Anderson Silva is BACK!
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been down on his luck lately. Having been the most dominant champ in UFC history, his career has done a 180. Between 2006-2012, nobody could touch ‘The Spider.’
Since that time he’s lost twice to Chris Weidman, and dropped decisions against Daniel Cormier and Michael Bisping. Only winning against Nick Diaz, Silva saw that fight tiurned to a no-contest when he popped for steroids.
After all this, the Brazilian faces a tough test at this weekend’s UFC 208.
Silva Faces Brunson at UFC 208
Younger and equally as physically imposing, Derek Brunson is no small task for anyone. The 41-year old Silva certainly has his hands full, but it appears he’s been training very hard indeed.
Preparing for the heavy-handed wrestler, Silva has been putting in some gruelling sparring rounds. During this most recent footage, Silva’s sparring partner gets a little over zealous. In response, Silva lands some of his trademark knees and even a reverse elbow uppercut!
Watch as ‘The Spider’ wrecks his sparring partner. Read on after to see Silva’s call out of two huge MMA names.
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Seeing how Silva has been training is interesting in many ways. He appears to still have plenty of energy and motivation, something seldom seen for someone his age in this brutal sport.
Adding to the intrigue surrounding this weekend’s fight, ‘The Spider’ calls out ex-welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and current lightweight kingpin Conor McGregor. As per FOXSports.com:
Four More Years!
“Of course,” Silva told FOX Sports when asked if he would still be interested in fighting St-Pierre. “I think super fight with Georges is great. It’s a big step for this sport because I think superfight with me and Georges St-Pierre or Conor McGregor is good for this sport and for the fans. I think (it would be) the best show for this sport.”
“I think five more years,” Silva said with a laugh when addressing how much time he has left in the sport. “Maybe. My wife and kids would kill me but maybe three or four more years.”
What If Silva Loses?
Unfortunately for MMA fighters, there is a shelf life in this brutal sport. Should ‘The Spider’ lose against Brunson, would it be time for him to retire? After such a legendary career, he has nothing left to prove.
Very few fighters make it past the age of 40 and still win consistently, if at all. That said, if anyone can do it, its Anderson Silva…