He's a legend. He's a true phenom, light years beyond his peers.
By acclamation, Silva is the greatest mixed martial artist to ever grace a ring or a cage. To root for him is to root for the sport of MMA itself.
But what does it really mean for the sport if "The Spider" continues his streak? Does Silva's success really affect mixed martial arts more than anyone else?
Once he faces Stephan Bonnar, why should you cheer him on?
It's actually quite simple. From superfights to the true meaning of greatness, let's break down five important reasons why any MMA fan should root for Silva.