Anderson Silva began training in martial arts at the age of 14 when he started learning Tae Kwon Do. He continued training for eleven years before making his MMA debut on May 27, 2000 against Luiz Azeredo. It didn't go well, he lost the decision, but fortunately for the 25 year old Anderson it wasn't a sign of things to come.
He kept winning and improving over the next three years compiling nine victories before suffering his second loss in June 2003. He returned to his winning ways though by reeling off three more victories in a row. Then on December 31, 2004 he fell to Ryo Chonan by a spectacular Flying Scissor Heel Hook. After the loss Silva's record was 12-3.
He won both his fights in 2005 then fought in Hawaii at Rumble on the Rock where he was disqualified against Yushin Okami for an illegal up kick due to Okami's knee being on the ground. Okami couldn't continue so on January 20, 2006 Silva suffered his fourth loss.
He hasn't lost since, marching through seven tough opponents. The latest being the always dangerous Dan Henderson at UFC 82 when Silva "unified" the PRIDE/UFC middleweight belts. Earlier, during this current seven fight run he swiped the UFC middleweight belt from Rich Franklin in dramatic fashion and hasn't looked back.
As of today April 14, 2008 Anderson Silva has compiled a 21-4 record, is the UFC middleweight champion, and known from Brazil to Canada, to England, to Japan and everywhere in between.
Happy 33rd birthday Anderson Silva!
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