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"The Spider"

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Anderson Silva

Anderson "The Spider" Silva

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  • Given Name: Anderson da Silva
  • Professional MMA Record: 33-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Spider
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 39 | Date of Birth: 1975.04.14
  • Last Fight: December 28, 2013 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
  • Gym/Affiliation: Black House
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 77.5" (197cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $2,857,000 USD
  • Born: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Muay Thai

Anderson Silva Wiki Update Wiki

In recent years, Anderson “The Spider” Silva has cemented his legacy as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the history of MMA. Long recognized as one of the elite Muay Thai and standup fighters in the game, Silva increasingly complemented his early striking dominance with a sophisticated and dangerous submission and guard game, which freed up his pinpoint attacks on the feet and vaulted him into the game’s elite levels. Though Silva has peppered his entire MMA career with notable knockout victories, his signature moments did not come until his 2006 entrance into the UFC’s middleweight division, where his standup decimated the likes of Chris Leben, Rich Franklin, Nate Marquardt and others and began a multi-year championship reign of terror that effectively (and in Franklin’s case, literally) cleaned out his division. Silva's clear superiority over the rest of the division also led to increasing calls for “superfights” between him and other MMA pound-for-pound greats. Silva's hero's and idols include Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Roy Jones Jr.


Though Silva fights comfortably at 185 and carries his weight well at 205, some fans believe his technical superiority is so great on the feet that he could even contend for the UFC Heavyweight Championship, which would require him to beat fighters more than fifty pounds heavier than him. Whether Silva could in fact do so remains speculation.


Hailing from Curitiba, Brazil, “The Spider” began training in Tae kwon Do at the age of 14 and went on to earn black belts in that discipline as well as in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, it has always been his Muay Thai and kickboxing prowess, once honed at Brazil’s legendarily brutal Chute Boxe Academy, that has continued to define the Black House team fighter. Silva has victories over a number of the world’s greatest fighters, including his two standout wins over Franklin, a rear naked choke victory over Dan Henderson, and a lopsided, mismatch victory over Forest Griffin at light heavyweight, which ended via first round knockout.


Silva has also garnered his share of criticism for a series of disinterested and careless Octagon performances against obviously overmatched foes, such as Thales Leites and, in particular, Demian Maia, whom Silva elected to taunt more than engage as the fights progressed into the championship rounds. Despite such lackluster performances, which have incensed UFC point man Dana White on more than one occasion, Silva is universally recognized as one of the game’s greatest fighters.


From mid 2010 to mid 2012, Silva engaged in one of the sport's greatest rivalries with perennial contender Chael Sonnen. Their first bout at UFC 117 ended in spectacular fashion as Sonnen had dominated the fight for 4 and a half rounds only to be submitted via triangle choke with 1:50 left in the 5th. Following two dominant title defenses against Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort, Silva once again faced off against his arch nemesis Sonnen at UFC 148. Following a 1st round reminiscent of their first bout, Silva was able to catch Sonnen with a knee to the body after a failed spinning back fist attempt from the challenger.  The fight ended via TKO at 1:55 of the 2nd round. Since then, Silva has expressed interest in a possible move down to welterweight or a catch-weight for a chance to fight long time champion Georges St. Pierre. However his next fight would be at light heavyweight against Stephan Bonnar. Silva would once again toy with his opponent standing back against the cage and dropping his hands allowing Bonnar to punch him. Silva would end up dropping Bonnar with a knee to the body and then punches to win by TKO in the 1st round. This would be his third fight at light heavyweight and his third first round finish at that weight.

Silva's next challenge would come when he faced Chris Weidman at UFC 162. In the second round Silva began taunting Weidman and faking like he was hurt. Silva's showboating would be his demise when Weidman landed a big left hand and brought Anderson's title reign to an end. He was finished by strikes for the first time in his career.


Silva would then rematch Chris Weidman at UFC 168. Weidman would stun Silva with a shot in the first and dominate the round. Silva would throw a leg kick in the second round that Weidman checked and it would be the end of the fight. Silva's leg broke on contact and he instantly dropped to the ground in obvious pain. Weidman would be declared the winner again by 2nd round TKO. It seems like it would be a devastating injury this late in his career but it sounds like Anderson will continue to fight once he is healed up


Anderson Silva got the nickname "Spider" after wearing a spider-man walk in t-shirt early on his MMA career. Spider-Man is also Silva's favorite hero, having a collection of comic books since 1984. Anderson Silva also says that Spider-man is the only hero that has bills to pay.

Last updated 04.14.2014, 4:28 PM ET
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Anderson Silva Middleweight Ranking History

Anderson Silva MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout Nick Diaz
UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2015.01.31
Odds: -400 Heavy Favorite
Loss | KO/TKO
1:16 Round 2 of 5, 6:16 Total
Chris Weidman
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185
2013.12.28
Odds: -175 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $600,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Injuries Sustained: Broken left fibula and tibia
Walkout Music: DMX - Ain't No Sunshine
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:18 Round 2 of 5, 6:18 Total
Chris Weidman
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2013.07.06
Odds: -240 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $600,000 Base | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
#84 Greatest Fight of All Time
#18 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#6 Biggest Upset of All Time
#19 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#17 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
#1 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC 162 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO
4:40 Round 1 of 3
Stephan Bonnar
Ref: Marc Goddard
UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2012.10.13
Odds: -1000 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 202.0 lbs
#33 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:55 Round 2 of 5, 6:55 Total
Chael Sonnen
Ref: Yves Lavigne
UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2012.07.07
Odds: -285 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
#22 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#26 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC 148 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Chael Sonnen UFC 147 2012.06.23
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
2:04 Round 2 of 5, 7:04 Total
Yushin Okami
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2011.08.27
Odds: -600 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
3:25 Round 1 of 5
Vitor Belfort
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2011.02.05
Odds: -220 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $275,000 ($200K Base, $75K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#2 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#14 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#16 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#1 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC 126 Knockout of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
3:10 Round 5 of 5, 23:10 Total
Chael Sonnen
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2010.08.07
Odds: -475 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $320,000 ($200K Base, $60K Fight/Night, $60K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs
Walkout Music: DMX - Ain't No Sunshine
#4 Greatest Fight of All Time
#5 Greatest Submission of All Time
#63 Biggest Upset of All Time
#1 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#1 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#1 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
#1 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 117 Fight of the Night
UFC 117 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Vitor Belfort UFC 112 2010.04.10
Reason: Belfort Shoulder Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
Demian Maia
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC 112: Invincible
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2010.04.10
Odds: -875 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
3:23 Round 1 of 3
Forrest Griffin
Ref: Kevin Mulhall
UFC 101: Declaration
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2009.08.08
Odds: -308 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($60K Fight/Night, $60K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#9 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#14 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#12 Greatest Light Heavy MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 101 Fight of the Night
UFC 101 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
Thales Leites
Ref: Yves Lavigne
UFC 97: Redemption
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2009.04.18
Odds: -533 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 182.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
0:39 Round 3 of 5, 10:39 Total
Patrick Cote
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 90: Silva vs Cote
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2008.10.25
Odds: -613 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:01 Round 1 of 3
James Irvin
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC Fight Night 14: Silva vs. Irvin
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2008.07.19
Odds: -505 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs
#73 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
4:52 Round 2 of 5, 9:52 Total
Dan Henderson
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2008.03.01
Odds: -143 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $260,000 ($70K Base, $70K Bonus, $60K Fight/Night, $60K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#75 Greatest Submission of All Time
#5 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 82 Fight of the Night
UFC 82 Submission of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
1:07 Round 2 of 5, 6:07 Total
Rich Franklin
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 77: Hostile Territory
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2007.10.20
Odds: -215 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $160,000 ($60K Base, $60K Bonus, $40K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs
#90 Greatest Fight of All Time
#4 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 77 Knockout of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:50 Round 1 of 5
Nate Marquardt
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 73: Stacked
Main Event | Title Defense | Middleweight | 185
2007.07.07
Odds: -163 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($45K Base, $45K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs
Win | Submission | Elbows
2:11 Round 2 of 3, 7:11 Total
Travis Lutter
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 67: All or Nothing
Main Event | Catchweight | 187 lbs
2007.02.03
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $71,000 ($35K Base, $36K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
2:59 Round 1 of 5
Rich Franklin
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 64: Unstoppable
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185
2006.10.14
Odds: +185 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#95 Greatest Fight of All Time
#61 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#67 Biggest Upset of All Time
#8 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
0:49 Round 1 of 3
Chris Leben
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC Fight Night 5: Leben vs. Silva
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2006.06.28
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $36,000 ($18K Base, $18K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#54 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Elbow Tony Fryklund
Cage Rage 16: Critical Condition 2006.04.22
#52 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Loss | Disqualificaton
2:33 Round 1 of 3
Yushin Okami
Rumble on the Rock 8 2006.01.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Curtis Stout
Cage Rage 14: Punishment 2005.12.03
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes Jorge Rivera Cage Rage 2005.04.30
Loss | Submission | Leglock
3:08 Round 3 of 3, 18:08 Total
Ryo Chonan
Ref: Moritaka Oshiro
Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg
2004.12.31
Odds: -300 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs
#4 Greatest Submission of All Time
#10 Biggest Upset of All Time
#20 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#22 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous Lee Murray Cage Rage 2004.09.11
Win | Decision | Unanimous Jeremy Horn GLADIATOR 2004.06.27
Win | KO/TKO | Retired Waldir dos Anjos Bahia Regional 2003.12.20
Loss | Submission | Choke
8:33 Round 1 of 3
Daiju Takase
Pride 26: Bad to the Bone
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg
2003.06.08
Odds: -1500 Huge Favorite Upset Defeat
#35 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
6:27 Round 1 of 3
Carlos Newton
Pride 25: Body Blow
Main Card | Heavyweight
2003.03.16
Odds: -105 Near Even
#87 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total
Alexander Otsuka
Pride 22: Beasts From the East 2
Main Card | Heavyweight
2002.09.29
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
1:23 Round 1 of 3
Alex Stiebling
Ref: Minoru Toyonaga
Pride 21: Demolition
Main Card | Heavyweight
2002.06.23
Weigh-In: 187.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Punches Roan Carneiro
Meca 6 2002.01.31
Win | Decision | Unanimous Hayato Sakurai Shooto 2001.08.26
Win | Submission | Punches Israel Albuquerque
Meca 5 2001.06.09
Win | Decision | Unanimous Tetsuji Kato Shooto 2001.03.02
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes Claudionor Fontinelle
Meca 4 2000.12.16
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes Jose Barreto
Meca 2 2000.08.12
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Luiz Azeredo
Meca 1 2000.05.27
Win | KO/TKO | Retired Fabricio Camoes TDR 1998.04.25
Win | Submission | Choke Raimundo Pinheiro TDR 1998.04.25

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    MMA underground video maker Machinemen produced this highlight of "The Spider" Anderson Silva featuring his career from 2006 to 2009.

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    In a three part series, The Lux profiles the Brazilian fighters of Black House MMA. Volume 1 features Feijao Cavalcante, Anderson Silva and Junior Dos Santos.

  • Documentary  |  Anderson Silva Cribs Video report dead link

    UFC-produced video touring through Anderson Silva's home with Brazilian UFC reporter Paula Sack.

  • Highlight  |  Anderson Silva Highlight Video in HD report dead link

    A sweet high definition video of Anderson "The Spider" Silva's career defining moments.

  • Promo Video  |  Anderson Silva "Like Water" Documentary Promo Video report dead link

    The promo video to the 2011 Anderson Silva documentary film, "Like Water," that premiered at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.

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    Watch this short documentary special as UFC All Angles goes behind-the-scenes with Anderson Silva.

  • Interview  |  UFC 168: Silva Surgery Breakdown report dead link

    Watch Dr. Steven Sanders break down Anderson Silva's leg break and his long road to recovery.

  • Interview  |  Anderson's First Interview Since His Injury (Eng Subtitled) report dead link

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