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Biography and Profile of Anderson Silva

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Biography and Profile of Anderson Silva
Courtesy of Sherdog.com

Date of Birth:

The biography of Anderson Silva begins on April 14, 1975 in Curitiba, Brazil.

Nickname, Organization, and Training Camp:

Anderson Silva doesn't really fight out of just one trainig camp. Instead, he chooses to work with Chute Boxe Academy, Muay Thai Dream Team, Black House, and Team Nogueira. He competes for the UFC, and his nickname is “The Spider”.

The Childhood of Anderson Silva:

According to an article in Fight! Magazine, Silva’s poverty stricken mother left him and his older brother with her sister’s family in Curitiba, Brazil when he was only four years old. Silva’s aunt and uncle, therefore, found themselves supporting five children on a police officer’s salary.

Early Martial Arts Training:

Silva's family was unable to afford expensive lessons in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu early on. “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,” he told Fight! Magazine. “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.”

Despite this, Silva's supportive family did find the money to pay for Tae Kwon Do lessons (age 12). Silva then moved onto Capoeira before settling on Muay Thai by the age of 16.

Early MMA Career:

Though Silva indicates that he lost his first bout to Fabricio Marango, this fight does not appear on his official record. Officially, Silva lost his first bout to Luiz Azeredo in a Meca World Vale Tudo event by decision. In his next fight within the same organization, he knocked out Jose Barreto after only 1:06 had gone by in the initial round.

Chute Box Academy and Anderson Silva:

Silva joined Brazil’s famed Chute Box Academy, the training camp that Wanderlei Silva, amongst many others, had once been a part of. Chute Box had simply been impressed with his raw talent. Along with this, he developed a reasonable ground game while with them and continued on the course to becoming one of the most feared strikers in the game.

Silva's MMA career took a nice turn when he won nine straight fights between 2000-03. Along the way, he defeated the well-respected Hayato Sakurai by decision to become the Shooto Middleweight Champion.

Leaving Chute Box and PRIDE:

Silva went a mediocre 3-2 while fighting for the PRIDE Fighting Championships. Along the way in 2003, he and Chute Box parted ways over a bitter money argument. Later, Silva heard that Chute Box ordered PRIDE to refrain from giving him any fights or they would pull superstar Wanderlei Silva from their roster. That’s when Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira offered a friendly hand to train with him.

It was a match made in heaven. Silva improved his ground game immeasurably, gaining a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2005. Further, Nogueira’s clout erased a good portion of Chute Box’s control.

UFC Championship:

To say that a new and improved Anderson Silva came to the UFC on June 28, 2006, is an understatement. Silva simply destroyed Chris Leben, a tough fighter, in his UFC debut after only 49 seconds by way of knockout. Then he blew former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin out of the water with his dangerous Muay Thai clinch after only 2:59 had gone by. Next up, he fought his way back from near defeat against Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace Travis Lutter, only to end up submitting him.

Simply put, an MMA star was born.

Fighting Style:

Silva’s long limbs work perfectly with his pinpoint and powerful strikes. He has the whole kickboxing package—great punches, kicks, knees, and clinch—to go along with an excellent guard and deadly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

In the end, Silva is one of the most proficient strikers to ever compete in MMA.

The Chael Sonnen Rivalry:

The bottom line is that coming into his UFC 117 fight against Chael Sonnen, Silva experienced the most trash talk from an opponent that he, or perhaps any other MMA fighter, had ever faced. Sonnen made statements about the Brazilian people and accused Silva of ducking him. In the end, Sonnen backed up a lot of what he said until round five, when Silva sunk in the triangle armbar (see below for more on the fight).

Along with this, check out some Chael Sonnen quotes below regarding Silva and Brazil:

"Anderson Silva is as fake as Mike Tyson was. They called him the hardest, ‘the baddest man in the world’ but he wasn’t even the toughest guy in America and we had to sit through and listen to that over and over again as he fought lots of tomato cans. Anderson Silva has no interested (sic) in the fight with me and I don’t know what his deal is …"- Source

"I stomped you before and I will stomp you again. You are a nuisance to me and to everybody else. You ducked me for six years. You ducked me for two years after that. There's nothing I can do more than pick a fight. You put every stipulation on this thing that you could think of and I answered them all, including coming to Brazil like that's some kind of a big deal. What's the difference? It's a plane ride somewhere. I'm not fighting you in Brazil, I'm not fighting you in Chicago, I'm not fighting you in Florida; I'm fighting you in the Octagon. And when you get in there and I get in there, I'm going to stomp you this time same as I did last time. You can complain about your rib. I'm sure your rib did hurt; your rib is inside of a coward. That's the problem your rib's got, it's got the same problem your hands and feet have -- they're attached to you, dummy. I'm going to be attached to you, too, for 25 minutes or until you give up."- Source

"Yushin (Okami) and I are in Brazil to follow in Andy's ways. Got ballet shoes, a team of has-beens, even brought a fat talentless celeb for trainer."- Source

"Greetings from Sao Paulo! I'm learning the language: breakdancing in the Special Olympics is called capoiera and cocaine is called brunch."- Source

Some of Anderson Silva's Greatest Stoppage Victories

  • Silva defeats Vitor Belfort by front kick KO at UFC 126 (3:25 of round one): How many times have you seen an MMA fight end with a front kick KO? Not many. But this served as one of the cooler knockouts in MMA history because of just that.
  • Silva defeats Chael Sonnen by triangle armbar at UFC 117 (3:10 of round five): Simply put, Silva was being destroyed. Sonnen hurt him with a punch to everyone's surprise in round one, and proceeded to take him down and pound away for the better part of the entire fight. Things were looking bleak. And that's exactly when Silva somehow found the opening and pulled off the submission. It was one of the greatest comebacks in UFC history, serving to increase his legend, if that was still in fact possible.
  • Anderson Silva KO's Forrest Griffin at UFC 101: Declaration (3:23 of round one): People wondered if Silva could knock out an upper echelon figher at 205 pounds. Enter Griffin, a man known for his toughness. But against Silva, his striking and jaw looked less than ordinary, cementing The Spider's legend even further.
  • Anderson Silva KO's Chris Leben at Ultimate Fight Night 5 (49 seconds of round one): Silva's performance caused the world to realize two things. First, that jaw of Chris Leben's was not impenetrable. Second, there was a big difference between his technical striking and Leben's. This was Silva's UFC debut.
  • Anderson Silva KO's Rich Franklin at UFC 64: Unstoppable (2:59 of round one): Before this fight, Franklin thought that the clinch would be his sweet spot. Afterwards, he and the rest of the world knew that Silva's Muay Thai clinch made everyone else's fail in comparison.
  • Anderson Silva KO's James Irvin at Fight Night 14 (1:01 mark of round one): The question was, could Silva continue to dominate if he jumped up in weight to the light heavyweight division? The answer after a stellar right hand dropped Irvin was yes.

Check out Anderson Silva's Fight by Fight Record here

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