With Anderson Silva due to take on Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, it’s worth remembering just how much of a legend the Brazilian really is.
Although Anderson Silva will always be remembered as one of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC, there was a time when the Brazilian was viewed as invincible.
Having first signed for the UFC in 2006, Silva fought 16 times in the six year period between June 2006 and October of 2012. During that spell, the 41-year-old had the longest title streak in UFC history, holding onto the middleweight belt for a phenomenal 2,457 days, successfully defending his crown ten times in the process.
However, in July of 2013, a shock was awaiting the seemingly invincible Brazilian. Taking on Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in Las Vegas, Silva was overly arrogant in the second round and, teasing the American by standing in front of him with his hands down, the ‘Spider’ was knocked out.
Watching that day were fellow UFC superstars Urijah Faber and Jon Jones and, looking at their reactions, one gets a sense of just how big of an upset Silva’s loss to Weidman really was.