A complete listing of each UFC fundamental occasion starring Anderson Silva, plus the place it occurred and what had been the outcomes.
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva may arguably be thought-about the best MMA fighter of all time. On Saturday night time Silva appeared in his record-breaking 20th UFC fundamental occasion look over his storied profession. Although he ended up on the dropping finish not one single individual may fault him for his look. Many believed we had been seeing Silva’s swan music and the passing of the torch from the previous to the long run in Israel Adesanya.
It doesn’t matter what occurs going ahead not a single individual can diminish Silva’s accomplishments.
Right here we’ll break down every of his UFC fundamental occasions (so as) beginning with UFC Struggle Evening 5 in 2006 and ending with Saturday’s UFC 234 look.
UFC Struggle Evening 5 – Chris Leben vs. Anderson Silva
(June 28, 2006) Silva made his UFC debut as the primary occasion of UFC Struggle Evening 5 the place he confronted and defeated Chris Leben by way of a surprising 49-second knockout. The win would put him into title competition and earn him a Knockout of the Evening win bonus.
UFC 64 – Wealthy Franklin vs. Anderson Silva
(Oct. 14, 2006) Silva earned the UFC middleweight title after defeating Wealthy Franklin at UFC 64. His first-round knockout of Franklin earned him his second back-to-back Knockout of the Evening win bonus.
UFC 67 – Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter
(Feb. 3, 2007) Silva starred because the A-side of his first UFC occasion when he confronted Travis Lutter for what was meant to be the primary title protection of his UFC profession. Sadly, Lutter missed weight (187 lbs) and the struggle was declared a non-title bout. The additional weight wasn’t an element for Silva who defeated Lutter by way of a second-round submission.
UFC 73 – Anderson Silva vs. Nate Marquardt
(July 7, 2007) Silva’s first official title protection got here at UFC 73 when he confronted Nate Marquardt who he defeated by way of knockout within the very first spherical. With the short win, he earned one more Knockout of the Evening win bonus.
UFC 77 – Anderson Silva vs. Wealthy Franklin 2
(Oct. 20, 2007) Silva stepped into the Octagon to face the person he took the belt from, this time because the champion at UFC 77. He defeated Franklin once more, this time by way of a vicious second-round KO which earned him one more Knockout of the Evening win bonus.
UFC 82 – Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson
(March 1, 2008) Silva defended his middleweight title and unified the Pleasure Welterweight Championship when he defeated Dan Henderson at UFC 82. It took Silva slightly below two rounds to complete Henderson by way of submission (rear-naked choke). The win earned Silva two extra win bonus’ together with Submission of the Evening and Struggle of the Evening.
UFC Struggle Evening – Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin
(July 19, 2008) Silva made his gentle heavyweight debut when he confronted James Irvin at UFC Struggle Evening Silva vs. Irvin. He defeated Irvin by way of a first-round knockout and Irvin later failed a drug check for methadone and oxymorphone.
UFC 90- Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Côté
(Oct. 25, 2008) Silva returned to middleweight to defend his title in opposition to Patrick Côté. Although Silva defeated Côté by way of third-round TKO he didn’t earn a win bonus for the primary time in his championship bout appearances.
UFC 97 – Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
(April 18, 2009) Silva defended his title but once more when he defeated Thales Leites by way of a third-round knee harm. He didn’t safe a win bonus for the second bout in a row however secured the report for many consecutive wins at 9.
UFC 112 – Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia
(April 10, 2010) Silva made historical past when he defeated Demian Maia at UFC 112 when he grew to become the primary fighter to defend his title six instances in a row.
UFC 117 – Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
(Aug. 7, 2010) Silva returned to gentle heavyweight once more, this time to face Chael Sonnen. He defeated Sonnen (who later examined constructive for an unlawful substance) by way of a first-round knockout. The win earned Silva a Struggle of the Evening bonus.
UFC 126 – Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort
(Feb. 5, 2011) In what would quickly turn out to be a world-famous KO, Silva stepped in to defend his middleweight title and secured a first-round front-kick KO of Vitor Belfort. He earned one other Knockout of the Evening bonus for the spotlight reel second.
UFC 134 – Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
(Aug. 27, 2011) Silva defended his title in Brazil when he defeated Yushin Okami by way of a second-round TKO.
UFC 148 – Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2
(July 7, 2012) Silva stepped into the Octagon to offer Sonnen his rematch at UFC 148. This time the pair met at middleweight, for the title. Silva would defeat Sonnen a second time and prolong his title protection report to 10. He additionally walked residence with one other Knockout of the Evening win bonus.
UFC 153 – Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar
(Oct. 13, 2012) Silva dabbled in gentle heavyweight once more when he confronted Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153. Silva prolonged his UFC report for many consecutive wins to 16 when he defeated Bonnar by way of first-round TKO. Bonnar later examined constructive for a boldenone metabolite.
UFC 162 – Anderson Silva vs. Chris Wiedman
(July 6, 2013) Many followers mark Silva’s first struggle with Chris Wiedman at UFC 162 the start of the top for Silva. Weidman defeated the GOAT by way of a second-round knockout to turn out to be the brand new middleweight champion. This was Silva’s first skilled loss since Jan. 2006 and the primary in his UFC profession.
An instantaneous rematch was imminent.
UFC 168 – Chris Wiedman vs. Anderson Silva 2
(Dec. 28, 2013) That rematch occurred simply months later but it surely turned out to be a devastating resolution for the previous champion. Wiedman walked residence with one other win after probably the most famously grotesque accidents in UFC historical past. A second-round leg harm noticed Silva carted out on a stretcher and his future in MMA hanging within the stability.
UFC 183 – Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
(Jan. 31, 2015) The world waited with bated breath for the return of Silva and two years later he lastly returned to the Octagon to face Nick Diaz. Silva secured the choice win however the victory was later overturned to a no contest after he (and Diaz) each failed post-fight drug checks.
UFC London – Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping
(Feb. 27, 2016) Silva returned to the cage as soon as extra to face Michael Bisping as the primary occasion for a UFC Struggle Go unique struggle card. The struggle, which aired in the midst of the day for North American followers, proved to be one of many wildest, most controversial fights of his profession. Silva would find yourself on the dropping finish of what many known as a nasty judges resolution.
UFC 234 – Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva
(Feb. 9, 2019) Silva wasn’t speculated to be the primary occasion at UFC 234 however after the middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker, was rushed into emergency surgical procedure, he and Israel Adesanya had been thrust into the highlight. Silva would lose by way of resolution however win again the hearts of many followers who thought the expertise from Silva had light.
Spoiler alert: It hasn’t.