Anderson Silva is a rare breed of fighter. So rare, in fact, that there may not be another like him.
He is an unorthodox, but expert, muay-thai striker who holds a yellow rope in Capoeira and black belts in Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Tae Kwon Do.
At 35-years-old, the polarizing Brazilian finds himself at the top of his sport. He owns a professional record of 28-4 with 16 victories coming by way of knockout.
Silva is the current UFC middleweight champion and he has held his title for a longer period than any other champion in the promotion's history.
He has also soundly defeated two contenders in the UFC's Light Heavyweight division and could one day fight for that belt as well.
Silva is currently listed as the number one pound for pound fighter in the world by Yahoo. Sherdog.com has him second.
What follows are 10 reasons why Anderson "Spider" Silva is the reigning king of MMA.