One of the greatest fighters of all time is about to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, and it will be none other than the legendary Anderson Silva (via MMA junkie). Silva’s introduction was announced at UFC 286, and Silva will be part of the 2023 class that also includes Jose Aldo and Jens Pulver. Silva will be included in the Pioneer Wing because his career started before the Unified Rules of MMA were implemented. The ceremony will take place this summer, but an official date has not yet been announced.
“Anderson Silva is one of the greatest athletes of all time,” UFC President Dana White said in a statement Saturday. Anderson’s 16-fight winning streak in the UFC, 10 successful title defenses, and nearly seven years as a middleweight champion was one of the most remarkable things we’ve ever seen in professional sports. He was an absolute artist within the Octagon, and that will be a honored to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.”
Silva’s UFC record is 17-7 and he competed in the UFC 25 times between 2006 and 2020. His MMA record is 34-11 and in the UFC he holds a host of records. He holds the record for longest win streak at 16, most middleweight wins at 11, most middleweight knockdowns at 13, and most middleweight knockouts at 10, tying for the record.
He also holds the record for the longest reign in the Middleweight Championship, lasting 2,457 days. Silva has faced a bevy of talented fighters along the way, including Channel Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Stephan Bonner and more.
Impressively, Silva would switch to boxing and have a career there as well. Silva recently had a fight against Jake Paul, and while it went all eight rounds and both made it through, Paul got the decision and the win.
We’ll let you know more details about Silva’s Hall of Fame induction as they become available, but let us know how you feel in the comments!
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