Former undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, will officially be inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame as part of their Pioneer Wing – ahead of a summer ceremony held by the organization in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As per the broadcast during UFC 286 in London, England – Silva, a former undisputed middleweight champion under the promotion’s banner, will receive his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame during a ceremony later this summer during International Fight Week in July.
Anderson Silva receives UFC Hall of Fame induction
“If you have a Mount Rushmore of UFC fighters… @SpiderAnderson (Anderson Silva) is probably on it!” UFC tweeted on this official Twitter account.
Debuting in the UFC back in June 2006 with a first round knockout win over Chris Leben, Silva would then clinch the undisputed middleweight crown in his next Octagon walk – taking out Rich Franklin with a another first round KO in October of that year.
Kickstarting one of the most heralded and iconic championship reigns in promotional and sport antiquity, Silva, a native of Curitiba, would land a 10 consecutive successful title defenses – in a reign which spanned a whopping 2,457 days. Silva also holds the longest winning spree in UFC history – notching a stunning 16 consecutive victories under the Dana White-led banner.
Following his championship-clinching win over Franklin, Silva would then defend the title against Nate Marquardt, Franklin in a title rematch, Dan Henderson, Patrick Cote, Thales Leites, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen twice, Vitor Belfort, and Yushin Okami.
Ending his Octagon tenure back in October 2020 in a knockout loss against the since-retired, Uriah Hall, Silva boasts a 34-11(1) professional record – with his most recent professional win coming in the form of a unanimous decision victory over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in February 2017.