Written By: CR Hess
At 6’2, 184 pounds, Anderson “The Spider” Silva is without a doubt the most successful mixed martial artist to date. From his debut in the UFC in June of 2006 against hard hitting knockout artist Chris Leben, to top Japanese contender Yushin Okami in 2011, Silva has carried the weight of everyone’s expectations from the start.
“The question is, how much is too much? In a game where your star can go out at any moment, when does one call it quits. One day, your the pound for pound best on the planet, the next, your sitting in the back of a line full of hungry competitors that have longed for the day you relinquish your death grip on their hopes and dreams. When no one can take from you what you have, how long until YOU end up becoming the one who digs your own grave?”
With Age Comes Experience
That sounds profound and all, but we aren’t exactly writing a manifesto of our lives here. As the Middleweight Champion Silva progresses in his career, age most definitely will become more and more of a factor. Up until now, nobody has been able to escape the complex web that has been woven by the Spider. Should he give that a chance to change? This next reference may be a bit out of place, but what the heck, it still applies to the context of what I am saying, but look at Brett Farve. Someone who accomplished so much in the world of the NFL, and then in true mythological form, the titan did fall.
You can love or hate whichever athlete you want, and no one should be able to tell you any different, but at a certain point, we have to let go. In a world where mixed martial arts is now getting the proper respect and publication it deserves, It is in dire need to have a huge part of history go out on top.
Pound for pound, best of the best, all of these things don’t need to be proven with super fights and weight division changes. It is defined be accepting any fight that a company like the UFC puts in front of you, and walking away from the fight with the gold (championship belt) you came in with. It’s being put on your back for 23 minutes and pulling off the unbelievable as everyone rubs their eyes and says, “DID YOU SEE THAT?”
Its taking down Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, putting James “The Sandman” Irvin to sleep, and telling Yushin “Thunder” Okami that its just not going to rain today. Why push to the limit what has already been there and back?
I’m the “Wild Child” CR Hess, thanks for reading!!!
Interesting Facts About Silva:
- Silva worked at McDonald’s before becoming the Middleweight UFC Champion
- Started Martial Arts at the age of 14 with the traditional martial arts Taekwondo.
- Favorite Superhero is Spiderman hence the nickname Spider.
- Wrote a book in 2011 called MMA Instruction Manual: The Muay Thai Clinch, Takedowns, Takedown Defense, and Ground Fighting
You can also follow The MMA Zone on Twitter here.