Anderson Silva. Source: UFC

Anderson Silva is an MMA fighter of Brazilian and American ancestry.

Early life

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Silva was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 14, 1975. Silva, the son of a poor family, spent the majority of his boyhood in Curitiba with his aunt and uncle, who was a Curitiba police officer. Silva’s first excursion into martial arts came while he was a child when he was training jiu-jitsu with local kids. Silva began practising in taekwondo, capoeira, and muay thai as a teen.


After winning his debut battle in Japan, he was paired against Shooto champion Hayato Sakurai on August 26, 2001. Silva defeated Sakurai in three rounds by unanimous decision, becoming the new Shooto Middleweight Champion (at 167 pounds) and the first man to defeat Sakurai, who had gone undefeated in his first 20 fights.

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Pride Fighting Championships and Cage Rage

Silva first competed in the Pride Festival in 2002. In his first fight with the organisation, he knocked out Alex Stiebling with a high kick cut. In his next fight, he won by decision over “Diet Butcher” Alexander Otsuka.

At Pride 25, Silva faced former UFC welterweight champion, Carlos Newton. Newton tried to catch up to Silva but was hit with a flying knee. Newton sagged, and Silva finished the fight with punches, claiming a technical knockout victory.

Three months later, Silva made his debut with the Cage Rage promotion in England. At Cage Rage 8, Silva fought and won a decision over renowned attacker Lee Murray. Silva returned to Pride FC on December 31, that year, to face Ryo Chonan.

Silva seized control of the first round with a takedown and a body triangle. Chonan used knees and takedowns to counter Silva’s clinch knees. Some observers believed Chonan would win till the very end. Bas Rutten, who was commentating alongside Mauro Ranallo during the third round, stated that Anderson needed a knockout or a good finish to win the fight.

Silva fought in Cage Rage as well as other promotions across the world after being released by Pride following his loss to Chonan. Cage Rage champion Silva successfully defended his title against Curtis Stout.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Debut and middleweight championship

Despite widespread speculation about where Silva might sign next, the UFC announced in late April 2006 that he had signed a multi-fight contract with them. The UFC began advertising Silva nearly immediately after announcing his entrance, releasing an interview segment almost immediately after announcing his arrival. Silva made his debut on June 28, 2006, at Ultimate Fight Night 5.

His opponent was Chris Leben, a former The Ultimate Fighter 1 contestant who had gone undefeated in the UFC with five straight victories. Leben, certain of victory, predicted that he would KO Silva in a pre-fight interview.

Silva, a relatively unknown fighter in the United States, made an explosive debut, knocking Leben out 49 seconds into the first round with a flurry of precision blows followed by a decisive knee strike. Silva’s striking accuracy was 85%.

Following Silva’s victory, the UFC released a poll on their main page, asking spectators to vote on who should face Silva next. The majority of voters backed UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin.

Following Silva’s victory, the UFC released a poll on their main page, asking spectators to vote on who should face Silva next. The majority of voters backed UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin.

On October 14, 2006, Silva defeated Franklin via TKO (strikes) at 2:59 in the first round of UFC 64. Silva pummelling Franklin with knees to the body from the Muay Thai-clinch then crushed Franklin’s nose with a knee to the face.

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Franklin, unable to respond, escaped Silva’s final assaults before collapsing to the ground, where the fight was stopped by referee “Big” John McCarthy.

Silva was scheduled to fight Travis Lutter, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 4, on 3 February 2007 at UFC 67, in his first championship defence since defeating Rich Franklin in October 2006. The event was rescheduled as a non-title contest due to Lutter’s failure to meet the 185-pound (84-kg) weight limit.

Many people thought that because Lutter is a good jiu-jitsu blackbelt, he’d have a better chance of winning if the fight went to the ground. Silva won the second round through submission with a triangle choke and elbow strikes.

On July 7, 2007, Silva successfully defended his title against Nate Marquardt at UFC 73, winning by TKO at 4:50 in the first round. Three months later, on October 20, 2007, at UFC 77, Silva battled Rich Franklin in a championship defence rematch at the U.S. Bank Arena in Franklin’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Silva successfully defended his championship, defeating Franklin in the second round via TKO. On March 1, 2008, at UFC 82, Silva challenged Pride Middleweight champion Dan Henderson in a title unification match (UFC and Pride titles on the line). Henderson was regarded to have an advantage on the ground due to his participation in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Summer Olympics in 1992 and 1996.


Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
46 matches34 wins11 losses
By knockout234
By submission32
By decision84
By disqualification01
No contests1

Personal life

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Silva and his wife Dayane have four children: three sons and two daughters. Before commencing his professional fighting career, Silva worked as a file clerk and at McDonald’s. Spider-Man, Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, and his mother are among his personal idols, and he professes a love of comic books and comic book characters.

Silva has claimed numerous times that he believes his long-time friend and former UFC Lightweight and UFC Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn is the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the sport’s history. Silva expressed a desire to compete in taekwondo and boxing.

He considered competing in taekwondo at the Olympics and facing Roy Jones Jr in a boxing match.

Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеAnderson Da Silva
Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеAnderson Silva, The Spider
Віrth РlасеSao Paulo, Brazil
Dаtе оf Віrth/Віrthdау14 April 1975
Аgе/Ноw Оld46 years old
Неіght/Ноw ТаllIn Centimetres – 197 cm
In Feet and Inches – 6′ 2″
WеіghtIn Kilograms – 84 Kg
In Pounds – 185 lbs
Раrеntѕ NаmеFather –Juarez Silva
Mother –Vera Lucida Da Silva
ЅіblіngѕCristian Edmundo Silva
NаtіоnаlіtуAmerican, Brazilian
Маrіtаl ЅtаtuѕMarried
Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn NаmеYes(5)
РrоfеѕѕіоnMixed Martial Art, UFC Middleweight Champion
Nеt Wоrth$10 Million
Lаѕt UрdаtеdЈuly 2021

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