Prior to the Middleweight showdown, "The Crippler" infamously quipped:
"When I get in there and I'm in his face, pressing the action, rough-necking him and throwing him around -- I'm punching him, he's punching me, I'm eating his shots and just blasting him back in the face -- he's not going to be able to handle it. He's going to be like, 'Who is this guy? He's just a dump truck who keeps going.' After he gets in there with me and I knock him out, he may want to go back to Japan or somewhere where the competition is a littler easier.... I'm going to break his jaw."
The rest, as "they" say, is mixed martial arts (MMA) history.
After the Leben annihilation, Silva was rewarded with a 185-pound title shot against then-champion Rich Franklin, whose face he re-arranged at UFC 64 to claim the world title. That fast start, as well as the up-and-down road he has experienced inside the Octagon throughout his next 14 fights, was recently chronicled in the half-hour long FUEL TV special, "UFC From All Angles," which was billed as an "intimate portrait of the pound-for-pound king of the UFC."
Check out the show description:
"UFC From All Angles goes behind-the-scenes to capture all of the skill, intelligence and intangible abilities of the greatest UFC fighter of all-time, Anderson 'The Spider' Silva. In this FUEL TV special, Karyn Bryant sits down with the reigning UFC Middleweight Champion for an in-depth look at what has made Silva the indestructible force of the UFC."
Silva will soon put his Middleweight title on the line one more time agains Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 162, which is scheduled to take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 6, 2013, airing live on pay-per-view (PPV).
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