In 2006, the UFC signed and began to promote former PRIDE fighter Anderson Silva. At Ultimate Fight Night 5, he made his long-awaited debut. Since leaving PRIDE, Silva has rattled off 13 straight wins and put an everlasting mark on the sport of MMA.
5. Silva debuts in the UFC against heavy hitter and TUF season 1 alumni Chris Leben. Leben, who had won his previous five fights in the UFC predicted that he would KO Silva in the first round and send him back to the PRIDE organization in Japan, but what took place was anything but that.
It took Anderson Silva just 49 seconds to pick apart Leben's defense with pinpoint accuracy and a barrage of punches, knees and elbows that would have felled almost any man.
After a win in such spectacular fashion, the UFC would grant Silva a title shot after just one fight in the UFC.