Anderson Silva
The Spider
Tries to turn back the clock
MiddleweightUFC
February 9, 2019
Silva lost to Israel Adesanya via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27. 30-27) at UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne.
ANALYSIS
Silva gave Adesanya a bit of a test, but in the end he dropped the three-round decision. He was more than game and even gave the younger fighter a run for his money in the second round. The performance even earned both men Fight of the Night bonuses. However, Adesanya had the speed advantage and was able to land the better and stronger strikes. Silva has now gone 1-5 in his last six fights and has only won a single fight since 2012.
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Return fight booked
MiddleweightUFC
November 25, 2018
Silva will return to the Octagon to face Israel Adesanya in a middleweight matchup at UFC 234 on Feb. 9, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Silva has been on the sidelines for over a year due to a failed drug test and ensuing USADA suspension, and the UFC is doing the 43-year-old absolutely no favors with this return fight. While a prime Anderson Silva was one of the best strikers in the sport, that torch has long been passed, and many will argue that Adesanya is the recipient. Adesanya is undefeated as a professional, recently picking up a statement win over Derek Brunson by way of first-round TKO. Silva's last fight happened to technically be a win over Brunson as well, but he picked up the victory due to some very favorable judging in a fight where he was out-landed 43-to-54. That matchup aside, his last true victory was over Stephan Bonnar in October of 2012. While Silva will always be a big draw as one of the true legends currently active in the sport, look for "The Spider" to enter as a heavy betting underdog.
Gets reduced suspension from USADA
MiddleweightUFC
July 19, 2018
Silva has received a one-year suspension from USADA after the organization determined that his failed drug test from Oct. 2017 was due to a contaminated supplement, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Silva will be eligible to compete again on Nov. 10 -- one year after the date he was pulled from his scheduled matchup against Kelvin Gastelum in Shanghai due to the positive test. Though Silva has tested positive for PEDs in the past, Wednesday's announcement will at least clear his name for the recent incident. Despite being eligible in the fall, it's unclear what the UFC has in store for the 43-year-old veteran. He's been officially credited with just one win in the past five calendar years, and is well past his days of dominating the UFC's middleweight division. Speculation about an eventual fight with Georges St-Pierre has emerged, but nothing official has been confirmed by either the promotion or his management team.
More details emerge
MiddleweightUFC
February 6, 2018
According to a report from MMAFighting.com, Silva tested positive for the substance methyltestosterone, as well as a diuretic, in his Oct. 26 sample.
ANALYSIS
The positive test forced Silva from a scheduled bout against Kelvin Gastelum last November, and the former champion has been quiet about the situation since. He has since been provisionally suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), who is currently adjudicating the case. Complicating the case is a previously failed drug test in 2015 that occurred prior to a fight with Nick Diaz, and could result in Silva being dealt with as a repeat offender. Silva continues to deny any intentional use of a banned substance, but the question marks surrounding this case may still have an adverse affect on his legacy as one of the greatest UFC fighters of all-time. In any case, don't look for Silva to be booked for a fight in the immediate future. At 42 years old, there's a reasonable chance his fighting days may be over.
Removed from bout against Gastelum
MiddleweightUFC
November 10, 2017
Silva was flagged with a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency policy violation and will not face off against Kelvin Gastelum on November 25 in Shanghai, Mike Bohn of USA TODAY reports.
ANALYSIS
Silva has been provisionally suspended by the USADA, as the UFC will be required to find a replacement for his upcoming bout. This announcement stems from an out-of-collection sample that was collected in late October. Moving forward, the USADA will handle the case, and determine the punishment for Silva.
Will meet Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Shanghai
MiddleweightUFC
August 13, 2017
Silva has agreed to face Kelvin Gastelum in a middleweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 122 on November 25 in Shanghai, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Silva holds the record for longest-reigning middleweight champion but hasn't had a crack at reclaiming it since 2013. The southpaw has suffered four losses, a suspension and cholecystitis since then. He also pulled out a controversial victory over Derek Brunson (unanimous decision). "The Spider" will enter the Octagon looking for a solid win against Gastelum, who he was supposed to face at UFC 212 until Gastelum was given a 90-day suspension by the USADA for having levels of cannabinoid metabolites in his system above the allowed threshold. The 42-year-old legend is 34-8, 1NC with 20 KO/TKOs in his career.