“The Spider” Anderson Silva is set to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, and members of the MMA community have been showering him with praise. The announcement of Silva’s induction into the Pioneer Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame was made during the broadcast of UFC 286.
— bjpenndotcom (@bjpenndotcom) March 18, 2023
“My favorite fighter! Congrats @SpiderAnderson,” said Bj Penn through his official website.
While many agree that Silva’s induction is well-deserved, it is happening earlier than anticipated. Considering the less-than-ideal circumstances of his departure from the company in late 2020.
Anderson Silva’s remarkable achievements, including his status as the longest-reigning UFC Middleweight Champion in history, have earned him a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame. Many professionals from the MMA community have taken to social media to congratulate Silva on this well-deserved recognition.
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) March 18, 2023
“One of the most beautiful fighters to watch in combat sports history. Pure art. Pure class,” said the former Two-division champion and Olympic gold medalist Henry ‘Triple C’ Cejudo.
For nearly 2,500 days, Anderson Silva held onto the UFC Middleweight Championship. During this time he successfully defended the title 10 times. This historic title reign remains unmatched by most, with the exception of Demetrious Johnson. He holds the record for the most successful title defenses in UFC history with 11.
Anderson Silva: “The Spider” gets what he deserves
During his professional MMA career, Anderson defeated notable fighters. The list includes Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin, Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, Demian Maia, and Chael Sonnen, among others. Additionally, Silva is tied with Thiago Santos and Uriah Hall for the most knockouts in the UFC middleweight division with a total of eight.
— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) March 18, 2023
“Congratulations OG and thank you for sharing your greatness with us!!! Absolutely the GOAT and one of the greatest inspirations in MMA history!!!” were the words of the current UFC light-heavyweight champion Jamahal ‘Sweet Dreams’ Hill.
With a winning streak of 16 fights, Silva holds the record for the longest UFC winning streak. It is worth noting that Jon Jones’ winning streak ended at 13. This was due to a 2017 ‘No Contest’ against Daniel Cormier. Despite being retired from the UFC roster, Silva hasn’t stopped fighting. Recently, he participated in a boxing match against Jake Paul in October 2022.
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