He weighs around 185 pounds and is largely considered one of the greatest middleweight fighters in the sport. On October 14, 2006, at UFC 64, Rich Franklin and Anderson Silva entered the ring. He was born on April 14, 1975, and is a Brazilian fighter who has competed in a variety of different venues from amateur leagues to the UFC. After signing with the UFC, Silva would already start to be promoted as a favorite to win the Middleweight title. He fought his first match in the Ultimate Fight Night 5 which was held on June 28, 2006. After this small but successful Brazilian stint, he moved into the PRIDE Fighting Championships in 2002. He would win by submission because of his powerful strikes.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship would prove to be a good move for Anderson Silva. He has mastered his skills in Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai, but has an arsenal of other techniques and fighting styles under his belt.

Anderson Silva’s mixed martial arts career first began in Brazil when he fought in the Mecca Organization. After that loss he went through a few other promotions until he joined the Cage Rage promotion that was held in England. It was here that Silva was named Middleweight Champion and where his career really began to take off. Silva would surprise the UFC by taking out Leben with a series of strikes and a final knee to put him away. Silva won his first three fights in this league but in PRIDE 26 he lost to Daiju Takase when he got a good strangle hold on him. After this commanding win, the UFC took a poll to see who the fans wanted Anderson Silva to fight next. Later in February of 2007, Silva would win another convincing victory against Travis Lutter, who was the Ultimate Fighter Season 4 winner. The voters picked the then current UFC Champion, Rich Franklin, and Silva was given the chance to fight him later that year.

Throughout his career, Silva has proven to be one of the best strikers in the sport and has shown that with some impressive wins against some fierce competitors.

Anderson Silva is a Brazilian MMA fighter who has made quite a name for himself in the mixed martial arts world. Some of his major accomplishments include being the UFC Middleweight Champion, the Cage Rage World Middleweight Champion, and also the Shooto Middleweight Champion. After a short round, Silva came out victor with a TKO. He lost his very first official fight but then went on to win the next nine and even defeated the current Shooto champion of that time, Hayato Sakurai. He went back and forth between the PRIDE and Cage Rage promotions with a mixed record of wins and losses until he finally signed with the UFC in the mid 2000′s. . He would fight Chris Leben who had been undefeated since he entered the league through the Ultimate Fighter 1 challenge. There during Cage Rage 8, he fought UFC veteran Lee Murray and defeated him by decision