Anderson Silva has been called many things, but one thing that is certain is that he is a polarizing character. While some love him, most fighters seem to hate him. He has made claims of being the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, and many would agree with him.
If you are a fan or a fighter in the UFC then there are really two ways to look at Anderson Silva. The first way is as a great fighter and the second is as a showman. If you look at him as just a fighter then his resume speaks for itself with wins over Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Rich Franklin (x2), Forrest Griffin, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and Demian Maia. But if you look at Anderson Silva as a showman, his resume also speaks for itself with his antics inside the octagon against Demian Maia (which led to booing from the crowd) and Stephan Bonnar (which ended up being the best selling PPV ever in the UK). Some argue that these antics have hurt his legacy in MMA but others argue that these antics have helped build up Anderson Silva’s legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Anderson Silva is a fighter. He is a showman. Well, he is one of the best fighters and showmen in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Don’t believe me? Well, I guess you will just have to keep reading on to find out why.
Anderson Silva: A Fighter
Anderson Silva is the current middleweight champion of the UFC. He has defended his title 8 times (an MMA record). He holds the UFC record for most consecutive wins with 16 (which includes 11 title defenses), and he currently has an amazing 28-4-0 record. One of his losses was due to a disqualification and another was due to a cut suffered during the fight, which in turn caused him to lose by technical decision. So, if you take away those two losses, his actual MMA record would be 28-2-0! If that doesn’t spell “fighter,” then I don’t know what does.
Anderson Silva: A Showman
Anderson Silva fights in the cage, but he also put on a show while he is there. When he is not busy knocking people out or getting them in submission holds, you can often find him dancing around or taunting his opponents (and sometimes even his own cornermen). Some fans love this about him
The UFC has taken notice of Anderson Silva’s recent drop in performance and has arranged for the former middleweight champion to work with a sports psychologist. UFC President Dana White revealed this news on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight”.
“He’s going to go all over the country to start working with a sports psychologist,” said White. “This guy is very talented, he’s been around a long time and he’s a great guy.”
During his title run, Silva was often criticized for his striking style inside the Octagon. However, that criticism has only intensified since he lost the middleweight belt to Chris Weidman at UFC 162.
While many fighters might not be receptive to working with a sports psychologist, White believes Silva will enjoy the process if it gives him better results.
“Anderson has always been one of those guys who does what he wants to do,” said White. “He’s not one of those guys who fights because he loves fighting and needs to fight. He loves fighting but sometimes he doesn’t love training.”
Last night’s UFC 162 pay-per-view was supposed to be a coming out party for Anderson Silva. He was supposed to be the showman, the artiste who dominated the mixed martial arts world for nearly seven years. Instead he came off as the fighter who did everything wrong, and couldn’t get it right.
After nearly two years of inactivity and a lack of competition, Silva returned to the octagon to defend his title against Chris Weidman—who was not only undefeated in his professional career, but also had never been taken down once in his life.
Silva clearly underestimated Weidman from the outset, choosing to dance around the cage rather than engage him. He kept his hands at his sides and taunted Weidman with leg kicks, which were mostly blocked by Weidman’s defense.
If you are a fighter in a fight, your job is to defend yourself against your opponent’s verbal and physical attacks. It is not your job to taunt them or try to make them look bad by doing things like kicking them in the head when they’re not expecting it.
On Saturday, the UFC will hold its first fight card in Sweden. Topping the evening’s bill will be a middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami. It is a fight that probably should have happened several years ago; however, Silva (as he tends to do) delayed the inevitable.
Silva’s recent fights are evidence of the fact that he is the greatest fighter to ever grace the Octagon. With victories over Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin (twice), Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Forrest Griffin, he has defeated some of the best fighters in three divisions. However, despite all of his accomplishments inside the cage, Silva remains a mystery outside of it.
Silva has always been an enigma to fans and media alike. He has made statements in English claiming he wants to fight boxers and wrestlers (presumably meaning James Toney and Brock Lesnar). After defeating Sonnen at UFC 117, Silva even stated that he was interested in fighting Fedor Emelianenko “anytime, anywhere.”
But then there are times when Silva claims he only wants to fight top contenders in his own weight class. In a recent interview with Sherdog.com’s Jordan Breen on The Savage Dog Show radio
Anderson Silva is the UFC’s Middleweight Champion, and for good reason. The man is a combat genius, unparalleled in his ability to read his opponents and pick them apart from the outside with pinpoint strikes.
In this way, he can be compared to the greatest fighters in UFC history. They all share an uncanny knack of knowing when their opponent is vulnerable, and capitalizing on that moment. Fighters like Chuck Liddell, Royce Gracie, and Randy Couture come to mind when thinking about this topic. However, I think that Anderson Silva’s personality separates him from the pack.
Anderson Silva does not have the same stoic personality as these other great champions. He will show off in the middle of fights by dropping his hands and taunting his opponent. He will stand with his hands behind his back against a fellow striker because he knows he has better striking skills than they do. He will give up dominant positions because he knows he can get right back up again and keep fighting.
I am not sure if these traits are good or bad for Silva as a fighter. On one hand, it shows tremendous confidence in himself and his abilities, which you need at that level of the sport to be successful. It also leads to some spectacular knockouts