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Anderson Silva
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BornAnderson da Silva[1]
(1975-04-14) April 14, 1975 (age 43)
São Paulo, Brazil[2]
Other namesThe Spider[3]
ResidenceLos Angeles, California[4]
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[5]
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach77 12 in (197 cm)
StyleMuay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo
Fighting out ofCuritiba, Brazil
TeamChute Boxe Academy
Muay Thai Dream Team
Black House
Team Nogueira
TrainerBoxing: Josuel Distak and Luiz Dorea
Jiu-Jitsu: Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Sylvio Behring and Ramon Lemos
Wrestling: Mark Munoz
Muay Thai: Pedro Rizzo
RankBlack prajied in Muay Thai[6]
3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[7]
5th dan black belt in Taekwondo[8]
Yellow rope in Capoeira[9]
Years active1997 – present
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout20
By submission6
By decision8
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision3
By disqualification1
No contests1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Anderson da Silva[1] (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐ̃deʁsõ ˈsiwvɐ]; born April 14, 1975) is a Brazilian professonal mixed martial artist currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and had the longest title reign in UFC history at 2,457 days. This started in 2006 and ended in 2013 and included a UFC record 16 consecutive victories in that span.[10][11] UFC president Dana White and UFC commentator Joe Rogan are amongst numerous mixed martial arts (MMA) pundits who have at one point named Silva the greatest professional mixed martial artist of all-time.[12][13][14][15][16][17]


Silva was born on April 14, 1975, in São Paolo, Brazil.[18] The son of a poverty-stricken family, Silva spent the majority of his childhood in Curitiba with his aunt and uncle, who was an officer with the Curitiba police force.[19] Silva's first foray in martial arts began as a child training jiu-jitsu with neighborhood kids. As a teen, Silva began training in taekwondo, capoeira and muay thai.[19]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career (1997–2002)

Silva initially fought in his native Brazil in the welterweight category. Silva made his professional debut in 1997 with a pair of wins.[3] Silva recorded his first loss in 2000 to Luiz Azeredo by decision. After that fight, he went on a nine-fight winning streak, winning six of those fights by either submission or TKO.[3] After winning his first match in Japan, he was put up against Shooto champion Hayato Sakurai on August 26, 2001. Silva beat Sakurai by unanimous decision after three rounds and became the new Shooto Middleweight Champion (at 167 lb) and the first man to defeat Sakurai, who was undefeated in his first 20 fights.[3]

Pride Fighting Championships and Cage Rage (2002–2006)

In 2002, Silva began fighting in Pride. In his first fight with the promotion, he stopped Alex Stiebling with a cut resulting from a high kick. In his next match, he won via decision against the "Diet Butcher" Alexander Otsuka. At Pride 25, Silva faced former UFC welterweight champion Carlos Newton. Newton tried to shoot in on Silva, but was hit with a flying knee. Newton collapsed and Silva finished the fight with strikes, winning by technical knockout.[3]

At Pride 26, Silva faced Daiju Takase. Takase, with a record of four wins and seven losses, was the underdog. However Silva was dominated on the ground for almost the entire fight before being submitted by Takase when caught in a triangle choke late in the first round.[20] After his loss to Takase, Silva became demotivated and thought about quitting MMA, but was convinced to keep on fighting by Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. Silva then left Chute Boxe, joined Nogueira in Brazilian Top Team and started to fight in other promotions around the world.[21] On June 27, 2004, Silva fought Jeremy Horn and earned a decision victory.

Three months later, Silva made his debut in the Cage Rage promotion in England. At Cage Rage 8 Silva fought and defeated noted striker Lee Murray by decision.[3] That year, Silva returned to Pride FC on December 31 to face Ryo Chonan. Silva was in control with a take down and body triangle in the first round. Chonan was able to counter Silva's knees from the clinch, with knees, and takedowns. Chonan was perceived by some to be winning up until the finish. During the third round, Bas Rutten, commentating alongside Mauro Ranallo, stated that he believed Anderson must obtain a knockout or strong finish or he would lose the fight. Despite being the underdog, Chonan ended the fight in the third round with a rare flying scissor heel hook, forcing Silva to submit.[3] After the loss to Chonan he was cut by Pride, Silva continued fighting in the Cage Rage promotion, as well as other promotions around the world. Silva defended his Cage Rage title against Curtis Stout.

Although he was slated to fight Matt Lindland at Cage Rage 16, Lindland's decision to fight Mike Van Arsdale at Raze Fight Night put an end to the highly anticipated match up. Instead, Silva defended his championship against Tony Fryklund, winning the fight with a reverse elbow, knocking out Fryklund early in the first round.[22]

Silva competed in Hawaii's Rumble on the Rock promotion, where he fought Yushin Okami in the first round of the 175 lb tournament. Though labeled as a favorite to win the tournament,[23] Silva was eliminated from the tournament when he kicked Okami in the face from the guard position. Okami's knees were on the ground at the time, making the attack an illegal strike to the head of a downed opponent. Silva later said that the rule had not been properly explained to him before the bout. "When I fought Okami the rules really weren't explained to me properly in the event I was fighting in," said Silva. "You could kick a downed opponent to the groin or to the head when your back's on the ground. So the rules weren’t explained to me properly."[24] While Okami was given the opportunity to recover and continue fighting, Okami opted for the disqualification win. Silva responded by saying he "felt it was a cheap, cowardly way of winning," and that "people that were there saw that he was in the condition to come back and keep fighting, and he didn't."[25]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (2006–present)

Debut and middleweight championship

Although speculation ran rampant about where Silva would sign next, the UFC announced in late April 2006 that they had signed him to a multi-fight contract. It was not long before the UFC started promoting Silva, releasing an interview segment almost immediately after announcing his arrival.[26]

Silva made his debut at Ultimate Fight Night 5 on June 28, 2006. His opponent was The Ultimate Fighter 1 contestant Chris Leben who had gone undefeated in the UFC with five consecutive victories. Leben, confident of victory, had predicted he would KO Silva in a pre-fight interview. A relatively unknown fighter in the United States, Silva made an emphatic debut when he knocked out Leben with a flurry of pinpoint strikes, followed by a final knee strike at 49 seconds into the first round. Silva's striking accuracy was 85%.

In response to the victory, the UFC tallied a poll on their main page, asking viewers to select Silva's next opponent. The majority of voters selected the UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin. Silva fought Franklin at UFC 64 on October 14, 2006, and defeated him by TKO (strikes) at 2:59 in the first round. Silva hit Franklin with knees to the body from the Muay Thai-clinch, then badly broke Franklin's nose with a knee to the face.[27] Unable to strike back, Franklin dodged the last of Silva's strikes before falling to the ground, where referee "Big" John McCarthy ended the fight. Silva was crowned the new UFC Middleweight Champion, becoming the second man to defeat Franklin, after Black House-teammate Lyoto Machida.

Record-setting championship reign

Silva in 2007

On February 3, 2007, at UFC 67, Silva was scheduled to fight The Ultimate Fighter 4 winner Travis Lutter in what would be his first title defense since defeating Rich Franklin in October 2006. However, Lutter failed to make the 185 pounds (84 kg) weight limit and the match was changed to a non-title bout.[28] Many felt that Lutter's best chance to win was to take the fight to the ground, with Lutter being an accomplished Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt. Silva won via submission with a combination of a triangle choke and elbow strikes in the second round.

In his next fight at UFC 73 on July 7, 2007, Silva successfully defended his title against Nate Marquardt, winning by TKO at 4:50 in the first round. Three months later, on October 20, 2007, at UFC 77, Silva fought a title defense rematch against Rich Franklin, in Franklin's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, at the U.S. Bank Arena.[29] Silva defended his belt by defeating Franklin via TKO in the 2nd round. On March 1, 2008, at UFC 82 Silva fought Pride Middleweight champion Dan Henderson, in a title unification bout (UFC and Pride titles on the line). Henderson was believed to have the edge on the ground, having competed in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling. Silva defended his title by defeating Henderson via rear naked choke in the 2nd round. At UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19, 2008, Silva made his debut at Light Heavyweight (205 lb (93 kg)) in a bout against James Irvin. Silva won via KO due to strikes in 1:01 of the first round after catching Irvin's attempted leg kick with his left arm and delivering a straight right that dropped Irvin to the mat, Silva then finished a prone Irvin with a blitz of punches to the head.[30][31][32][33] Irvin later tested positive for methadone and oxymorphone.[34]

Silva's next fight was on October 25, 2008, at UFC 90 in Rosemont, Illinois, Silva defended his Middleweight title against Patrick Côté. In the third round, Côté landed awkwardly on his right leg while throwing a kick and fell to the mat grasping his right knee in pain. Referee Herb Dean declared the fight over when Côté could not continue, ruling the bout a TKO victory for Silva. Côté, however, became the first of Silva's UFC opponents to make it past the 2nd round. After his fight with Côté, Silva was criticized for seemingly avoiding contact during the bout.[35][36] Dana White criticized Silva, saying: "I didn't understand Silva's tactics... It wasn't the Anderson Silva I've been watching the last two years."[37] Silva said in the post-fight news conference:[38]

"There are many people saying I was disrespecting Côté, but this is absolutely not true. My game plan since the beginning was fight five rounds, inducing him to commit mistakes and capitalize on that during the first three rounds and look for the knockout during the fourth and fifth rounds. It was working, and the biggest proof of that is that I almost didn’t waste any blows. I connected with a couple of good punches and knees, but unfortunately he got hurt and the fight was over. This is not my fault."

On April 18, 2009, at UFC 97 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Silva defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt Thales Leites by unanimous decision, and recorded his UFC record 9th consecutive win in the octagon. Leites is credited with being the first man in UFC history to take Silva through 5 rounds to a judges' decision. The crowd repeatedly booed his lackluster performance, bored expression, and frustrated attempts to goad his opponent into fighting, and in the 4th and 5th rounds took to dancing, lowering his guard and slapping his opponent without retaliation. Following the fight, Dana White has stated that he was "embarrassed" by Silva's performance, but still said that he believes him to be "the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world".[39]

At UFC 101 which took place on August 8, 2009, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Silva again fought at 205 pounds against former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin. Griffin was knocked down three times in the first round. The bout earned Silva Beatdown of the Year honors from Sherdog. The bout shared those honors with the second bout between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir.[40] Both fighters were awarded $60,000 as Fight of the Night bonuses and Silva received $60,000 in bonus money for Knockout of the Night.

After defeating Griffin, a Yahoo! Sports reporter allegedly claimed that Silva's manager, Ed Soares, had confirmed that Silva would abandon his Middleweight belt to fight at Light Heavyweight.[41] However, Soares and a UFC spokesperson confirmed that a conversation agreeing Silva would permanently move up to Light Heavyweight never took place. Silva did not relinquish his title to fight exclusively at Light Heavyweight. Soares stated his attorney plans to speak to Yahoo! Sports about the matter.[42]

Silva was expected to defend the UFC Middleweight Championship against Vitor Belfort on January 2, 2010, at UFC 108. However, Ed Soares announced that the bout would not take place as Silva would not be fully recovered from surgery.[43] Silva was then set to face Belfort on February 6, 2010, at UFC 109.[44] The fight, however, was dependent on Silva's healing, which he described as "not going as planned."[45] The fight was canceled because of Silva's slow recovery.[46] Silva was once again scheduled to face Belfort on April 10, 2012, at UFC 112.[47] The fight was later canceled again due to an injury to Belfort.[48] Demian Maia was selected to fill the spot and take on Silva for the belt.

In the first two rounds fighting Maia, Silva appeared to mock his opponent while employing quick, precise striking. In the third round, however, Silva's tempo seemed to change. He looked to Maia to be the aggressor while he largely circled and taunted his opponent. In the fifth round, Silva's lack of action prompted referee Dan Miragliotta to warn Silva for his conduct. The crowd began to side with Maia, who was the only fighter attempting to engage.[49] After 5 rounds, Silva was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Silva was widely criticized for his performance. Dana White said it was the most embarrassed he had ever been since becoming UFC president.[50] Midway through the fourth round, White walked away from the fight and gave the championship belt to Silva's manager, Ed Soares. White was so annoyed that he declined to personally place the belt around Silva's waist, claiming it was the first time he had done so after a title match.[51] It was also claimed that Silva verbally taunted Maia, saying, "Come on, hit me in the face, playboy."[52] In the immediate post-fight interview, Silva apologized and said that he wasn't himself and that he would need to go back and reevaluate the humility that got him to where he is. In the post-fight interview, Silva made multiple references about how Demian insulted him before the bout. However, the pre-fight banter was seen by many as not out of the ordinary.

On August 7, 2010, Silva faced Chael Sonnen for the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 117. In the first round, Sonnen stunned Silva with a punch before taking him down and dominating from the top position, landing multiple blows. The following three rounds played out in a similar fashion, going to the ground early with Sonnen dominating from inside Silva's guard. In the fifth round, Silva slipped after being tagged by Sonnen's left hook and the challenger took advantage by once again establishing a top position and delivering strikes to Silva. With about two minutes left in the round, Silva was able to lock up a triangle armbar on Sonnen, forcing Sonnen to submit at 3:10 of Round 5.

Silva was hit more in the fight than in his entire UFC career up till that point. According to CompuStrike, in his first 11 UFC fights, Silva was hit 208 times. Sonnen hit him a total of 289 times.[53] After the bout it was revealed that Sonnen would have won a judges' decision. All three judges had Sonnen marked as the winner of all four rounds, judges Nelson Hamilton and Dan Stell had Sonnen taking Round 1 10–8, as well as Hamilton awarding the challenger another 10–8 total in Round 3.[54] Silva later claimed to have gone into the fight with a cracked rib and that a doctor advised him not to fight. Dana White announced that Sonnen would get a rematch upon Silva return.

Following the fight the California State Athletic Commission confirmed that Chael Sonnen tested positive for synthetic testosterone, with his test having revealed a high testosterone to epitestosterone ratio, indicative of testosterone replacement therapy.[55][56][57][58] The promised rematch was revoked after the issue with his testosterone ratio came to light, however, after Sonnen came back and won two straight fights, Dana White scheduled the rematch.

Silva faced Vitor Belfort on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126.[59] Belfort was expected to face Yushin Okami on November 13, 2010, at UFC 122, but was replaced by Nate Marquardt.[60] After a "feeling out" period of about two and a half minutes in the first round, Silva and Belfort started to trade strikes. Silva landed a front kick to Belfort's jaw and followed up with punches to the grounded challenger. Referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight at 3:25 into the first round.[61] With the win Silva handed Belfort his first KO loss in 28 career fights and extended his record streak of title defenses to eight. Silva then faced Yushin Okami on August 27, 2011, at UFC 134. He defeated the Japanese middleweight by TKO at 2:04 of round 2, displaying skilled head movement and accurate striking. His record then went to 31–4, avenging his DQ loss to Okami back in 2006.

A rematch with Chael Sonnen was to take place on June 23, 2012, at UFC 147,[62] but the bout was moved back to July 7, 2012, at UFC 148, while the expected co-feature of the Brazilian event, a rematch between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva would headline the event. The change was due to a scheduling conflict with the UN Conference Rio+20, which occurred during the same time frame as UFC 147.[63] At UFC 148, after again being dominated throughout the first round, Silva stopped Sonnen in the second with a TKO.[64]

He became the first to stop Stephan Bonnar via strikes in the 1st round of a light heavyweight bout on October 13, 2012, at UFC 153.[65]

Title loss and injury

Silva faced Chris Weidman on July 6, 2013, at UFC 162. Despite being the heavy favorite,[66] he lost by KO in the second round after show boating,[67] ending his streak of the longest title reign in UFC history.[68][69]

A rematch was held at UFC 168 on December 28. Weidman dominated the first round;[70] it was reported that Silva may have also cracked his shin bone against Weidman during the first leg check.[71][72] In the second round Weidman checked one of Silva's leg kicks again, breaking Silva's left fibula and tibia and ending the fight via TKO.[73][74] Immediately after the fight, Silva had orthopedic surgery to stabilize his tibia with an intramedullary rod; his fibula was reset and was not expected to require further surgery. A UFC statement called the surgery "successful" and said those with similar injuries generally take three to six months to recover.

Post-championship reign

Despite calls for Silva to retire from MMA,[75] it was confirmed on July 29, 2014, that Silva would return to the organization. Before UFC 179, Silva and the UFC agreed on a new, 15-fight contract that replaced their previous deal which had eight fights remaining.[76]

On October 29, 2014, it was announced that Silva would coach opposite Maurício Rua for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4, which began filming in early 2015. Despite being coaches on the show, the two fighters will not face each other at the end of the season.[77] Silva's continued participation was briefly in doubt during the filming after the announcement of his failed drug test. Initially, Dana White announced that Silva would remain on the show as a coach.[78] Subsequently, Silva was pulled as one of the coaches and was replaced by Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.[79]

In his first fight post-injury, Silva faced Nick Diaz in the main event of UFC 183 on January 31, 2015.[80] He won the fight via unanimous decision. In the days after the fight, it was revealed that Silva tested positive for Drostanolone and Androstane, two anabolic steroids, in pre-fight drug screening on January 9, 2015.[81][82] Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar confirmed that the fight has not yet been overturned and can't be until a motion is passed by a majority of the commission. Any penalties, suspensions or changes to the outcome of the fight have to be presented as a motion and then voted on by the commission to enact the order.[83] On February 11, 2015, it was reported that Silva tested positive for an additional unknown illegal substance in a separate test that was related to UFC 183.[84] On February 17, 2015, NSAC executive director Bob Bennett confirmed to that Silva failed his postfight urine test and that Silva had tested positive for the steroid Drostanolone—the same banned substance he tested positive for during an out-of-competition test taken on January 9, 2015. Silva also tested positive for the anti-anxiety medication Oxazepam and Temazepam, which is used to treat sleep deprivation.[85]

On August 13, after several reschedules, the disciplinary hearing was held to decide on the subject. Silva's defense argued that a tainted sexual enhancement drug that a friend had given to Silva after a trip to Thailand was the root of the two failed tests for drostanolone and also appealed to mistakes in the NSAC testing procedures, pointing to a pair of drug tests, one on January 19 and one after the fight, which Silva passed. He admitted to using both benzodiazepines the night prior to the fight as therapy to control stress and help him sleep. Silva's team was unable to explain the presence of androsterone in the January 9 test. The commission rejected the defense and suspended him for one year retroactive to the date of the fight, as the current guidelines were not in effect at the time of the failed tests. He was also fined his full win bonus, as well as 30% of his show money, totaling $380,000. His victory was overturned to a no contest.[86][87][88]

In his first fight after his PED suspension was lifted, Silva faced Michael Bisping on February 27, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 84.[89] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. However, the fight was not without controversy as at the end of round three Silva dropped Bisping with a flying knee while Bisping was signaling to referee Herb Dean that he lost his mouthpiece. Silva believed he had won the bout and continued to celebrate as referee Herb Dean said the fight was not over, and it continued for another two rounds to the decision.[90] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[91]

Silva was expected to face Uriah Hall on May 14, 2016, at UFC 198.[92] However, Silva pulled out of the bout on May 10 after requiring a surgery to remove his gallbladder. As a result, Hall did not compete at the event.[93]

Silva was a short notice replacement to face current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in a non-title bout on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200.[94] Silva lost the fight via unanimous decision.[95]

Silva faced Derek Brunson on February 11, 2017, at UFC 208.[96] He was awarded a unanimous decision victory.[97] 19 of 23 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Brunson.[98]

Silva was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on June 3, 2017, at UFC 212. However, Gastelum was pulled from the match-up after testing positive for marijuana.[99] In turn, despite having two months to secure an opponent, Silva and promotion officials confirmed on May 11 that he would not compete at that event.[100][101]

The bout with Gastelum was rescheduled and was expected to take place on November 25, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 122.[102] However it was announced on November 10, 2017 that Silva would be pulled from the bout due to failing USADA drug test on October 26.[103][104] In July 2018, USADA announced that Silva had been exonerated from the failed test after finding contaminated supplements and received a one-year suspension from USADA dating back to November 2017 and would be free to resume fighting in November 2018.[105][106]

Fighting style

Well-versed in Muay Thai, boxing and taekwondo, Silva is primarily a stand-up fighter. Owner of numerous UFC offensive striking records, Silva is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of MMA and many consider him the best.[107][108][109][110][111][112][113][114] A main attribute of Silva was also his striking defense. In the UFC, he had a penchant for dodging opponent's strike attempts after taunting them and having his guard down.[115] Most pundits would say Silva's least proficient discipline is his wrestling. His toughest fights in the UFC came against those with extensive wrestling backgrounds.


A friend of Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo, in 2011 Silva became the first client to be marketed by 9INE, a sports marketing company co-owned by Ronaldo.[116][117] Since August 2011, Anderson has been sponsored by Corinthians, his favorite football club.[118] He is also sponsored by fast food chain Burger King.[119] Previously he had also sponsorship deal with sportswear and equipment supplier Nike, which ended in late 2014 due to Nike's self removal from the UFC.[76]

Personal life

Silva has three sons and two daughters with his wife, Dayane.[120][121][122][123]

Before he began his career as a professional fighter, Silva worked at McDonald's, and also as a file clerk. He considers Spider-Man, Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali and his mother as biggest of his personal heroes, and has a stated love of comic books and comic book heroes.[5]

Silva has said on numerous occasions that he believes long-time friend and former UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn to be the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the history of the sport.[124][125][126][127]

Silva has also expressed interest in competing in the sport of taekwondo and boxing.[128] He floated around the idea of him competing at the Olympics in taekwondo and fighting Roy Jones Jr in a boxing match.[129][130]


Television and film

Year Title Role
2009 Never Surrender Spider
2009 Hell's Chain King Anaconda
2011 Like Water Himself
2013 Til Death Do Us Part 2 Andrew Silver
2013 Worms Hairy (voice)
2014 Tapped Out Anderson
2014 Monday Nights at Seven Mateus
2017 Ultimate Beastmaster Himself/host

Video games

Year Title Notes
2009 UFC 2009 Undisputed
2010 UFC Undisputed 2010
2012 UFC Undisputed 3 Cover athlete
2014 EA Sports UFC
2016 EA Sports UFC 2
2018 EA Sports UFC 3

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 34–8 (1) Derek Brunson Decision (unanimous) UFC 208 February 11, 2017 3 5:00 Brooklyn, New York, United States
Loss 33–8 (1) Daniel Cormier Decision (unanimous) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Loss 33–7 (1) Michael Bisping Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping February 27, 2016 5 5:00 London, England Fight of the Night.
NC 33–6 (1) Nick Diaz NC (overturned) UFC 183 January 31, 2015 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally a unanimous decision win for Silva; overturned after he tested positive for drostanolone and androsterone. Diaz also tested positive for marijuana metabolites.[81][82]
Loss 33–6 Chris Weidman TKO (leg injury) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 2 1:16 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Loss 33–5 Chris Weidman KO (punches) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 2 1:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 33–4 Stephan Bonnar TKO (knee to the body and punches) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 1 4:40 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Light Heavyweight bout. Extended UFC record for most consecutive wins (16). Bonnar tested positive for a boldenone metabolite.[142]
Win 32–4 Chael Sonnen TKO (knee to the body and punches) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 2 1:55 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Extended record for most consecutive title defenses (10). Knockout of the Night.
Win 31–4 Yushin Okami TKO (punches) UFC 134 August 27, 2011 2 2:04 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 30–4 Vitor Belfort KO (front kick and punches) UFC 126 February 5, 2011 1 3:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.
Win 29–4 Chael Sonnen Submission (triangle armbar) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 5 3:10 Oakland, California, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Submission of the Night. Fight of the Night. Sonnen tested positive for elevated testosterone levels.[57]
Win 28–4 Demian Maia Decision (unanimous) UFC 112 April 10, 2010 5 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Broke record for most consecutive title defenses (6).
Win 27–4 Forrest Griffin KO (punch) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 1 3:23 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Light Heavyweight bout. Knockout of the Night. Fight of the Night. Griffin tested positive for illegal substances.
Win 26–4 Thales Leites Decision (unanimous) UFC 97 April 18, 2009 5 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Broke the UFC record for most consecutive wins (9).
Win 25–4 Patrick Côté TKO (knee injury) UFC 90 October 25, 2008 3 0:39 Rosemont, Illinois, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 24–4 James Irvin KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin July 19, 2008 1 1:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight bout. Irvin tested positive for methadone and oxymorphone.[34]
Win 23–4 Dan Henderson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 82 March 1, 2008 2 4:50 Columbus, Ohio, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship and unified the Pride Welterweight Championship. Submission of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 22–4 Rich Franklin TKO (knees) UFC 77 October 20, 2007 2 1:07 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.
Win 21–4 Nate Marquardt TKO (punches) UFC 73 July 7, 2007 1 4:50 Sacramento, California, United States Defended the UFC Middleweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.
Win 20–4 Travis Lutter Submission (triangle choke with elbows) UFC 67 February 3, 2007 2 2:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Non-title bout; Lutter missed weight (187 lbs).
Win 19–4 Rich Franklin KO (knee) UFC 64 October 14, 2006 1 2:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the UFC Middleweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.
Win 18–4 Chris Leben KO (knee) UFC Fight Night 5 June 28, 2006 1 0:49 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States UFC Middleweight title eliminator. Knockout of the Night.
Win 17–4 Tony Fryklund KO (reverse elbow) Cage Rage 16 April 22, 2006 1 2:02 London, England Defended the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship.
Loss 16–4 Yushin Okami DQ (illegal kick) Rumble on the Rock 8 January 20, 2006 1 2:33 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Welterweight Tournament Opening Round. Silva was disqualified for delivering a kick to an opponent who had his knees on the ground.
Win 16–3 Curtis Stout KO (punches) Cage Rage 14 December 3, 2005 1 4:59 London, England Defended the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship.
Win 15–3 Jorge Rivera TKO (knees and punches) Cage Rage 11 April 30, 2005 2 3:53 London, England Defended the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship.
Loss 14–3 Ryo Chonan Submission (flying scissor heel hook) Pride Shockwave 2004 December 31, 2004 3 3:08 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–2 Lee Murray Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 8 September 11, 2004 3 5:00 London, England Won the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship.
Win 13–2 Jeremy Horn Decision (unanimous) Gladiator 2 June 27, 2004 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Win 12–2 Waldir dos Anjos TKO (corner stoppage) Conquista Fight 1 December 20, 2003 1 5:00 Vitória da Conquista, Brazil
Loss 11–2 Daiju Takase Submission (triangle choke) Pride 26 June 8, 2003 1 8:33 Yokohama, Japan
Win 11–1 Carlos Newton KO (flying knee and punches) Pride 25 March 16, 2003 1 6:27 Yokohama, Japan
Win 10–1 Alexander Otsuka Decision (unanimous) Pride 22 September 29, 2002 3 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 9–1 Alex Stiebling TKO (doctor stoppage) Pride 21 June 23, 2002 1 1:23 Saitama, Japan
Win 8–1 Roan Carneiro Submission (punches) Mecca 6 January 31, 2002 1 5:32 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 7–1 Hayato Sakurai Decision (unanimous) Shooto 7 August 26, 2001 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan Won the Shooto Middleweight (168 lbs) Championship.
Win 6–1 Israel Albuquerque Submission (punches) Mecca 5 June 9, 2001 1 6:17 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 5–1 Tetsuji Kato Decision (unanimous) Shooto 2 March 2, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–1 Claudionor Fontinelle TKO (punches and knees) Mecca 4 December 16, 2000 1 4:35 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 3–1 Jose Barreto TKO (head kick and punches) Mecca 2 August 12, 2000 1 1:06 Curitiba, Brazil
Loss 2–1 Luiz Azeredo Decision (unanimous) Mecca 1 May 27, 2000 2 10:00 Curitiba, Brazil
Win 2–0 Fabrício Camões TKO (retirement) BFC 1 June 25, 1997 1 25:14 Campo Grande, Brazil
Win 1–0 Raimundo Pinheiro Submission (rear-naked choke) BFC 1 June 25, 1997 1 1:53 Campo Grande, Brazil

Professional boxing record

1 Win (1 Knockout), 1 Loss (1 Knockout)
Result Record Opponent Method Round Date Location Notes
Win 1–1 Julio Cesar De Jesus KO 2 (6) 2005-08-05 Ginasio Antonio Balbino, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Loss 0–1 Osmar Luiz Teixeira RTD 2 (6) 1998-05-22 Uniao da Vitoria, Parana, Brazil

Pay-per-view bouts

(main event and co main event)

Date Fight Billing Buys
October 14, 2006 Rich Franklin vs. Anderson Silva UFC 64 300,000
February 3, 2007 Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter UFC 67 350,000
July 7, 2007 Anderson Silva vs. Nate Marquardt UFC 73 425,000
October 20, 2007 Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin UFC 77 325,000
March 1, 2008 Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson UFC 82 325,000
October 25, 2008 Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Côté UFC 90 300,000
April 18, 2009 Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites UFC 97 650,000
August 8, 2009 Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin (co) UFC 101 850,000
April 10, 2010 Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia UFC 112 500,000
August 7, 2010 Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen UFC 117 600,000
February 5, 2011 Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort UFC 126 725,000
August 27, 2011 Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami UFC 134 335,000
July 7, 2012 Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen UFC 148 925,000
October 13, 2012 Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar UFC 153 410,000
July 6, 2013 Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman UFC 162 550,000
December 28, 2013 Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva UFC 168 1,025,000
January 31, 2015 Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz UFC 183 650,000
February 11, 2017 Anderson Silva vs. Derek Brunson (co) UFC 208 200,000

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Preceded by
Rich Franklin
5th UFC Middleweight Champion
October 14, 2006 – July 6, 2013
Succeeded by
Chris Weidman
Preceded by
Dan Henderson
2nd Pride FC Welterweight Champion
March 1, 2008
Title Unified with UFC Middleweight Championship
Title last held by
Paul Jenkins
2nd Cage Rage Middleweight Champion
September 11, 2004 – October 20, 2008
Parent promotion EliteXC folded