muay Thai, Silva is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he earned in 2006 from
Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. [cite web
title=Anderson Silva Gets His Black Belt
date=August 11, 2006
Early mixed martial arts
Silva initially fought in the Mecca organization in Brazil. Silva lost his first fight to
Luiz Azeredoby decision. After that fight, he went on a nine-fight winning streak, winning six of those fights by either submission or TKO. After winning his first match in Japan he was put up against Shooto champion Hayato Sakurai. Silva beat Sakurai in a 3 round unanimous decision,and became the new Shooto middleweight (167 lb) champion on August 26, 2001 in Japan
PRIDE Fighting Championships and Cage Rage
In 2002, Silva began fighting in
PRIDE. In his first fight with the promotion, he stopped Alex Steibling with a cut resulting from a high kick. In his next match, he won via decision against the "Diet Butcher" Alexander Otsuka. At " PRIDE 25", Silva faced former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton. Newton tried to shoot in on Silva, but was hit with a flying knee. Newton collapsed and Silva finished the fight with strikes, winning by technical knockout.
PRIDE 26", Silva faced Daiju Takase. Considering his record at the time – with only four wins to seven losses – Takase was a strong underdog. Surprisingly, Takase submitted Silva with a triangle chokelate in the first round. [http://www.spidersilva.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2&Itemid=11]
After his loss to Takase, Silva fought in other promotions around the world. On June 27, 2004, Silva fought
Jeremy Hornand earned a decision victory. Three months later, Silva made his debut in the Cage Ragepromotion in England. At "Cage Rage 8" Silva fought and defeated noted striker Lee Murrayby decision.
That year, Silva returned to PRIDE on December 31 to face
Ryo Chonan. Silva was in control with a take down and body triangle in the first round. Chonan was able to counter Silva's knees from the clinch, with knees, and takedowns. Despite being the underdog, Chonan ended the fight in the third round with a flying scissor heel hook, forcing Silva to submit.
After the loss to Chonan, Silva continued fighting in the Cage Rage promotion, as well as other promotions around the world. Silva defended his Cage Rage title against Curtis Stout before fighting in Hawaii's Rumble on the Rock promotion, where he fought
Yushin Okamiin the first round of the 175 lb tournament. Although he was labeled as the favorite to win the tournament, Silva lost his fight when he kicked Okami in the face from the guard position. Okami's knees were on the ground at the time, making the attack an illegal strike to the head of a downed opponent. [http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=5818&zoneid=13] Silva was disqualified, and remains bitter about the incident. "I feel it was a cheap, cowardly way of winning. [http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/mma/news/story?id=3289555] . Silva went further and said that "People that were there saw that he was in the condition to come back and keep fighting, and he didn't." [http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/mma/news/story?id=3289555]
Although he was slated to fight
Matt Lindlandat "Cage Rage 16", Lindland's decision to fight Mike Van Arsdale at "Raze Fight Night" put an end to the highly-anticipated match up. Instead, Silva defended his championship against Tony Fryklund, winning the fight with a reverse elbow, knocking out Fryklund early in the first round. [http://www.boxinginlasvegas.com/UFC/ufc67_by_kritzer.htm]
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Although speculation ran rampant about where Silva would sign next, the UFC announced in late April 2006 that they had signed him to a multi-fight contract, one of these fights believed to be for the middleweight title. It was not long before the UFC started promoting Silva, releasing an interview segment almost immediately after announcing his arrival. [cite web
title=Anderson Silva: A New Contender Arrives in the UFC
date=May 3, 2006
Silva made his anticipated debut at "Ultimate Fight Night 5" on June 28, 2006. His opponent was
Chris Leben, a contestant from " The Ultimate Fighter 1" reality show who had since gone undefeated in the UFC with five consecutive victories. A relatively unknown fighter in the United States, Silva made an emphatic debut when he knocked out Leben with a flurry of strikes, followed by a final knee strike at 49 seconds into the first round. In response to the victory, the UFC quickly tallied a poll on their main page, asking viewers to select Silva's next opponent; the majority of voters selected UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin.
Although it is unknown whether the UFC voters had any bearing on the situation, Silva was given his chance at the title at "
UFC 64" on October 14, 2006. [cite web
title=UFC 64 To Feature Franklin-Silva & Sherk-Florian
date=August 28, 2006
first=Damon] Silva defeated Franklin by TKO (strikes) at 2:59 in the first round. Silva hit Franklin with knees to the body in 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 then crowned the new UFC middleweight champion. Anderson Silva joined Black House-teammate
Lyoto Machidaas the only men to have beaten Franklin.
On February 3, 2007, Silva defeated "
The Ultimate Fighter 4" winner Travis Lutterby submission in the second round via triangle choke at " UFC 67". What was to be Silva's first title defense since defeating Franklin in October 2006 was quickly changed to a non-title bout following Lutter's unsuccessful attempt to make the 185 pound weight limit for the title contest. [cite web
title=UFC 67: Silva, "Rampage" and "Cro Cop" Triumphant
date=February 4, 2007
Silva successfully defended his title against
Nate Marquardton July 7, 2007 in Sacramento, Californiaon the " UFC 73" card, winning by TKO at 4:50 in the first round.
On October 20, 2007 at "
UFC 77", Silva defeated Franklin in a rematch by TKO in the 2nd round. The fight was in Franklin's home town of Cincinnati, Ohioand took place at the U.S. Bank Arenacite web
title=UFC 77 Comes Together
date=August 12, 2007
pubilsher= [http://www.nokaut.com Nokaut] ]
Silva defended his UFC Middleweight Championship against
Pride FCWelterweight champion Dan Hendersonat UFC 82on March 1, 2008 in a title unification bout, winning by submission via rear naked choke in the second round.
Silva won his UFC Light Heavyweight debut against James Irvin on July 19, 2008 at via KO due to strikes in 1:01 of the first round. It has been announced that he will face
Patrick Côtéat UFC 90on October 25, 2008 at the Allstate Arenain Rosemont, Illinoiswho replaced an injured Yushin Okami.
Silva is undefeated in the UFC, having won all of his fights in two rounds or less.
Roy Jones Jr.
Following his win over Dan Henderson, in an interview with MMA Weekly, Anderson Silva's manager stated that "Anderson would love to fight Roy Jones in a boxing match under boxing rules to prove that MMA fighters are technical, too.":cite web
title=Anderson Silva Does Want to Box Roy Jones, Jr.|last=Pishna|first=Ken|publisher=MMA Weekly|date=2008-03-11|accessdate=2008-03-12] UFC president, Dana White, later expressed that he would use his veto power to stop such a match from taking place. [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=mmajunkie-White_wont_permit_Silva-Jones&prov=mmajunkie&type=lgns Dana White won't permit Silva-Jones Jr. fight - MMA - Yahoo! Sports ] ]
In a recent interview with Brazilian SporTV, Anderson Silva has stated that he has already given it his all and has decided to retire in 2009. [http://www.fightticker.com/story_0921081938_anderson_silva_to_retire_in_2009] [http://mma-live.com/anderson-silva-will-retire-within-the-year/] However his manager has stated that Anderson Silva still has 6 fights left on his contract and will not retire before then. And that Anderson Silva plans to retire when he is 35 and he is still 18 months away from that age. [http://mmajunkie.com/news/5351/manager-no-truth-to-recent-anderson-silva-retirement-talk.mma]
Cage RageMiddleweight Champion
ShootoMiddleweight Championship in 2001
Mixed martial arts record
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