78 Facts About Anderson Silva

1. Anderson Silva lands 61.4 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history.

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2. Anderson Silva is one of four fighters in UFC history with three knockdowns landed against a single opponent in two separate bouts.

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3. Anderson Silva holds the UFC record for most consecutive victories with 16.

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4. Anderson Silva returns to competition for the first time since Feb 11, 2017.

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5. Anderson Silva held the middleweight crown for a record seven years between 2006 and 2013, during which he registered an unprecedented 16 successive victories in the UFC.

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6. Anderson Silva was the longtime UFC middleweight champion, having reigned over the division for 2,457 straight days.

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7. Anderson Silva is set to return to the Octagon on Saturday against rising contender Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia.

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8. Anderson Silva sits down with Stephania Bell to discuss his comeback from a devastating leg injury to face Israel Adesanya at UFC 234 in Melbourne.

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9. Anderson Silva spoke the words recently at a workout observed by reporters at his new gym in West Hollywood.

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10. Anderson Silva is a legend in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, but he continues to compete because he just loves to fight.

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11. Anderson Silva faces Israel Adesanya in the co-main event of UFC 234 on Saturday night.

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12. Anderson Silva addressed these and other topics—such as champ Robert Whittaker, Conor McGregor, Nick Diaz, and swimming with sharks—on Tuesday at his Spider Kick gym.

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13. Anderson Silva addressed these and other topics—such as champ Robert Whittaker, Conor McGregor, Nick Diaz, and swimming with sharks—on Tuesday at his Spider Kick gym.

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14. Anderson Silva appeared in Never Surrender in 2009 and a documentary about his life in the UFC called Like Water, released in 2011.

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15. Anderson Silva was born April 14, 1975, a middle child of four.

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16. Anderson Silva made his MMA debut in 1997, the same year that Randy Couture, Dan Henderson and Tito Ortiz made their debuts.

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17. Anderson Silva worked at the Golden Arches before he began his MMA career and developed a love for Big Macs.

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18. Anderson Silva has accomplished more than just about any other fighter in MMA history and could be the greatest fighter in the sport.

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19. Anderson Silva took a decision over Diaz, but the result would be overturned after both Silva and Diaz failed drug tests in connection with the bout.

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20. Anderson Silva addressed these and other topics—such as champ Robert Whittaker, Conor McGregor, Nick Diaz, and swimming with sharks—on Tuesday at his Spider Kick gym.

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21. Anderson Silva floated around the idea of him competing at the Olympics in taekwondo and fighting Roy Jones Jr in a boxing match.

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22. Anderson Silva considers Spider-Man, Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali and his mother as biggest of his personal heroes, and has a stated love of comic books and comic book heroes.

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23. Anderson Silva is sponsored by fast food chain Burger King.

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24. Anderson Silva will return to face Israel Adesanya on 10 February 2019, at UFC 234.

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25. Anderson Silva was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on 3 June 2017, at UFC 212.

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26. Anderson Silva was a short notice replacement to face current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a non-title bout on 9 July 2016, at UFC 200.

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27. Anderson Silva was expected to face Uriah Hall on 14 May 2016, at UFC 198.

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28. On 11 February 2015, it was reported that Anderson Silva tested positive for an additional unknown illegal substance in a separate test that was related to UFC 183.

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29. On 29 October 2014, it was announced that Anderson Silva would coach opposite Mauricio Rua for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4, which began filming in early 2015.

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30. Anderson Silva became the first to stop Stephan Bonnar via strikes in the 1st round of a light heavyweight bout on 13 October 2012, at UFC 153.

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31. Anderson Silva defeated the Japanese middleweight by TKO at 2:04 of round 2, displaying skilled head movement and accurate striking.

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32. Anderson Silva was hit more in the fight than in his entire UFC career up till that point.

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33. Anderson Silva looked to Maia to be the aggressor while he largely circled and taunted his opponent.

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34. Anderson Silva was scheduled to face Belfort on 10 April 2012, at UFC 112.

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35. Anderson Silva was then set to face Belfort on 6 February 2010, at UFC 109.

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36. Dana White criticized Anderson Silva, saying: "I didn't understand Silva's tactics.

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37. Anderson 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.

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38. On 1 March 2008, at UFC 82 Anderson Silva fought Pride Middleweight champion Dan Henderson, in a title unification bout.

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39. On 3 February 2007, at UFC 67, Anderson 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.

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40. Anderson 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.

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41. Anderson Silva made his debut at Ultimate Fight Night 5 on 28 June 2006.

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42. On 27 June 2004, Anderson Silva fought Jeremy Horn and earned a decision victory.

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43. The son of a poverty-stricken family, Anderson Silva spent the majority of his childhood in Curitiba with his aunt and uncle, who was an officer with the Curitiba police force.

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44. Anderson Silva was born on 14 April 1975, in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

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45. Anderson Silva is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and had the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days.

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46. Anderson Silva was the last man dismissed when he attempted to loft Rashid to the.

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47. Anderson Silva pushes Sri Lanka to lead over England in 2nd test.

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48. Sam Curran trapped Kaushal Anderson Silva leg before for one to compound Sri Lanka's problem and.

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49. Anderson Silva has claimed that Conor McGregor is afraid to lose to him.

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50. Anderson Silva finished Rich Franklin twice, Franklin whom had been firmly at the top of the mountain.

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51. Anderson Silva has been calling for a bout with the "Notorious" one since McGregor expressed interest in a fantasy match-up with "The Spider.

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52. Anderson Silva is an obvious choice, but Luke Rockhold, Jared Cannonier or Jacare are potential opponents.

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53. Anderson Silva went out and wrecked Franklin at UFC 64 to win the middleweight title.

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54. Anderson Silva was put into a title fight with Rich Franklin in just his second UFC fight, which many felt was too soon.

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55. Anderson Silva tries to goad Conor McGregor into accepting fight.

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56. Anderson Silva looks to position himself into a fight with Conor McGregor.

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57. Anderson Silva really wants to fight Conor McGregor, but he's starting to think the feeling isn't mutual.

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58. Anderson Silva really is into the idea of facing Conor McGregor.

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59. Anderson Silva has been adamant about making a catchweight bout with McGregor happen.

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60. Anderson Silva has expressed interest in competing in the sport of taekwondo and boxing.

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61. Anderson Silva has three sons and two daughters with his wife, Dayane.

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62. Anderson Silva was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on June 3, 2017, at UFC 212.

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63. Anderson Silva was a short notice replacement to face current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a non-title bout on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200.

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64. Anderson Silva was expected to face Uriah Hall on May 14, 2016, at UFC 198.

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65. Anderson Silva tested positive for the anti-anxiety medication Oxazepam and Temazepam, which is used to treat sleep deprivation.

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66. With the win Anderson Silva handed Belfort his first KO loss in 28 career fights and extended his record streak of title defenses to eight.

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67. In the first two rounds fighting Maia, Anderson Silva appeared to mock his opponent while employing quick, precise striking.

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68. Anderson Silva was once again scheduled to face Belfort on April 10, 2012, at UFC 112.

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69. Anderson Silva defended his title by defeating Henderson via rear naked choke in the 2nd round.

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70. On March 1, 2008, at UFC 82 Anderson Silva fought Pride Middleweight champion Dan Henderson, in a title unification bout.

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71. Anderson Silva defended his belt by defeating Franklin via TKO in the 2nd round.

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72. Anderson Silva made his debut at Ultimate Fight Night 5 on June 28, 2006.

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73. On June 27, 2004, Anderson Silva fought Jeremy Horn and earned a decision victory.

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74. Anderson Silva beat Sakurai by unanimous decision after three rounds and became the new Shooto Middleweight Champion and the first man to defeat Sakurai, who was undefeated in his first 20 fights.

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75. Anderson Silva recorded his first loss in 2000 to Luiz Azeredo by decision.

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76. Anderson Silva made his professional debut in 1997 with a pair of wins.

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77. Anderson Silva initially fought in his native Brazil in the welterweight category.

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78. Anderson Silva was born on April 14, 1975, in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

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