A Brief History
Tonight, January 31, 2015, marks the return of Anderson “the Spider” Silva, the greatest mixed-martial artist of any weight class!
Unfortunately, his career almost came to a dramatic end in December 2013 when he fractured his leg in absolutely gruesome fashion.
After a year of recovery, Silva competes once again tonight at UFC 183 against former Strikeforce and World Extreme Cage Fighting welterweight champion Nick Diaz. Should Silva have a successful return, he may once again challenge for the middleweight championship.
On a bizarre note, while Silva is known for various charitable endeavors and for having a career not marred by failed drug tests (see our article on Jon Jones, for example), that does not mean he has not received some unusual challenges from would-be opponents purportedly for charity! Among the most shocking include ones by rapper Kanye West as well as by football player Chad Ochocinco. Question for students (and subscribers): Whether or not Silva defeats Diaz tonight, should his next fight be for the UFC middleweight championship or should he instead test his might against Ochocinco or West? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
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For more information, please see…
Gerbasi, Thomas. UFC: A Visual History. DK, 2015.