Anderson Silva, the soft spoken son of a police officer and father of four, made his professional fighting debut more than seven years ago, at the fi rst big Vale Tudo event of
Although he made a valiant effort against the skilled Luiz Azeredo, Silva lost the fight by decision. His lack of grappling skills cost him the victory against the BJJ black belt. Silva came back with an amazing streak of nine consecutive wins, mostly by KO on the way to becoming the Meca World Vale Tudo Middleweight Champion.
Silva’s international career started with an impressive victory against the fierce Japanese fighter Hayato Sakurai. Sakurai, undefeated until his bout with Silva, lost not only the fight, but afforded Silva his first international “Shooto” title. Silva, like most great fighters, has had bad times as well. One includes losing by submission for the first time to Japanese underdog Daiju Takase at PRIDE 26.
Afterwards, self-proclaimed experts said that Silva was overrated, and that his weaknesses in ground fighting would not allow him to go to the top. Those predictions were a bit off, to say the least. Silva’s record stands presently at 19-4.
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