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The Career of UFC Legend Anderson Silva

Start of Career and PRIDE

Anderson Silva fighting Ryo Chonan at PRIDE- Shockwave 2004

Anderson Silva fighting Ryo Chonan at PRIDE- Shockwave 2004

Anderson started his MMA career in Brazil and accumulated an 8-1 record before signing for PRIDE in Japan. He made his PRIDE debut at PRIDE 21 demolition where he defeated Alex Stiebling by doctor stoppage. He won his first three fights in PRIDE by KO (flying knee), doctor stoppage, and unanimous decision before suffering his first loss at PRIDE 26 where he lost by Triangle Choke to Daiju Takase. He fought three times outside of PRIDE and once he returned he lost again this time to Ryo Chonan by heel hook at PRIDE Shockwave 2004. This ended his PRIDE career and he fought elsewhere from that point onwards.

UFC Debut

Anderson Silva Vs Chris Leben at UFC Fight Night 5: Silva Vs Leben

Anderson Silva Vs Chris Leben at UFC Fight Night 5: Silva Vs Leben

Anderson Silva made his UFC debut on June 28, 2006, at UFC Fight Night 5: Silva Vs Leben. He made short work of the former TUF contestant as he finished Leben in the first round by KO/TKO due to knees. This came after he went 3-1 in other promotions after leaving PRIDE. His professional record was now at 18-4 going into his first UFC title shot in just his second fight in the promotion. He was set to face the current UFC middleweight champion, Rich Franklin at UFC 64.

Dominant Title Reign

UFC 64 poster

UFC 64 poster

Anderson Silva received his first UFC title shot at UFC 64. He KO'ed the champion, Rich Franklin, using devastating knees from the Muay Thai clinch to finish the champion in the very first round. This began the dominant reign of one of the greatest mixed martial artists in history. He made his first UFC title defence against Nate Marquardt and finished him in the first round by KO/TKO the rest of his 10 title defences included wins over Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort.

Time at Light-HeavyWeight

Anderson KO'ing Forrest Griffin

Anderson KO'ing Forrest Griffin

In between his UFC middleweight title defenses, Anderson Silva would often move up a weight class and fight at light-heavyweight. He first fought at 205 pounds at UFC 67 against Travis Lutter. In total, he fought at 205 4 times against Lutter, Griffin, Bonnar, and Irvin. The most famous of these wins was definitely when he entered "The Matrix" in an impressive first-round KO of former light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.

End of an Era

Chris Weidmann KO'ing Anderson Silva at UFC 162

Chris Weidmann KO'ing Anderson Silva at UFC 162

Going into his 11th title defence against Chris Weidmann Silva looked invincible. During the fight, Anderson was taunting Weidmann and during one of these taunts, he was clipped with a big left hand from the American and was knocked out cold. Silva, of course, got his rematch, however, he once again came up short this time breaking his leg after Weidmann checked a leg kick.

Finishing His Career

Anderson Silva after his UFC 234 loss to Israel Adesanya.

Anderson Silva after his UFC 234 loss to Israel Adesanya.

After losing the belt Anderson Silva never found his way back to the top. He defeated Nick Diaz however, the fight was overturned to a no-contest after Silva failed a drug test. He lost a controversial decision to Michael Bisping and lost a UD to Daniel Cormier on short notice at UFC 200. He also won a controversial decision against Dereck Brunson. Since then he has lost to Adesanya and Cannonier. He is now most likely going into his final bout against Uriah Hall later today (at the time of writing).

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