UFC 117: The Tale of Anderson Silva's First 10 Victims Inside the Octagon
Imagine if Deebo from the movie Friday went into MMA. What would he be like? Sure, he would be a bully, striking fear in all that cross his path, but where can we find a fighter that exemplifies the qualities of the mythical Deebo?
The answer lies in one man named Anderson Silva.
Since 2006, "The Spider" has had a total of 11 fights in the Octagon, all of which ended in a victory. In just his second fight in the UFC, he won the Middleweight Championship, a title which he has yet to lose in a a record-breaking six title defenses.
So this Saturday, we pray for Chael Sonnen. For despite all of his trash talk, he'll be just be another victim to Silva's world-class striking.
Until then, lets take a look at his first 10 fights in the Octagon, where he utterly dismembered every poor soul with relative ease.
10. UFC 112—Demian Maia—Decision (Unanimous)
In what should have been a celebration of the UFC breaking ground in Abu Dhabi, it will instead always be remembered as the Anderson Silva dance session. While not entirely entertaining after the first two rounds, due to what could just be chalked up as sheer boredom, Anderson showed us why he's the most feared striker in MMA today with the way he picked Maia apart with relative ease.
9. UFC 101—Forrest Griffin—KO (Punch)
Running off heels of the milestone that was UFC 100, UFC 101: Declaration signified more than a play on words surrounding the company's first show in Philadelphia. The light heavyweight showdown between Forrest Griffin and Anderson Silva was a highly anticipated matchup to see how the middleweight champ would do against a legitimate 205er.
Sadly, Griffin learned what it was like to stand and trade with the Spider. The fight ended with two knockdowns and an almost effortless, Jordan-like fade-away punch that sent Griffin down for a third and final time.
8. UFC 97—Thales Leites—Decision (Unanimous)
How do you fight with someone that won't engage you? Direct your eyes to the picture. Essentially this was the gist of the entire fight.
Leites knew how dangerous Silva was on his feet, so he decided to take the fight to the floor. Anderson would have nothing of it. He wanted to ensure that Leites fought on the Spider's terms, which resulted in a pretty dull matchup.
7. UFC 90—Patrick Cote—TKO (Knee Injury)
Some MMA fans would argue that Cote was making a strong showing against Silva. That is, until his knee realized who it was in the cage with and tried to run away from Cote's body, which resulted in Cote blowing out his knee in Round Three and the referee stopping the match.
6. UFC Fight Night 14—James Irvin—KO (Punches)
In what would be Silva's first fight in the Octagon at light heavyweight, he managed to make short work of Irwin by catching a failed leg kick attempt and following it up with a straight right punch, which ended the night early for "The Sandman."
5. UFC 82—Dan Henderson—Submission (RNC)
This matchup was supposed to unify the Pride and UFC 185 lb. title. With Dan Henderson being the last Pride champion in that weight class, many MMA fans were really excited to see this fight ever since the UFC purchased it's longtime competitor in 2007.
'Hendo' had all the skills that it would have taken to defeat Silva. Between his vicious power punching and world class wrestling skills, it should have really tested "The Spider."
However, that was not the case. Silva was able to use his usually forgotten high level Jiu Jitsu skills to secure the submission once the fight went to the ground.
4. UFC 64 and UFC 77—Rich Franklin—KO (Knees) and TKO (Knees)
Poor Rich Franklin. I really feel for the guy. He wins the Middleweight Championship after working incredibly hard to reach his dreams and, basically a year later, some Brazilian killing machine comes in and decides to cave in "Ace's" face with his knees—not only once, but twice, with the second time in Rich's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
After getting owned like this, Franklin pretty much left the division.
3. UFC 73—Nate Marquardt—TKO (Punches)
Nate "The Great" did not live up to his nickname at UFC 73. He even admitted to being slightly overwhelmed at fighting the champ.
His chances to get a crack at Silva again would be thwarted by the always quotable Chael Sonnen, so we'll have to see if Nate has shown any improvement over the last few years.
2. UFC 67—Travis Lutter—Submission (Elbows)
Imagine you're in a fight and realize that you cannot win standing up. You then decide to go for the ground attack in the hopes of taking your opponent out. In most cases, you might have a chance.
However, if you fight Anderson Silva and use that method, you're getting yourself tapped easily.
1. UFC Fight Night 5—Chris Leben—KO (Knee)
Look at the intensity on Silva's face as he's winding up to destroy what seems to be Chris Leben. This is where we fell in love with Silva's fighting style instantly .
In his first appearance in the Octagon, Silva made very short work of "The Crippler" in devastating fashion.
If on Saturday night, this version of Anderson Silva makes his way to fight Chael Sonnen, we might just see an execution in the Octagon for the first time.