Anderson Silva is not only the UFC's most dominant middleweight, but also widely regarded as the greatest mixed martial artist ever. His seven-year reign as the 185-pound champ is the longest in UFC history.
Silva remains undefeated in his UFC tenure and has amassed a cavalcade of promotional records, including most consecutive wins (16), most finishes (14), highest significant strike accuracy (67.8 percent) and most knockdowns landed (17). He is also tied with Joe Lauzon for most post-fight bonuses (12).
Truthfully, there is little left for "The Spider" to do that he hasn't already accomplished. Silva is currently set for a middleweight showdown with No. 1 contender Chris Weidman at UFC 162. There is also the continuing talks of a possible superfight with light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.
While losses in either of those fights may slightly tarnish Silva's sterling image, there have been plenty of moments in The Spider's UFC career that have already cemented him as the best of all time.
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