Anderson Silva’s Dominance: By the Numbers

The master of MMA … and Anderson Silva.

After Saturday’s TKO win over Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, Anderson Silva reached double figures in title defenses. He’s never lost in his UFC career, which has spanned over six years. To further emphasize The Spider’s total domination of the middleweight division, here are some factoids:

  • 15 wins in the UFC, the 5th most all-time amongst all of the organization’s fighters. He’s only behind Matt Hughes with 18 wins, Randy Couture, Georges St. Pierre, and Chuck Liddell, all of whom are sitting at 16. Obviously 15-0 is the longest unbeaten run in UFC history.
  • Of those 15 wins, 11 have come in middleweight title fights, 2 at light-heavyweight, 1 non-title fight, his promotional debut against Chris Leben (which would lead to his first title fight with Rich Franklin), and 1 scheduled title fight against Travis Lutter, before it was switched to non-title after Lutter failed to make weight.
  • His fight finish breakdown is as follows: 5 KOs, 5 TKOs, 3 submissions, and 2 decisions. Granted, one of those TKOs was Patrick Cote blowing out his knee, and not anything Silva actually did. For technicality’s sake, we’ll count it.
  • 6 first-round finishes, 5 second-round, 1 third-round, and 1 in the fifth-round.
  • Under the unified rules of MMA, Anderson Silva’s 5th round submission against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 was the latest stoppage in UFC history at 3:10, or 23:10 seconds of total fighting.
  • 9 “….of the Night” award bonuses, including 3 Fight of the Nights, 4 Knockout of the Nights, and 2 Submission of the Nights.
  • 4 fighters have suffered either their first career KO loss or first TKO (stoppage due to strikes) against Anderson Silva. Chris Leben and Vitor Belfort had their only KO losses against Silva, whilst Chael Sonnen and Nate Marquardt were stopped via strikes for the first and so far only time in their careers.
  • 16 knockdowns landed, a UFC record. You know you’re good when your knockdown average is higher than the number of fights you’ve had.
  • According to FightMetric, Silva has landed 67.6% of his significant strikes, which are defined as “all strikes at distance and power strikes in the clinch and on the ground.” The next closest fighter on that list is Cain Velasquez at 60.2%!


Silva is 37, he’s accomplished everything he could possibly imagine, and he’s clearly not showing any signs of decline. I’m enjoying the ride and even though he’s had his bizarre moments against Demian Maia and Thales Leites, when Silva fights, he normally delivers lots of violence. He’s the greatest fight finisher we’ll ever see and it’s remarkable how he maintains this against high-level opposition.

Who’s next? Who knows? Chris Weidman assaulted Mark Munoz last night as Josh Rosenthal was in a complete trance, and could get the next shot. Hector Lombard, the UFC’s latest signing, has heavy hands and hasn’t lost in ages. Michael Bisping? Give me a break. Alan Belcher is a few fights away from a title shot.

It’s hard to clean out a division, but Anderson has pretty much done that. He is a once-in-a-lifetime talent and there will never be anyone of his calibre and no one will ever reach his level of dominance. I’m 100% certain of this.


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