The Peaceful Warrior by Bobby D. Lux2©2010 Bobby D. Lux, All Rights Reserved
That’s not good news for fighters in the UFC middleweight division looking to take the
crown from the current king.Growing up in Curitiba, Brazil, Anderson Silva never fancied himself as someone whowould become a professional fighter. Nonetheless, like many young people, he discoveredmartial arts at a young age, and never looked back.
I started training Tae Kwon Do at an early age,
” Silva said,
and it evolved into MuayThai, Jiu-Jitsu, and it all just went from there. I never really had any goal of being a mixed
martial arts fighter. It just kind of happened naturally.”
Silva’s journey to stardom in the UFC took him globetrotting across the world and lefta butcher’s bill of vanquished opponent’s along the way.
He began his career fighting in May 2000 his native Brazil, losing a close splitdecision against Luiz Azeredo. Silva rebounded and went on a nine-fight winning streak thathad an early stop in the Shooto organization, where he won their middleweight title (at 167
lbs.) by defeating Hyato “Mach” Sakurai. He went back and forth from fighting in Brazil and
Pride in Japan, defeating fighters like Jeremy Horn and former UFC welterweight champion,Carlos Newton, along the way. In September 2004, Silva found himself in Englandchallenging Lee Murray for the Cage Rage middleweight title, which Silva won via decision.
With Rich Franklin’s recent win over Jason MacDonald at UFC 68, it looks that
Franklin and Silva will soon have a date set once more to compete for the middleweight titleinside the Octagon. Despite winning with relative ease in their first go around, Silva does not take Franklin lightly, and contends that Franklin is the best all-around stand up fighter in their division, a claim that many experts make about Silva, and not just in his division. Manywill tell you with no hesitation that Anderson Silva is the best striker in the world, pound forpound.
“I don’t really look at myself as the best pound for pound striker in the world,” Silvacounters. “In all honesty, I feel that for standing up, exchanging, and hanging in there and trading blows technically, and moving pretty well…I’d probably have to say Rich Franklin.”
“A fight’s a fight,” Silva says about a possible rematch with Franklin. “Everyoneknows that anything can happen in a fight. Only that night we’ll be able to determine what’sgoing to happen. He’s a great fighter, Rich Franklin, and I would love to fight him again. I
would love to give him the oppo
rtunity that he gave me.”
With a highlight reel full of knockouts, it might be surprising to discover that Silva
isn’t killer that his impressive resume might suggest.
“I’m a pretty down to Earth, relaxed guy. Despite what it seems like when I’m inside
Octagon, I’m very unhappy about the results of sometimes what happens. I’m not intohurting anybody, and it hurts me when I hurt someone. While it’s happening, it’s my job, andI’m there to do my duty, but deep down inside, I’m a very tranquil guy that’s
and I respect everyone I fight. It bothers me to hurt them…
But if you disrespect me, you’ll
At A Glance:
Favorite music is hip hop and R&BFavorite group is Dru Hill, and also like DMX and Lauren HillHe relaxes by playing his Playstation. Any soccer game will do.
Wishes he could’ve trained with Carlson Gracie
Feels that Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu are best disciplines for Mixed Martial Arts.