Anderson Silva (31-4) is the most decorated UFC champion of all time, holding the records for both the most consecutive UFC title defenses, as well as the record for most consecutive wins in the promotion.
As The Spider gets up in age — he turns 37-years-old next month — his appearances in the Octagon become less frequent, as the injuries he’s incurred over a lifetime spent training and fighting flare up more often and take longer to heal. Most recently, following his ninth straight title defense, Silva was sidelined with a nasty case of bursitis in his shoulder.
The initial prognosis had Silva returning to the cage sometime in mid-2012 and appears accurate, as he’s rumored to be facing his nemesis, Chael Sonnen, in a highly-anticipated rematch this June. Though that fight has yet to be made official, The Spider is healthy enough to be back on the mat training, as evidenced in this recent video shot by Portal do Vale Tudo:
In their first meeting, Silva fought through a broken rib to rally back against a dominant Sonnen in the fifth frame, submitting the triangle-prone Oregonian in the closing moments of the fight. Since then, Silva has gone on to defend the belt dramatically against both Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami, knocking out both men in classic Anderson Silva fashion.
Sonnen has finally managed to work his way back to a title shot, which is rumored to come to fruition at UFC 147. UFC 147 also remains officially unannounced, but is expected to take place on June 16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and host the finals matches from The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.