About Anderson Silva Training Anderson Silva is the UFC Middleweight Champion of the world. He is considered the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist on the planet. He lives in Curitiba, Brazil.
In Striking Combos for MMA, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva unveils for the first time ever, all the striking combinations that have made him the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter on the planet. Through descriptive analysis and slow motion sequences, he teaches you not only how to attack your opponent with aggressive punching combinations but also how to halt your opponent in the middle of his attacks with highly technical counterpunching combinations. He shows you how to overwhelm your opponent by combining punches, kicks, knees, and elbow strikes into fluid, sealmess assaults. Furthermore, he demonstrates a host of deadly Muay Thai counterattacking combinations to make your opponent pay every time he comes forward with an attack of his own. Leaving no stone unturned, he even includes combination drills to increase the speed, power, and timing of your striking. Whether you are a beginner martial artist of a professional MMA figher, Striking Combos for MMA is for youAll tactics on Striking Combos for MMA are in revolutionary technique presentation featuring both orthodox and southpaw optical flow replays, and cover five main categories:
Boxing Combos: Attacking
Boxing Combos: Countering
Muay Thai Combos: Attacking
Muay Thai Combos: Countering
BOXING COMBOS: ATTACKING
* Lead hook (close-range), lead hook (mid-range) - strikes ideal for when separating from clinch.
* Jab, outside slip, lead uppercut, lead hook, cross - attacking with jab and countering opponent's cross.
* Jab, outside slip/counter cross, lead hook - disrupting opponent's cross variation.
* Jab, cross, lead hook, outside slip, jab, cross, lead hook, inside slip, cross, lead hook, cross - drill for improving timing and reaction speed under fire.
* Rear uppercut, outside weave, lead hook, rear uppercut - using weaving and angle variation to elude opponent's strikes whilst launching your attack.
* Jab, jab, inside shoulder roll, cross - providing a difficult target for opponent whilst attacking him with rapid-fire strikes.
* Jab, outside slip, lead hook, lead hook, outside slip/counter cross - stealth attacking from your opponent's blind spot.
* Jab, jab, lead outside block, jab, cross - jabbing while incorporating the lead forearm to block, then closing with a cross.
* Jab, lean back, jab, cross, lead hook - leaning back to avoid opponent's strike, then counterstriking before he can launch another attack.
* Jab, cross, inside slip, jab, cross, jab - countering your opponent's counterstrikes.
BOXING COMBOS: COUNTERING
* Rear parry/counter jab, lead hook, cross, lead hook - frustrating your opponent's attacking game, causing him to compromise his posture before launching your own attack.
* Lead parry/counter jab, cross, lead hook, cross - variation of previous technique.
* Lead outside block, rear outside block, cross, lead hook, cross - intercepting your opponent's haymakers before countering.
* Inside slip/counter jab, rear uppercut, lead hook, rear uppercut - attacking your opponent's initial jab.
* Inside slip/counter jab, backward-stepping cross, backward-stepping lead hook, cross - retreating from opponent's attack whilst remaining on the offensive.
* Outside slip/counter cross, lead hook, rear uppercut, lead hook, overhand right - countering his initial cross while maintaining your ground.
* Inside shoulder roll, rear uppercut, lead hook - dodging his cross before countering.
* Inside shoulder roll, rear uppercut, lead hook, cross, lead hook - variation of previous technique.
* Lean back/counter jab, cross, rear uppercut, rear hook, lead hook, cross, lead hook - advanced combo countering his jab.
* Lead sidestep/lead hook, rear uppercut - evading the cross with sidestep slip before counterstriking.
* Lead sidestep slip/lead hook, lead hook, rear hook, lead hook, rear hook - variation of previous techniques employing minimal hip rotation, but more intercepting.
* Lead outside block/counter cross, lead hook, cross - countering rear hook with block, then retaliation.
* Rear parry/counter cross, lead hook - parrying jab and counterstriking.
* Inside slip, outside slip, inside slip, cross, jab, cross - slipping opponent's jabs and returning fire.
* Rear sidestep slip, cross, jab - working off his attacking angle and countering.
* Outside slip, lead uppercut - evading his rear hand, then countering.
* Inside weave, outside weave, lead hook, cross - ducking under his hooks before answering them.
* Back-stepping jab, back-stepping cross, back-stepping jab, back-stepping cross - drill for countering over-aggressive opponent by retreating whilst returning fire.
* Inside slip, lead outside body block, lead hook - punishing opponent for his combo while blending your defense with offense.
* Outside slip, lead hook - close-range slipping and attacking.
* Inside slip/outside slip, rear outside body block/lead outside body block, lead hook/cross, jab, cross - another drill for blending offense with defense whilst maintaining your base.
* Inside slip, shovel hook, lead hook, cross - slipping his lead while attacking his body and head.
* Outside weave, lead hook, rear uppercut, lead hook - ducking under opponent's lead hook and countering.
* Outside slip, inside slip, cross, lead hook - advanced variation for countering his jab.
* Inside slip, rear uppercut, lead hook, cross step, cross/jab/cross - creating dominant angle of attack before unloading power shots.
MUAY THAI COMBOS: ATTACKING
* Double rear Thai kicks - kicking consecutive shots to penetrate his checking.
* Double lead Thai kicks - lead variation of previous technique.
* Double knees - attacking midsection with powerful knee strikes.
* Lead uppercut, rear side elbow, lead side elbow, rear Thai head kick - forcing opponent into defensive mode in order to open up with your combo.
* Jab, cross, lead parry, rear side elbow - launching counterstrike in middle of combo to nullify and capitalize on opponent's reactions.
* Jab, lean back, rear knee - attacking, then employing lean back rather than parrying.
* Jab, cross, lead cross block, rear spinning elbow - unorthodox technique to stun and open up opponent to your strikes.
* Jab, outside block, lead push kick, rear Thai head kick, lead Thai head kick - attacking, countering his kick, then continuing your attack.
MUAY THAI COMBOS: COUNTERING
* Lead parry, rear side elbow, rear knee - parrying his jab and punishing him with your own strikes.
* Lead parry, rear side elbow, rear knee cross, rear Thai head kick - more advanced version of previous technique.
* Crosscheck, cross, rear outside block, rear outside elbow - checking his inside kick and countering.
* Outside slip, lead hook, rear side elbow, rear knee - dodging opponent's jab with a slip and using the slip to launch your counterattack.
* Inside slip, lead uppercut elbow, rear side elbow - advanced technique to avoid his cross and launch your elbows.
* Inside slip, cross, rear head kick - slipping his cross, then attacking with a punch- and kick-combo.
* Outside slip/counter lead uppercut, lead hook, rear side elbow - dodging your opponent's jab while in opposite stances and counterstriking.
* Rear front kick parry, jab, rear side elbow - scooping his front kick then retaliating with a punch- and elbow-combo.
* Lead upward block, rear downward elbow (knee block), rear side elbow - blocking his looping punch, elbowing his knee strike and countering with your own elbow.
* Lead downward elbow (block of cross to body), lead uppercut elbow - countering with elbow strikes.
* Rear upward block/rear side elbow, lead upward block/lead side elbow, rear knee, lead knee - shutting down opponent's looping punches with elbows and knees.
* Lead outside block (with cross-body parry), rear side elbow - blocking his rear hand with your forearm, then attacking with an elbow.
* Counter push (switch step), lead head kick - intercepting his cross with a shove and changing stance before kicking to his head.
* Lead downward elbow (counter to rear knee), lead uppercut elbow, rear side elbow - intercepting his knee with a nasty elbow, then punishing him with elbows.
* Focus-pad work and Thai-pad work with partner.
* Drills include: Free flow boxing combos, free flow Muay Thai combos and continuous uppercuts.
For the kickboxer, see Anderson Silva (kickboxer).
Anderson SilvaBornAnderson da Silva
April 14, 1975 (age 37)
São Paulo, BrazilOther namesThe SpiderResidenceCuritiba, BrazilNationalityBrazilianHeight6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)DivisionMiddleweight
Light HeavyweightReach77.6 inches (1.97 m)StyleMuay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,Taekwondo, BoxingStanceSouthpawFighting out ofCuritiba, BrazilTeamChute Boxe Academy
Muay Thai Dream Team
Team NogueiraTrainerBoxing: Josuel Distak and Luiz Dorea
Jiu-Jitsu: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Sylvio Behring and Ramon Lemos
Wrestling: Mark MunozRankBlack belt in Muay Thai
Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Judo
Black belt in Taekwondo
Yellow rope in CapoeiraYears active1997 – presentProfessional boxing recordTotal2Wins1By knockout1Losses1By knockout1Mixed martial arts record
http://www.spideranderson.com/Boxing record from BoxrecMixed martial arts record from Sherdoglast updated on: July 18, 2012Anderson da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐ̃deʁsõ ˈsiwvɐ]; born April 14, 1975) 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 multiple publications including Sherdog and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world according to ESPN, Sherdog, Yahoo! Sports and other publications. Silva holds notable victories over former MMA champions Carlos Newton, Hayato Sakurai, Rich Franklin (x2), Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Nate Marquardt and Chris Leben. UFC president Dana White has called Silva "the greatest mixed martial artist ever."
Silva first began training Jiu Jitsu with neighborhood kids who could afford lessons. He explained his introduction to martial arts in an interview with FIGHT! Magazine: “When I started out, Jiu-Jitsu was really an elite thing in Brazil, and there was some prejudice towards poorer kids, so I had to learn things on my own... Some of my neighbors started doing Jiu-Jitsu, so I started watching it, and then started rolling with them. It wasn’t organized training, but it was better than nothing.” By the age of twelve his family was able to set aside enough money to start him in Tae Kwon Do lessons, from which he moved on to Capoeira, before finally settling on Muay Thai at the age of sixteen.
Before he began his career as a professional fighter, Silva worked at McDonalds, and also as a file clerk. He also considers Spider-Man a personal hero, and has a stated love of comic books and comic book heroes.
Mixed martial arts careerAlthough 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 professionalboxer.
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 withLyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Assuerio Silva, and the Nogueira brothers.
Early careerSilva initially fought in his native Brazil in the welterweight category. According to Sherdog.com, Silva made his professional debut in 1997 with a pair of wins.Silva recorded his first loss in 2000 to Luiz Azeredo by 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 on August 26, 2001. Silva beat Sakurai by unanimous decision after three rounds and became the new Shooto Middleweight Champion (at 167 lb) and the first man to defeat Sakurai who was undefeated in his first 20 fights.
Pride Fighting ChampionshipsIn 2002, Silva began fighting in Pride. In his first fight with the promotion, he stopped Alex Stiebling 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 shootin on Silva, but was hit with a flying knee. Newton collapsed and Silva finished the fight with strikes, winning by technical knockout.
At Pride 26, Silva faced Daiju Takase. Takase, with a record of four wins and seven losses, was considered a big underdog. Surprisingly, after dominating most of the fight with takedowns, top position, and effective ground and pound, Takase submitted Silva with a triangle choke late in the first round. After his loss to Takase, Silva became demotivated and thought about quitting MMA, but was convinced to keep on fighting by Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. Silva then left Chute Boxe, joined Nogueira in Brazilian Top Team and started to fight in other promotions around the world. On June 27, 2004, Silva fought Jeremy Horn and earned a decision victory.
Cage RageThree months later, Silva made his debut in the Cage Rage promotion in England. At Cage Rage 8 Silva fought and defeated noted striker Lee Murray by 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. Chonan was perceived by some to be winning up until the finish. During the third round, Bas Rutten, commentating alongside Mauro Ranallo, stated that he believed Anderson must obtain a knockout or strong finish or he would lose the fight. 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 he was cut by pride, 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.
Although he was slated to fight Matt Lindland at 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.
Rumble on the RockSilva competed in Hawaii's Rumble on the Rock promotion, where he fought Yushin Okami in the first round of the 175 lb tournament. Though labeled as a favorite to win the tournament, Silva was eliminated from the tournament 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. Silva later said that the rule had not been properly explained to him before the bout. "When I fought Okami the rules really weren't explained to me properly in the event I was fighting in," said Silva. "You could kick a downed opponent to the groin or to the head when your back's on the ground. So the rules weren’t explained to me properly." While Okami was given the opportunity to recover and continue fighting, Okami opted for the disqualification win. Silva responded by saying he "felt it was a cheap, cowardly way of winning," and that "people that were there saw that he was in the condition to come back and keep fighting, and he didn't."
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipAlthough 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. It was not long before the UFC started promoting Silva, releasing an interview segment almost immediately after announcing his arrival.
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%.
Middleweight championIn 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.
Title defenses and light heavyweight boutsOn February 3, 2007 at UFC 67, Silva was scheduled to fight The Ultimate Fighter 4 winner Travis Lutter in what would be his first title defense since defeating Rich Franklin in October 2006. However, Lutter failed to make the 185 pounds (84 kg) weight limit and the match was changed to a non-title bout. Many felt that Lutter's best chance to win was to take the fight to the ground, with Lutter being an accomplished Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt. Silva won via submission with combination of a triangle choke and elbow strikes in the second round.
In his next fight at UFC 73 on July 7, 2007, Silva successfully defended his title against Nate Marquardt, winning by TKO at 4:50 in the first round. Three months later, on October 20, 2007 at UFC 77, Silva fought a title defense rematch against Rich Franklin, in Franklin's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio at the U.S. Bank Arena. Silva defended his belt by defeating Franklin via TKO in the 2nd round. On March 1, 2008 at UFC 82 Silva fought Pride Middleweight champion Dan Henderson, in a title unification bout (UFC and Pride titles on the line). Henderson was believed to have the edge on the ground, having competed in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling. Silva defended his title by defeating Henderson via rear naked choke in the 2nd round. At UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin on July 19, 2008, Silva made his debut at Light Heavyweight (205 lb (93 kg)) in a bout against James Irvin. Silva won via KO due to strikes in 1:01 of the first round after catching Irvin's attempted leg kick with his left arm and delivering a straight right that dropped Irvin to the mat, Silva then finished a prone Irvin with a blitz of punches to the head.
Silva's next fight was on October 25, 2008 at UFC 90 in Rosemont, Illinois, Silva defended his Middleweight title against Patrick Côté. In the third round, Côté landed awkwardly on his right leg while throwing a kick and fell to the mat grasping his right knee in pain. Referee Herb Dean declared the fight over when Côté could not continue, ruling the bout a TKO victory for Silva. Côté, however, became the first of Silva's UFC opponents to make it past the 2nd round. After his fight with Côté, Silva was criticized for seemingly avoiding contact during the bout. Dana White criticized Silva, saying: "I didn't understand Silva's tactics... It wasn't the Anderson Silva I've been watching the last two years." Silva said in the post-fight news conference:
"There are many people saying I was disrespecting Cote, but this is absolutely not true. My game plan since the beginning was fight five rounds, inducing him to commit mistakes and capitalize on that during the first three rounds and look for the knockout during the fourth and fifth rounds. It was working, and the biggest proof of that is that I almost didn’t waste any blows. I connected with a couple of good punches and knees, but unfortunately he got hurt and the fight was over. This is not my fault."
On April 18, 2009 at UFC 97 in Montreal, Canada, Anderson Silva defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt Thales Leites by Unanimous Decision, and recorded his UFC record 9th consecutive win in the octagon. Thales Leites is credited with being the first man in UFC history to take Silva through 5 rounds to a judges' decision. The crowd repeatedly booed his lackluster performance, bored expression, and frustrated attempts to goad his opponent into fighting, and in the 4th and 5th rounds took to dancing, lowering his guard and slapping his opponent without retaliation. Following the fight, Dana White has stated that he was "embarrassed" by Silva's performance, but still said that he believes him to be "the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world".
At UFC 101 which took place on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Silva again fought at 205 pounds against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin. Griffin was knocked down three times in the first round. The bout earned Silva Beatdown of the Year honors from Sherdog. The bout shared those honors with the second bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. Both fighters were awarded $60,000 as Fight of the Night bonuses and Silva received $60,000 in bonus money for Knockout of the Night.
After defeating Griffin, a Yahoo! Sports reporter allegedly claimed that Silva's manager, Ed Soares, had confirmed that Silva would abandon his Middleweight belt to fight at Light Heavyweight. However, Soares and a UFC spokesperson confirmed that a conversation agreeing Silva would permanently move up to Light Heavyweight never took place. Silva did not relinquish his title to fight exclusively at Light Heavyweight. Soares stated his attorney plans to speak to Yahoo! Sports about the matter.
Silva was expected to defend the UFC Middleweight Championship against Vitor Belfort on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108. However, Ed Soares announced that the bout would not take place as Silva would not be fully recovered from surgery. Silva was then set to face Belfort on February 6, 2010 at UFC 109. The fight, however, was dependent on Silva's healing, which he described as "not going as planned."The fight was canceled because of Silva's slow recovery. Silva was once again scheduled to face Belfort on April 10, 2010 at UFC 112. The fight was later canceled again due to an injury to Belfort.Demian Maia was selected to fill the spot and take on Silva for the belt.
In the first two rounds fighting Maia, Silva appeared to mock his opponent while employing quick, precise striking. In the third round, however, Silva's tempo seemed to change. He looked to Maia to be the aggressor while he largely circled and taunted his opponent. In the fifth round, Silva's lack of action prompted referee Dan Miragliotta to warn Silva for his conduct. The crowd began to side with Maia, who was the only fighter attempting to engage. After 5 rounds, Silva was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Silva was widely criticized for his performance. Dana White said it was the most embarrassed he had ever been since becoming UFC president. Midway through the fourth round, White walked away from the fight and gave the championship belt to Silva's manager, Ed Soares. White was so annoyed that he declined to personally place the belt around Silva's waist, claiming it was the first time he had done so after a title match. It was also claimed that Silva verbally taunted Maia saying "Come on, hit me in the face playboy." In the immediate post-fight interview, Silva apologized and said that he wasn't himself and that he would need to go back and reevaluate the humility that got him to where he is. In the post-fight interview, Silva made multiple references about how Demian insulted him before the bout.
On August 7, 2010, Silva faced Chael Sonnen for the UFC Middleweight Title at UFC 117. In the first round, Sonnen stunned Silva with a punch before taking him down and dominating from the top position, landing multiple blows. The following three rounds played out in a similar fashion, going to the ground early with Sonnen dominating from inside Silva's guard. In the fifth round, Silva slipped after being tagged by Sonnen's left hook and the challenger took advantage by once again establishing a top position and delivering strikes to Silva. With about two minutes left in the round, Silva was able to lock up a triangle armbar on Sonnen, forcing Sonnen to submit at 3:10 of Round 5.
Silva was hit more in the fight than in his entire UFC career up till that point. According to CompuStrike, in his first 11 UFC fights, Silva was hit 208 times. Sonnen hit him a total of 289 times. After the bout it was revealed that Sonnen would have won a judges' decision. All three judges had Sonnen marked as the winner of all four rounds, judges Nelson Hamilton and Dan Stell had Sonnen taking Round 1 10–8, as well as Hamilton awarding the challenger another 10–8 total in Round 3.
Silva allegedly went into the fight with injured ribs and his doctor advised him not to fight. During the first round, Sonnen cracked his rib and Silva was out until 2011 because of the injury. Following the fight the California State Athletic Commission confirmed that Chael Sonnen tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Doping tests revealed Sonnen had an elevated testosterone to epitestosterone ratio which fell outside of the normal range prior to his fight with Silva (a result that is consistent with testosterone replacement therapy). The California State Athletic Commission confirmed, however, that his actual testosterone levels were normal. Dana White announced that Sonnen would get a rematch when Silva returns. This was revoked after the issue with PEDs came to light, but Dana White had a change of heart, after Sonnen came back and won two straight, and scheduled the rematch.
Silva faced Vitor Belfort on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126. Belfort was expected to face Yushin Okami on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122, but was replaced by Nate Marquardt. After a "feeling out" period of about two and a half minutes in the first round, Silva and Belfort started to trade strikes. Silva landed a brutal front kick to Belfort's jaw and followed up with punches to the grounded challenger. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight at 3:25 minutes into the first round. With the win Silva handed Belfort his first KO loss in 28 career fights & extended his record streak of title defenses to eight. Silva then facedYushin Okami on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134. He defeated the Japanese middleweight by TKO at 2:04 of round 2, displaying skilled head movement and accurate striking, somewhat comparable to his win over Forrest Griffin. His record then went to 31–4, avenging his DQ loss to Okami back in 2006.
A rematch with Chael Sonnen was to take place on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147, but the bout was moved back to July 7, 2012 at UFC 148, while the expected co-feature of the Brazilian event, a rematch between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva would headline the event. The change was due to a scheduling conflict with the UN Conference, Rio+20, which occurred during the same time frame as UFC 147. At UFC 148, Silva stopped Sonnen in the second round with a TKO.
Silva became the first person to stop Stephan Bonnar via strikes in the first round of a light heavyweight bout on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153.
Silva and his camp had been very vocal about a possible catch weight bout with UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre if he got past Carlos Condit at UFC 154. St-Pierre went on to defeat Condit, setting up a potential super fight between the two champions.
Personal lifeSilva has three sons and two daughters with his wife, Dayane. Silva appeared in Never Surrender in 2009. A documentary about Silva called Like Water, was released in 2011.
In a 2008 interview with MMA Weekly, Anderson Silva's manager stated: "Anderson would love to fight Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match up under boxing rules to prove that MMA fighters are technical, too."UFC president, Dana White, later expressed that he would use his veto power to stop such a match from taking place because he does not need his fighters getting themselves injured while fighting outside of the octagon. Silva, however, has commented: "After my contract with the UFC is finished, I will set up the fight with Jones Jr. The fight has already been permitted by Jones himself." In April 2009, Jones himself confirmed he is still interested in fighting Silva: "I'm going to try and make it happen. He's saying he wants to fight me, so, OK, I'm ready. Let's brawl." Roy Jones Jr. was in attendance at UFC 101.
In an interview with Brazilian TV station SporTV in September 2008, Silva stated that he was interested in retiring within the next year. However, Anderson's manager, Ed Soares and co-manager Nicholas Gansen, responded to the talk of retirement by saying that Anderson was contractually obligated to fight six more fights (his sixth was against Vitor Belfort) and would do so before retiring. Soares further stated that Silva desires to retire when he is 35 which he turned on April 14, 2010. According to Anderson Silva's manager, Ed Soares, he is not retiring after his contract is over in 2010 and what he supposedly wants is to stay in the 185 division.
Fighting styleSilva 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 counterstrike makes 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 (2,294).
SponsorsAnderson Silva is marketed by 9INE, a sports marketing company co-owned by former Brazilian footballer Ronaldo. Since August 2011, Anderson has been sponsored by Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, his favorite football club. He is also sponsored by fast food chain Burger King and sportswear and equipment supplier Nike.
Championships and accomplishmentsMixed martial arts
Irvin tested positive for illegal substances.Win23–4Dan HendersonSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 82March 1, 200824:50Ohio, United StatesDefended the UFC Middleweight Championship; Fight of the Night & Submission of the Night; Unified the Pride Welterweight & UFC Middleweight titles.Win22–4Rich FranklinTKO (knees)UFC 77October 20, 200721:07Cincinnati, United StatesDefended the UFC Middleweight Championship; Knockout of the Night.Win21–4Nate MarquardtTKO (punches)UFC 73July 7, 200714:50California, United StatesDefended the UFC Middleweight Championship; Knockout of the Night.Win20–4Travis LutterSubmission (triangle choke with elbows)UFC 67February 3, 200722:11Nevada, United StatesNon-title fight (Lutter did not make weight).Win19–4Rich FranklinKO (knee)UFC 64October 14, 200612:59Nevada, United StatesWon the UFC Middleweight Championship; Knockout of the Night.Win18–4Chris LebenKO (knee)UFN 5June 28, 200610:49Nevada, United StatesKnockout of the Night.Win17–4Tony FryklundKO (reverse elbow)Cage Rage 16April 22, 200612:02London, United KingdomDefended the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship.Loss16–4Yushin OkamiDQ (illegal upkick)Rumble on the Rock 8January 20, 200612:33Hawaii, United StatesWW Tournament Opening Round; Silva was disqualified for delivering an illegal upkick that KO'd Okami.Win16–3Curtis StoutKO (punches)Cage Rage 14December 3, 200514:59London, United KingdomDefended the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship.Win15–3Jorge RiveraTKO (knees & punches)Cage Rage 11April 30, 200523:53London, United KingdomDefended the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship.Loss14–3Ryo ChonanSubmission (flying scissor heel hook)Pride Shockwave 2004December 31, 200433:08Saitama, JapanWin14–2Lee MurrayDecision (unanimous)Cage Rage 8September 11, 200435:00London, United KingdomWon the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship.Win13–2Jeremy HornDecision (unanimous)Gladiator 2June 27, 200435:00Seoul, South KoreaWin12–2Waldir dos AnjosTKO (corner stoppage)Conquista Fight 1December 20, 200315:00Bahia, BrazilLoss11–2Daiju TakaseSubmission (triangle choke)Pride 26June 8, 200318:33Yokohama, JapanWin11–1Carlos NewtonKO (flying knee & punches)Pride 25March 16, 200316:27Yokohama, JapanWin10–1Alexander OtsukaDecision (unanimous)Pride 22September 29, 200235:00Nagoya, JapanWin9–1Alex StieblingTKO (doctor stoppage)Pride 21June 23, 200211:23Saitama, JapanWin8–1Roan CarneiroSubmission (punches)Mecca 6January 31, 200215:32Paraná, BrazilWin7–1Hayato SakuraiDecision (unanimous)Shooto 7August 26, 200135:00Osaka, JapanWon the Shooto Middleweight (168 pounds) ChampionshipWin6–1Israel AlbuquerqueSubmission (punches)Mecca 5June 9, 200116:17Paraná, BrazilWin5–1Tetsuji KatoDecision (unanimous)Shooto 2March 2, 200135:00Tokyo, JapanWin4–1Claudionor FontinelleTKO (punches & knees)Mecca 4December 16, 200014:35Paraná, BrazilWin3–1Jose BarretoTKO (head kick & punches)Mecca 2August 12, 200011:06Paraná, BrazilLoss2–1Luiz AzeredoDecision (unanimous)Mecca 1May 27, 2000210:00Paraná, BrazilWin2–0Fabrício CamõesTKO (retirement)BFC 1June 25, 1997125:14Mato Grosso do Sul, BrazilWin1–0Raimundo PinheiroSubmission (rear-naked choke)BFC 1June 25, 199711:53Mato Grosso do Sul, BrazilProfessional boxing record1 Win (1 Knockout), 1 Loss (1 Knockout)ResultRecordOpponentMethodRoundDateLocationNotesWin1–1Julio Cesar De JesusKO2 (6)2005-08-05Ginasio Antonio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia, BrazilLoss0–1Osmar Luiz TeixeiraRTD2 (6)1998-05-22Uniao da Vitoria, Parana, BrazilSee also
Rich Franklin5th UFC Middleweight Champion
October 14, 2006 – presentCurrent holderPreceded by
Dan Henderson2nd Pride FC Welterweight Champion
March 1, 2008Title Unified with UFC Middleweight ChampionshipVacantTitle last held by
Paul Jenkins2nd Cage Rage Middleweight Champion
September 11, 2004 – October 20, 2008Parent promotion EliteXC folded
Anderson Silva's Fight Record
WINStephan BonnarUFC 153 - Silva vs. Bonnar
Oct / 13 / 2012TKO (Knee to the Body and Punches)
Marc Goddard14:40WINChael SonnenUFC 148 - Silva vs. Sonnen 2
Jul / 07 / 2012TKO (Knee to the Body and Punches)
Yves Lavigne21:55WINYushin OkamiUFC 134 - Silva vs. Okami
Aug / 27 / 2011TKO (Punches)
Herb Dean22:04WINVitor BelfortUFC 126 - Silva vs. Belfort
Feb / 05 / 2011KO (Front Kick and Punches)
Mario Yamasaki13:25WINChael SonnenUFC 117 - Silva vs. Sonnen
Aug / 07 / 2010Submission (Triangle Armbar)
Josh Rosenthal53:10WINDemian MaiaUFC 112 - Invincible
Apr / 10 / 2010Decision (Unanimous)
Dan Miragliotta55:00WINForrest GriffinUFC 101 - Declaration
Aug / 08 / 2009KO (Punch)
Kevin Mulhall13:23WINThales LeitesUFC 97 - Redemption
Apr / 18 / 2009Decision (Unanimous)
Yves Lavigne55:00WINPatrick CoteUFC 90 - Silva vs. Cote
Oct / 25 / 2008TKO (Knee Injury)
Herb Dean30:39WINJames IrvinUFC - Fight Night 14
Jul / 19 / 2008KO (Punches)
Mario Yamasaki11:01WINDan HendersonUFC 82 - Pride of a Champion
Mar / 01 / 2008Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Herb Dean24:52WINRich FranklinUFC 77 - Hostile Territory
Oct / 20 / 2007TKO (Knees)
John McCarthy21:07WINNate MarquardtUFC 73 - Stacked
Jul / 07 / 2007TKO (Punches)
John McCarthy14:50WINTravis LutterUFC 67 - All or Nothing
Feb / 03 / 2007Submission (Elbows)
Herb Dean22:11WINRich FranklinUFC 64 - Unstoppable
Oct / 14 / 2006KO (Knee)
John McCarthy12:59WINChris LebenUFC - Fight Night 5
Jun / 28 / 2006KO (Knee)
N/A10:49WINTony FryklundCage Rage 16 - Critical Condition
Apr / 22 / 2006KO (Elbow)
N/A12:02LOSSYushin OkamiROTR 8 - Rumble on the Rock 8
Jan / 20 / 2006DQ (Illegal Kick)
N/A12:33WINCurtis StoutCage Rage 14 - Punishment
Dec / 03 / 2005KO (Punches)
N/A14:59WINJorge RiveraCage Rage 11 - Face Off
Apr / 30 / 2005TKO (Knees and Punches)
N/A23:53LOSSRyo ChonanPride - Shockwave 2004
Dec / 31 / 2004Submission (Flying Scissor Heel Hook)
N/A33:08WINLee MurrayCage Rage 8 - Knights of the Octagon
Sep / 11 / 2004Decision (Unanimous)
N/A35:00WINJeremy HornGladiator FC - Day 2
Jun / 27 / 2004Decision (Unanimous)
N/A35:00WINWaldir dos AnjosCF 1 - Conquista Fight 1
Dec / 20 / 2003TKO (Corner Stoppage)
N/A15:00LOSSDaiju TakasePride 26 - Bad to the Bone
Jun / 08 / 2003Submission (Triangle Choke)
N/A18:33WINCarlos NewtonPride 25 - Body Blow
Mar / 16 / 2003KO (Flying Knee and Punches)
N/A16:27WINAlexander OtsukaPride 22 - Beasts From The East 2
Sep / 29 / 2002Decision (Unanimous)
N/A35:00WINAlex StieblingPride 21 - Demolition
Jun / 23 / 2002TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
N/A11:23WINRoan CarneiroMeca 6 - Meca World Vale Tudo 6
Jan / 31 / 2002Submission (Punches)
Pedro Rizzo15:33WINHayato SakuraiShooto - To The Top 7
Aug / 26 / 2001Decision (Unanimous)
N/A35:00WINIsrael AlbuquerqueMeca 5 - Meca World Vale Tudo 5
Jun / 09 / 2001Submission (Punches)
N/A16:17WINTetsuji KatoShooto - To The Top 2
Mar / 02 / 2001Decision (Unanimous)
N/A35:00WINClaudionor da Silva FontinelleMeca - World Vale Tudo 4
Dec / 16 / 2000TKO (Punches and Knees)
Miguel Repanas14:35WINJose BarretoMeca 2 - Meca World Vale Tudo 2
Aug / 12 / 2000TKO (Head Kick and Punches)
N/A11:06LOSSLuiz AzeredoMeca 1 - Meca World Vale Tudo 1
May / 27 / 2000Decision (Unanimous)
N/A210:00WINFabricio CamoesBFC - Brazilian Freestyle Circuit 1
Jun / 25 / 1997TKO (Retirement)
N/A125:14WINRaimundo PinheiroBFC - Brazilian Freestyle Circuit 1
Jun / 25 / 1997Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
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