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The Childhood of Anderson Silva:
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Early MMA Career:
Chute Box Academy and Anderson Silva:
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:
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.
Simply put, an MMA star was born.
In the end, Silva is one of the most proficient strikers to ever compete in MMA.
The Chael Sonnen Rivalry:
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.