MMA Best Fighter: Anderson Silva
Fighting Insider is listing the current UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, in this week's MMA Best Fighter.
Born on April 14, 1975, Anderson Silva is the current UFC middleweight champion with 13 consecutive wins. He holds the longest active winning streak in UFC, and he is the longest reigning champion.
Primarily known for his Muay Thai mastery, The Spider is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. He started his martial arts training at 14, and earned his Tae Kwon Do black belt four year later. He also has a black belt in Judo, and a yellow rope in Capoeira.
Anderson Silva started competing in Brazil as a welterweight. Based on Sherdog, he made his professional debut in 1997 with two wins. In 2000, he suffered his first loss against Luiz Azeredo via split decision. Following that, he went on with nine-fight win streak, with six of those coming via submission or TKO.
Shooto Middleweight Champion
Cage Rage Championships
Last Cage Rage Middleweight Champion
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Current UFC Middleweight Champion
Won Fight of the Night (3 times)
Won Knockout of the Night (3 times)
Won Submission of the Night (2 times)
Unified UFC Middleweight and Pride FC Welterweight Championships
Most consecutive title defenses (Eight)
Most successful title defenses (Eight)
Most consecutive wins in the UFC (Thirteen)
Longest UFC title reign
* Won Sherdog Beatdown of the Year for 2009 win over Forrest Griffin
* Won World MMA Awards Fight of the Year for 2010 win over Chael Sonnen