UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has established a reign of terror over the 185lbs. division that is simply unrivaled. The manner by which he defeats and dominates his opponents makes it hard for newer MMA fans to believe that “The Spider” can and has been defeated in the past.
Silva lost his first MMA outing against Luiz Azeredo, was submitted by Daiju Takase at PRIDE 26 in 2003 and was again submitted with a brilliant flying scissor heel hook in PRIDE by Ryo Chonan. The last loss on his record though, a disqualification to Yushin Okami, is a stat that Silva doesn’t have a problem disagreeing with, as he knocked out “Thunder” with an upkick — an illegal strike in the Rumble on the Rock promotion in which they fought.
Silva recently appeared on HDNet’s Fighting Words with Mike Straka, to whom he discussed his impending rematch with Okami, which is scheduled for UFC: Rio this August.
“I really have no interest in getting revenge against Yushin Okami,” said Silva. “We already fought. He lost. He got knocked out. Let’s move on. But really, I’m in here to fight the best, and if he’s credentialed to fight me, and he’s up there to get a title shot, then he deserves it and we’ve got to do it.”
Check out a video of the full interview below.