How GOOD was Anderson Silva Actually?Jun 01, 2021
silvain his prime was a god in mma the brazilian fighter became an icon in the ufc not only because he kept winning but also because he did it for real his skills both on the feet and on the ground made some of the most memorable moments in the sport and for a while it seemed like no one would be able to stop him but then someone did and after that loss the losses just kept piling up so how
goodwas Anderson Silva
actuallyhey guys it's Kion and today we are. we are going to be talking about
silvathis is a video i made about a year ago and sadly they removed it but i see this as an opportunity to make an even better and more updated video and someone like anderson deserves it because his run is too legendary not to cover it but sadly that gets overlooked because of how he left at the end of his career so in this video we're going to take a look at his mma career to really understand how
goodhe was but before we get to that I yelled. off to the bare minimum my patreon members get the added benefit of a shout out before each video but even then tour members get early access and video to kyunkumar's podcast plus all the money goes to charity now Let's Do It Anderson began his mma career on June 25, 1997 at the age of 22. his first opponent was raymundo pinero though anderson was knocked down he grabbed raymundo's back and blocked a rare naked choke that forced the tap on the same night that anderson fought fabricio camos this was a grueling fight for fabrizio who took a lot of punches and was knocked out of the ring, eventually it all became too much for him and the fight ended with tko's retirement after taking time off from fighting professional boxing.
Anderson returned to mma three years later to fight Luis Azereto. Although Anderson had his moments on the broadcast and was generally very intimidating to stand in front of Louise, he controlled most of the action with his wrestling while maintaining top control and throwing Ground and pound after two tees. In one-minute rounds, he won a unanimous decision handing Anderson his first loss. Three months later, he fought José Barretto, although José tried to knock the fight down. Anderson denied it and smashed him to the feet. This led to a fight ending kick to the head after this. won fought claudio norfontanelle anderson was dominant as he connected with punches, kicks and knees that ultimately ended the fight three months later fought tetsuji kato anderson kept the pressure on his feet for most of the fight and even though he was knocked down he stayed busy with punches and submission attempts from his back after three rounds, Anderson won via unanimous decision, his next opponent was Israel Albuquerque, Israel was no match for Anderson punching while eating shots before submitting to punches, Anderson's next fight it was for Shooto's middleweight championship, his opponent was champion Hayoto. sakurai although sakurai had his moments on the ground so did anderson and of course he was the aggressor on the feet after three rounds he won a unanimous decision anderson the new shuttle middleweight champion five months later he fought ron canero anderson dropped rowan early and from there controlled the action on the feet rowan secured the takedown but anderson reversed it immediately this drove to the ground and forcefully hit the referee to intervene after this win anderson made his debut with pride His opponent was Alex Steebling Anderson opened the fight with some good punches before connecting with a kick to the head.
This opened up a cut on Alex's face that forced the doctor to stop the fight in the previous 22. Anderson struggled against Alexander Otsuka, though Alexander secured multiple takedowns. It was Anderson who kept busy on the ground trying to submit after three rounds, he won by unanimous decision. Six months later, he fought former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton Carlos found the successor early with superior takedown and control, but once the two recovered, Anderson landed a flying knee. Carlos went down and ate ground. and pound before the referees intervened in the previous 26 anderson fought deju takase with a losing record deji was the big underdog going into this fight but after touching toes ensured the takedown Anderson kept busy but Deju was tough and he did very well to maintain top control.
Eventually, he reversed, but Anderson got caught in the triangle choke forcing him to submit. Anderson was very upset after this loss so much so that he even considered quitting his mma career but instead made the switch and wrestling camps from shute box to the best brazilian team and after getting back in the win column by defeating wilder dos sanjos anderson fought jeremy horn despite being knocked down multiple times, anderson was able to immediately get back or reverse jeremy and on his feet, anderson looked amazing as he landed a series of punches, kicks and knees after three rounds which he won by unanimous decision ander son's next fight was for the cage rage midway Championship his opponent was lee murray the action took place both standing and on the ground and although lee had his moments anderson was always one step ahead after three rounds he won by unanimous decision making him the new Cage Rage Middleweight Champion on New Year's Eve 2004 Anderson was once again proud that his opponent was ra Ryo Chon. heel hook this forced an immediate touch from anderson and honestly this was such a great finish regardless anderson returned to england to defend his cage rage middleweight championship his opponent was jorge rivera anderson was foot dominant in the clinch and on the ground finally he connected with punches and knees that dropped jorge anderson followed by ground and pound before the referee stepped in eight months later he fought curtis stout once again and erson controlled the action with his punches and grabs which which led to a ground and pound that left curtis out.
Anderson's next fight was an opening bout in the rumble on the rock welterweight tournament. The takedowns Anderson was eventually knocked down and while on his back he connected with the heel kick to Okami's face hurting him instantly but the referee stopped the fight because Okami was a grounded opponent when he ate that kick which is illegal and took him down. led to the loss by disqualification. anderson as okami couldn't continue he returned to cage ridge to defend his belt against tony frickland after dominating tony on his feet with punches and knees anderson connected with a reverse elbow that knocked out tony in april 2006 anderson signed with the ufc he made his Debuting in June of that year against former WBC Middleweight Champion Chris Lebanon.
Chris ran in immediately but took a ton of punches and a kick to the head while doing so, Anderson continued to throw punches before connecting with a need that knocked him out. to chris this impressive debut led to a title shot against ufc middleweight champion rich franklin after feeling each other on their feet problems began to mount for rich who ate big knees in the clinch anderson followed with a kick and more knees before rich came out making anderson the new ufc middleweight champion his first defense was supposed to be The title fight would be against travis luder at ufc 67 but travis missed a lot making the fight no -Title fight Anderson won the fight by blocking a triangle choke and throwing elbows to Travis's head forcing the touchdown on UFC 73.
Anderson fought former Pancreas Middleweight Champion Nate Marquart, though Anderson was knocked down early on, he ended up reversing Nate and finished. him with ground and pound after this win anderson fought rich franklin making it their second meeting anderson was the aggressor on the feet and nearly st finished the fight late in the first round and that dominance continued in the second where he landed with knees going down rich and ending the fight at ufc 82 anderson fought former pride welterweight and middleweight champion dan henderson dan looked good in the first round with an early takedown and superior control he also had moments on his feet , but Anderson connected with a flurry of punches that fell and this led to Ground and Pound and eventually a rare naked choke forcing a bunt four months later, Anderson moved up to light heavyweight for the first time in the ufc in the fight. non title fought james irvin and it was a quick fight in which anderson dropped james with a right hand, followed up with ground and pound before referee mario yamasaki stepped in on u fc 90 anderson fought patrick cote even though patrick threw more volume and connected with some shots anderson had no problems and landed some punches of his own unfortunately for patrick his leg gave out e Early in the third round he was unable to continue , giving Anderson the TKO win, including UFC president Dana White criticized Anderson's game plan in this fight that saw him avoid going into trades, but Anderson said that's how he wanted to fight while trying to conserve energy for a five-round fight and wait for the mistakes to capitalize six months later, he fought the Dallas Ladies much like the fight with Cote Anderson, avoiding most of his opponent's offense and waiting for opportunities to make his move and once again the fans weren't happy about it but after five rounds anderson won a unanimous decision at ufc 101, anderson moved back up to 205 for fighting former ufc light heavyweight champion forrest griffin and anderson in the last two fights where he took a more tentative approach was not found here he was dodging attacks like he was in the matrix and instead connected with punches that dropped strength three times, the last one forced the referee to step in and rson was on another level that night but sadly that momentum went down at ufc 112 when he fought damien maya anderson did not lose this fight but received a lot of criticism for his performance during the major part of the fight he went around and taunted damien yes he landed more shots at the end but the action was minimal after five rounds anderson won a unanimous decision and dana white was definitely not happy he even said it was the most embarrassing thing he ever did he had been around since he became ufc president so he wanted to give anderson an opponent that he really believed would be a test and that man was chael sonn in the prep The preparation for this fight was unlike any other Anderson fight buildup.
Silva Chael wasn't afraid of badmouthing so he did everything he could verbally about the champion leading up to their fight, but he backed all of that up with his performance. Chael stunned Anderson. on the feet early and secured the takedown where he threw ground and pound and that fight narrative continued throughout the rounds. Two to four before the final round, Anderson had to go all the way to win and after being knocked down, it looked like there was going to be a new ufc middleweight champion, but with two minutes to go, Anderson locked up a triangle arm bar that forced the tap this was one of the best comebacks in mma history and anderson would go on to say he went into the fight with a broken rib despite the win everyone knew a rematch had to happen because anderson took more damage in this fight than all his ufc fights combined michelle was called off after this fight due to elevated testosterone so the second fight was called off so anderson fought the former heavyweight champion instead ufc light heavyweight vitor belfort at ufc 126. a front kick to vitor's face vitor went down and they punched before mario yamasaki stepped in this is one of the greatest finishes in mma history six months later s ande rson fought yoshinokami for the second time, it was also his first fight in brazil in over seven years and he delivered with a commanding performance that saw him drop okami with a right hand before finishing him with a ground and punch at ufc 148 anderson fought against chael sonnen for the second time i was so excited for this fight to unfold the build up was huge and the bad blood between the two was at an all time high it was a legacy defying fight for both fighters and i remember people who knew i didn't watch mma knew about this fight and with 925k pay-per-view buys it was anderson's biggest fight at the time in round one he went down like most of the first fight chael secured an early knockdown and maintained the superior control he was looking for well earlier in the second round when he delivered a spinning back fist that sent him falling to the canvas.
Anderson connected with Anita's body, followed by punches that forced the á Referee Eve Levine to step in, it was a great win and that momentum. m continued when he took a short notice fight against stephen bonner at ufc 153 even though anderson just hung out against the cage on purpose for most of the fight all he needed was a knee and punches to finish bonner off , So it isthe first time they finish it. strikes at ufc 162 anderson fought chris weidman chris got off to a good start securing an early takedown but once they got up anderson seemed comfortable enough to keep his hands down and start taunting and that continued early in the second round before chris connected with a left hand that dropped Anderson followed up with Ground and Pound before referee Herb Dean stepped in.
It was a great loss. I remember how shocked I was when I saw it live because it really seemed like Anderson would never lose a fight again at that point. regardless, he got an immediate rematch and was still the favorite to win, but once again, Chris had a good first round dropping Anderson with clinch punches and throwing ground and pound. In fact, he nearly finished Anderson off in the first round, but the fight ended in much more brutal fashion. Chris controlled Anderson's kick and this shattered Anderson's tibia and fibula. This was probably the most brutal injury I've ever seen in a fight.
He is now 38 years old. It really seemed like this would be the last time we would see Anderson fight but he came back a year later to fight former Strikeforce welterweight champion nick diaz and this was a very interesting fight most of the time nick was making fun of anderson and although anderson landed more punches throughout the fight there was never a point where the action picked up at the end he won by unanimous decision but days after the fight it was revealed that anderson failed his drug test testing positive for anabolic steroids At the hearing, he blamed it on sexual enhancement and sleeping pills, but the commission still suspended him for a year, fined him $380,000, and vacated his no-contest win against Nick Diaz.
Anderson returned in February. from 2016 to fight michael bisbane even though punches knocked him down early anderson nearly finished a fight late in the third round with a flying knee but herb never called off the p elea and went on for two more rounds and where both men went back and forth on their feet after five rounds, Michael won via unanimous decision and Anderson stepped in on short notice to fight. Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier and this is a fight a lot of people forget happened since it was a one sided grappling performance by Daniel Anderson.
He was happy to survive all three rounds, but in the end, Daniel won a unanimous decision seven months later. Anderson fought Derek Brunson. It was a close fight with both men having their moments on the feet, but Derek also found success on the ground after three rounds. Anderson won via unanimous decision, which was viewed as controversial by many at UFC 234. Anderson fought Israel Adesanya. It was a fun duel as both fighters have very similar styles which led to an incredible stand up battle and while anderson had his moments, the youngest, strongest and fastest fighter in israel put on a performance that proved he is worth taking the torch after three rounds he won by unanimous decision at ufc 237 anderson fought jared cannoneer and lost a fight in the first by going down from a leg kick 17 months later anders in fought uriah hall and in the fourth round, anderson he was floored by a right hand and a ground and pound which forced herb dean to step in at age 45 and with three straight losses the ufc released him from his contract this was his biggest recent fight and honestly no one really knows what follows as Anderson hasn't officially retired and as sad as his career was at the end it just doesn't eclipse how phenomenal he was in his prime so after going 34 and 11 with one no c song career contest become ufc middleweight kdrage middleweight and shoot home visiting champion how good was anderson silva
actuallyreached the highest level of mma greatness of all and some people consider it the goat just because of that because in his prime he was untouchable and he got to a point where people not only expected him to win but also expected an entertaining fight because for the most part he's had some legendary moments whether it's on knees. franklin's head, the fifth round submission against chael or the front kick against vitor were great moments both then and now when i reflect on them and a lot of it had to do with anderson's fighting style it was flashy it was funky he was swaggering but most importantly it was beautiful to see a human fight like it was out of a video game its just amazing to see that he is one of the best punchers in mma history he mixed his punches, kicks and knees in such a way that he was so unpredictable for getting read by his opponents even when he wasn't throwing strikes he would just stand up and faint slightly which even scared me and a lot of it had to do with his natural athleticism which also helped him with his defense as he avoided attacks from his opponent simply dodging them and his wing chun was also another confusion tactic for his opponents, but the biggest tactic he had popularized was intimidation, Anders on would clown around in fights regularly and I would think how much would this go into my head if I was fighting him which meant you really had to be mentally tough if you were going to face him I mean see what he did to a former champion light heavyweight and Forrest Griffin to be I honestly think Anderson was able to do that against any light heavyweight in the past and that, to me, makes him the first unofficial double champion, although he could have gone that route, which is one that many intend to take today.
He decided to rack up a total of 10 title defenses which is much more impressive in my opinion, but some question the caliber of his opponents as much as he has some big names on his resume, he's more the type of fighters he was with. having difficulties that started when he fought chael sun and continued with chris weidman although anderson had awesome jiu jitsu he fought fighters that were common in the middleweight division back then and surprisingly even now and honestly that may have played a part very important in his longevity as a ufc champion but most of it was definitely due to his skills as a fighter because it was the way he won his fights he was just levels ahead of the competition therefore making them look worse than what they really were.
It was yeah, it sucks that most remember his downfall compared to his golden days, but like many fighters, they age and with speed, being the first to wane Anderson's entire fighting style, it just didn't have the same effect as before and while i do it I think he stayed in the fighting game longer and it affected his place in the goat conversation in his heyday, he was better than every other fighter in his heyday, that's why I would give his mma career a 9.5 out of 10 he brought the style to wrestling that changed the sport forever it takes a lot of skill to show your dominance and also put on the show on the biggest stage but for anderson the spider silva that was normal my name is keon and this is my opinion about ande rson with spider silva do you agree disagree or do you have anything else to add?
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