While it may seem like a given that everything has pretty much gone according to plan in the career of Anderson Silva, considering he’s the planet’s consensus best pound-for-pound fighter, “The Spider” nearly hung up the gloves before ever stepping into the Octagon. Imagine a UFC, or the sport of MMA for that matter, where Silva never signed with the promotion and went on to win 16 straight fights and become it’s longest reigning champion.
Silva vs. Sonnen, not once, but twice? Never happened. Silva’s jaw dropping wins over Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin? Gone. Silva ‘s destructions of Rich Franklin? Wouldn’t have taken place.
Well, thankfully for fans and the sport, Silva made his way to the UFC and according to the 38 year-old -legend, the MMA world has the Nogueira brothers to thank for that. While speaking with Karyn Bryant on FUEL TV’s “UFC From All Angles” show, the middleweight champion acknowledged that he was considering retirement after his Pride contract was done. Then Antonio Rodrigo and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira intervened.
Ya, the time Rogerio and Rodrigo talk to me, I no have nothing. My dream was lost, Rodrigo talked to me and said ‘hey come to my house, I will help you. Don’t worry. Come to hear, we will train together.’ I finished my contract with Pride. The guys tell me not to fight in Pride anymore. I said ‘what? I fight in Pride, I’m good in Pride. I had no problem with Pride, but Rodrigo help me for better fights. I love Rodrigo. I love Rogerio. This is my family.
Of course the last man to beat Silva (no, his disqualification loss to Yushin Okami in January, 2006, doesn’t really count), was Ryo Chonan, who caught the Brazilian with the mother of all heel hooks at Pride Shockwave in 2004.
Up next, Silva will take on Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 6th. Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for all your coverage.