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Anderson Silva is the former UFC middleweight champion, setting a record for most consecutive title defenses for several years before being defeated by Chris Weidman. He was once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, alongside B.J. Penn, Georges St. Pierre and Fedor Emelianenko.

The Twilight of Silva's Middleweight Reign - Sonnen, Vitor, Okami and the slaughter of BonnarEdit

He most recently got his ass kicked for four and a half rounds against Chael Sonnen before 'submitting' him via a triangle choke. He was next set to fight an immediate rematch against Sonnen and deservedly so. Unfortunately, Sonnen tested positive for steroids after the first fight before the planned second fight could be officially confirmed.

Silva instead defended his title against former light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. He k
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Anderson Silva showing Demian Maia his pound-for-pound dominance..

nocked Belfort out in the first round with a record highlight-reel front kick to the face. Silva attributed the instantly legendary strike to his tutelage under Hollywood star and -- for lack of a better term, unfortunately -- martial arts guru Steven Seagal.

He next defended his title in a rematch against Yushin Okami, defeating Okami via second-round TKO to retain the belt and erase his only loss -- and a controversial one at that -- in five years. In the eyes of many fans, this put Silva above Georges St. Pierre as the number one fighter in the world pound-for-pound.

Silva was sidelined after the bout with an injury, allowing him to smoothly avoid a rematch against Chael Sonnen. He was rumored to move back up to light-heavyweight for the third time since 2009, midway through 2012 for an in-demand superfight against current light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

After recovering from his injury, Silva next defended his title for the eleventh time in a rematch against Chael Sonnen, losing the first round to Sonnen in similar fashion before TKOing Sonnen in the second round.

Silva then stepped in on short notice at 205 pounds against fellow short-notice volunteer Stephan Bonnar to save the main event of UFC 153 in his native Brazil. Silva TKOed Bonnar near the end of the first round with a huge knee; it was the first time Bonnar had been finished in his carer and he retired after the loss.

Rumors abounded about Silva's next fight. There were possibilities of a superfight against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre or UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones; meanwhile, middleweight contenders like Chris Weidman, Michael Bisping, Tim Boetsch and Vitor Belfort waited in the wings back home at 185 pounds.

As of February 2013 - three or four months after Silva's last fight -- Silva's next reasonable opponents include title defenses against Chris Weidman, former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, a rematch against Vitor Belfort or Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

After Rashad Evans lost to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Chris Weidman called out Silva directly even as a high-profile match between Luke Rockhold and Vitor Belfort was made. Silva tried to duck both of these possible contenders by talking only about a superfight against Georges St. Pierre at welterweight.

Losing The TitleEdit

Silva was announced in late February 2013 to be lined up for a title defense against Chris Weidman in summer 2013. Weidman knocked Silva out in the second round to take the middleweight championship and breaking Silva's undefeated phenomenal streak.

Silva was scheduled for a rematch in December 2013 before being injured in August 2013. He soon recovered and the fight was scheduled again for December 2013.

Weidman once again dominated the fight's first round and Silva came out as he did in their first fight's second stanza: desperate and looking to make something happen. He started trying to work in some leg kicks which had shown promise in the first fight. Weidman had been obviously training to defend them as he checked one of the powerful kicks and shattered Silva's left shin in two places in a stunning and tragic injury. The injury ended the fight and more than likely it also ended Silva's career.

Silva reportedly asked surgeons in pre-op when he could train again and after the successful surgery the prognosis from the surgeons was six to nine months. Silva would be nearly forty when he could realistically come back from the injury and it wasn't very realistic even then. Ring rust would be a huge factor.

Coming BackEdit

Silva signed in July 2014, a little over half a year after the injury, to fight former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz in January 2015 which would be over a year after the injury. Silva defeated Diaz via a lackluster unanimous decision, before testing positive for steroids after the fight. Diaz tested positive for marijuana. Both men were suspended although for some reason Silva wasn't suspended as long...

In any case once Silva had come back from his suspension he fought contender Michael Bisping in Bisping's homeland of London. Bisping won a controversial but entertaining unanimous decision over Silva.

Silva was next set to fight exciting striker Uriah Hall in Brazil but unfortunately he was forced to pull out after the revelation that he would need gallbladder surgery immediately. Silva stated that he wanted to get on the iconic UFC 200 card in July 2016 but the timetable and list of opponents did not seem to come together.

UFC 200: Stepping Up To Fight Edit

Three days before the event headliner Jon Jones tested positive for PEDs and was pulled from his fight with UFC light-heavyweight champion Dan Cormier. Silva offered to step in on two days' notice to fight Cormier and the UFC accepted, setting up the fight as a three-round light-heavyweight fight on the landmark event.

FightsEdit

Silva's sixth MMA fight. Silva called it the toughest fight of his career even years later.

TriviaEdit

During the build-up to his July 2013 defense of his title against Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva stated that his favorite fighters in UFC history were B.J. Penn, Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Royce Gracie.

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