UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has put together what is currently and doubtlessly the most impressive and dominant UFC run in the promotion’s history.
The numbers alone tell the tale: he holds the record for most consecutive title defenses at eight and also for the most consecutive UFC victories at 13, with only two of those bouts going the distance; he won eight of those bouts via knockout or TKO (all in spectacular fashion, excluding Patrick Cote’s knee injury) and three via submission.
So it is that Silva is often saddled with inhuman expectations, something that he recently reminded his fans via video chat (props to FightersOnly.com) is unrealistic.
“Surely I am not unbeatable,” said Silva. “Sometimes, we go through situations that demonstrate it. We train hard to do a good job but at any moment I can lose. What lasts is what we built as a legacy — what we already did will be in history. This thing of ‘unbeatable’ is something too vague.”
“The Spider” even went so far as to warn that he could lose his belt and have his unprecedented streak ended later this Summer when he rematches tough Japanese fighter Yushin Okami.
“Perhaps I’m the next victim,” he said. “The next fight [for me] is scheduled with Okami in August and let’s go there, ‘UFC: Rio.’ There are still so many things I would have to do before I could be called a ‘living legend.'”
UFC: Rio will go down on August 27 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will mark the UFC’s first trip back to the country since holding its one and only event there in 1998.