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When did Anderson Silva join the UFC?

1 years ago By Sports Desk

Anderson Silva, one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, made his UFC debut on June 28, 2006. Silva, hailing from Brazil, made a lasting impact on the sport during his tenure in the promotion.

Silva’s arrival in the UFC marked a turning point in his career, as he showcased his unparalleled skills and mesmerizing fighting style to a global audience. Widely regarded as one of the most accurate and devastating strikers in the history of MMA, Silva left an indelible mark on the middleweight division.

Making his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 5, Silva faced off against Chris Leben in a bout that lasted just 49 seconds. Silva’s precise striking and fluid movements overwhelmed Leben, resulting in a stunning knockout victory. This spectacular performance was a mere glimpse of what was to come.

Over the next several years, Silva would go on to dominate the middleweight division, defending his title a record-breaking 10 times. His unparalleled striking accuracy, lightning-fast reflexes, and innovative techniques left his opponents in awe and the audience on the edge of their seats.

During his illustrious UFC career, Silva faced off against some of the best fighters in the world, including Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, and Chael Sonnen, to name just a few. Each fight showcased Silva’s remarkable skill set, as he consistently found ways to outclass and outsmart his opponents.

Silva’s reign as the middleweight champion came to an end on July 6, 2013, at UFC 162, when he faced Chris Weidman. Weidman shocked the world by knocking out Silva in the second round, ending his remarkable winning streak and capturing the middleweight title. Despite this setback, Silva’s legacy as one of the greatest fighters in UFC history was already firmly established.

Anderson Silva’s tenure in the UFC spanned over a decade, and his contributions to the sport are immeasurable. His incredible striking ability, precision, and flair for the dramatic made him a fan favorite and an inspiration to aspiring fighters around the world. Silva’s impact on the UFC will forever be remembered, solidifying his place as a true legend of the sport.

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