During a in-cage interview with Joe Rogan immediately following his devastating knockout of James Irvin, Anderson Silva stated through his translator that he is a muay thai fighter who has been training in that discipline since he was a kid, and if you stand up and exchange muay thai with him, “this is what happens.”
It was a chilling statement that served to bolster what most already knew; Anderson Silva’s striking exists on a higher level than any other MMA fighter in the sport at any time, past or present.
Anderson Silva is introduced in The Octagon as a muay thai fighter. This is a rarity nowadays among the heaps of wrestlers and Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialists who have flooded the sport.
This is a man who left Brazil’s famed Chute Boxe Academy in 2003 to form the Muay Thai Dream Team, a move that only makes sense for someone who is already one of the sport’s premiere strikers.
From his laser-like precision punches and kicks, to his phenomenal footwork and seemingly impenetrable standup defense, Anderson Silva is MMA’s top dog.