Even God Cheats: How Anderson Silva Shocked Us By Doing The Expected

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is a bumbling, soulless government agency, and so a strange agent for the delivery of the message that our gods have forsaken us. They never have been particularly diligent messengers in any event, but for whatever reason—bureaucracy, incompetence, something more nefarious—they… » 2/19/15 9:15pm 2/19/15 9:15pm

Anderson Silva's Final Moment

Anderson Silva, more than any other fighter ever, had—or has, who knows—a gift for timing, so that his career played out as a sequence of essentially perfect moments. The best may have been a Chaplinesque performance in a loss this summer that was so unimprovable that he should have said he was done right there, but… » 12/29/13 2:35pm 12/29/13 2:35pm

How Anderson Silva Turned Loss Into Victory

Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman will fight for the middleweight title tonight in a rematch of their bout from July, and it's a strange one, because despite Weidman having finished Silva off last time, no one really has any idea what to expect. Weidman could wax an aged and suddenly vulnerable Silva, or Silva could… » 12/28/13 11:34am 12/28/13 11:34am

New UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will fight former champ Anderson Silva in December in a rematch of last Saturday's globally televised exhibition of master-class trolling. [ESPN] » 7/13/13 9:24pm 7/13/13 9:24pm

Anderson Silva, The UFC's Troll King, Wins Again

Anderson Silva is a genius, the best fighter in the history of mixed martial arts. It’s tempting to compare him to more familiar athletes in more familiar sports, if just to give some fixed point of reference, but that would diminish him. He’s strange and unique and deserves to be thought of that way. » 7/08/13 10:50am 7/08/13 10:50am

Jon "Bones" Jones Sounds Like He Really Doesn't Want To Fight Anderson…

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Jones calls it "a lose-lose situation." » 7/11/12 5:55pm 7/11/12 5:55pm

WWE Reenacted Chael Sonnen's Failed Spinning Backfist

On Saturday at UFC 14, Chael Sonnen attempted a spinning backfist that was ducked by Anderson Silva. Sonnen tripped, took a knee to the grill, and the fat lady started singing. Two days later on WWE Raw, CM Punk paid a bit of tribute to one of the more theatrical MMA endings in recent memory: he missed his own… » 7/11/12 5:00pm 7/11/12 5:00pm

Yes, Anderson Silva Is Being Likened To Muhammad Ali...

And Michael Jordan. And Wayne Gretzky. Okay, fine. Anderson Silva is a great athlete. He mauled Yushin Okami last weekend at UFC 134. But Ali, Jordan, and Gretzky rolled into one? Come now. Come. Let us not forget that a year ago, Silva was the one getting mauled for five rounds by Chael Sonnen until he conjured a… » 8/30/11 2:00pm 8/30/11 2:00pm

UFC 90: Silva Crumples Cote in Unsatisfying Manner

As yet another reminder that style points matter in judged sports (even when they're not tallied explicitly), Anderson Silva seemingly toyed with Patrick Cote » 10/26/08 11:00am 10/26/08 11:00am before watching his competition collapse under expectations (and an old knee injury renewed) in the third round. Of course, Silva now has to explain why he…