Arguably one of the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters of all time, Sao Paulo-born Anderson Silva holds longest title defense streak in UFC that spanned for nearly seven years with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses.
Dubbed as “The Spider”, Silva blends precision and accuracy with his strikes and takedowns – his jab and kick are considered the best in the business. He also holds the most knockdowns in UFC history (17) and best striking accuracy (67.8%).
A veteran of MMA championships in Brazil and Japan, Silva was immediately given a title shot when he came to the UFC in 2006. He dropped Chris Leben with a vicious knee just 49 seconds into their title eliminator and he unloaded a fury of them on Rich Franklin to win the UFC middleweight title.
Afterwards, the rest was history for Silva as he baffled opponents with his style and summarily sending them off. The Brazilian’s bid to extend his title reign came to a crashing halt when Chris Weidman caught him with a cracking left to capture the title.
In the rematch, Silva had a freak accident when he attempted a leg check, suffering a broken left fibula and tibia. As he continues to heal from his injury, the fight world patiently awaits Silva’s decision whether he’ll comeback or retire.