There’s no doubt Anderson Silva owns some of the most remarkable moments in MMA history.
The former UFC middleweight champion was one of the most dominant title holders and the promotion’s biggest star in his heyday. Ahead of his retirement bout against Uriah Hall on Saturday at UFC on ESPN+39 in Las Vegas, Silva (34-10 MMA, 17-6 UFC) recalled some of the most memorable moments in his career.
Check below or watch the video above to find out “The Spider’s” thoughts on those moments:
On knocking out Forrest Griffin at UFC 101
“First of all, I need to say thank you to Forrest Griffin. What’s special about this fight is that I watched tapes of Muhammad Ali fights.
“I remember I watched a lot of Muhammad Ali fights, and I said, ‘You know, I think that’s the secret to do something good on this fight.’
“The magic moment happened, and I would just say thank you to Forrest. It’s the best moment in my life and, of course I have a lot of best moments in my life, but this is a special moment.”
On his incredible submission win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 117
“First of all, in this fight in particular, I’m very comfortable talking about it and happy to talk about it, because Chael gave me the energy to train hard for this fight, and I gave the good energy for Chael to train hard.
“I think Chael completes me, and I complete Chael in this fight. The best fight for the fans, especially in Brazil and especially for Chael, too. Thank you, Chael, for everything. Hopefully I see him soon to talk about life and the kids. I know he has a kid who started to fight, and I have one, too. Let’s talk. This is an amazing sport. Thank you for giving me opportunity to fight him.”
On his front-kick knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 126
“Wow. I think the fight with Vitor opened a lot of doors for the Brazilian fighters. This fight in particular helped us make the sport very popular in Brazil and helped the future of the sport in Brazil.
“Vitor is a very legendary fighter and a very good fighter. I just want to say thank you to Vitor, because Vitor made the sport famous for a long, long time ago. Vitor was the first guy to come to the UFC and win and become champion in UFC. Of course, Royce Gracie is the best ever, but Vitor has a great story and a great memory inside the UFC.