Remembering Anderson Silva’s Legendary Career

Anderson Silva has had his share of ups and downs throughout his UFC career. However, at one point in time, Anderson Silva was regarded as the greatest fighter of all time.  Brad Reifler recalls that he defended his middleweight championship more times than any other fighter in the world, and MMA fans still idolize him for the incredible feats that he accomplished during his UFC run. Unfortunately, Anderson Silva recently tested positive for steroids in his last MMA fight against Nick Diaz, and UFC fans have since labeled Silva as a cheater.

Anderson Silva is claiming that he did not knowingly take any performance enhancing drugs, but some people believe that Silva took some type of steroid in order to help heal his broken leg. Nonetheless, Anderson Silva is still suspended from the UFC, and his return to the octagon is still questionable. BJPenn.com recently published a video that features 10 of Anderson Silva’s greatest knockout victories.

The BJPenn.com video shows how dominant Silva truly was in his prime, and he’s had some notable victims over the course of his career. For example, Rich Franklin, Vitor Belfort, and Forrest Griffin have all been knocked out by Anderson Silva in the first round of their fights. Unfortunately, the end of Anderson Silva’s career may overshadow his legendary championship run.

Jose Aldo’ s Legacy Ruined?

Jose Aldo is the true featherweight champion of the world, but it seems that UFC fans around the world are very upset with him. It was recently announced that Jose Aldo was forced to pull out of UFC 189 due to a rib injury. Unfortunately, fans are now questioning whether or not Jose Aldo is afraid of Conor McGregor. However, true MMA fans know that Jose Aldo isn’t afraid of any man.

Yahoo! Sports recently published a story that questions Jose Aldo and his legacy, but I strongly disagree with the article. Pulling out of UFC 189 does not ruin Jose Aldo’s legacy, and here’s why. Jose Aldo has consistently fought and defeated the best fighters in the featherweight and lightweight division. Jose Aldo has not lost a fight in nearly 10 years, and he’s never been defeated in the UFC. Unfortunately, Conor McGregor has fooled the fans into believing that he is better than Jose Aldo. While Conor McGregor is a talented fighter, he has never been tested against an opponent like Jose Aldo.

According to Handy, Jose Aldo has long been regarded as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world, and he will eventually face McGregor in the future. However, Conor McGregor needs to get past Chad Mendes first. If McGregor beats Mendes, Jose Aldo will be waiting for him. Hopefully, Conor McGregor can beat Chad Mendes though.

Why an Interim Belt for UFC 189?

The biggest news in the MMA world of late has been the injury to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. It was first reported that the champ suffered a broken rib during a sparring match and his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 189was in jeopardy said Kevin Seawright. The UFC released its own statement that the rib was actually bruised not broken and the fight was still on. The UFC on Wednesday the UFC announced that Jose Aldo was backing out of the fight and that Conor McGregor would now be taking on number one contender Chad Mendes at UF 189. UFC President Dana White also stated that McGregor and Mendes would be fighting for an interim featherweight belt.

So the question on everyone’s mind is why they are fighting for an interim belt simply because Aldo had to back out from the fight because of a rib injury and Dana White was asked that exact question. White basically said that they would be fighting for an interim belt because this is not the first time Aldo has backed out of fight. Since becoming champion in 2001, Aldo has backed out of fights for one reason or another four times. This is the fifth time he has backed out. White also stated that other fighters have suffered the same injury but still got in the ring and fought. It probably did not sit well with white that the UFC spend a lot of money and time promoting this fight and it was all for nothing now that Aldo backed out.

Reebok Drops the Ball with UFC Deal

Some of the biggest talk this year in the UFC had little to do with the latest match-ups or injuries, but rather the news that the UFC and Reebok reached a sponsorship deal that would stop all fighters from wearing any other clothing during fights. Fighters will no longer be able to wear their own sponsors clothing into the ring before fights. Many fighters have aired their disgust with the deal stating that it is taking money out of their pockets and that their fight pay is already low. Needless to say, the deal went through regardless of their thoughts.

The UFC and Reebok had an official unveiling on Tuesday of its new UFC “Fighter Kits. To help promote the event, the UFC hit social media hard as well as sent out emails. The UFC had many of its biggest stars on hand for the event which included all current UFC champions except who was not available due to a rib injury suffered during training for his upcoming bout with Conor McGregor. The fighters will have their choice of fight-night shorts and a jersey to go with it. The public can but the jersey for roughly $100.

Wikipedia wrote that one would think that a company as big as Reebok would be able to spell correctly but apparently not. The company spelled several fighters names wrong including Giblert Melendez and Lyoto Machida. Some fighters were unhappy because the company used their full first name. Reebok sees this as just small errors and are quick fixes.