UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva Turns 36 Years Old

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UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva turns 36 years old today. A long time fan of Roy Jones Jr., Silva managed to outlast his "idol" in a way as R.J. was knocked from the top of the boxing pound-for-pound rankings at the age of 35. Both men are reflex driven fighters and Jones lost his spot at the top of the sport as soon as his reflexes started to slip. Mixed Martial Arts provides so many ways to win a fight that Silva will have fall back options to win fights beyond simply being able to pull the trigger more quickly than the other man (see his fight with Chael Sonnen for evidence). But Silva's last trip to the cage, a vicious front kick KO of Vitor Belfort, made it appear that he has plenty more gas in the tank.

As a point of reference, the average age where UFC champions have lost their titles since 2005? 31 years old. So it's fair to say that Silva's eight consecutive title defenses and thirteen straight UFC victories are pretty damn impressive.

As for the near future? Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira talked to Fighters Only about Silva's fight with Yushin Okami and a possible move to light heavyweight:

"They already fought in 2006 but that bout didn’t have a conventional end because Anderson was disqualified by throwing an illegal hit. This time he steps in as the favorite since he knocked down all the chief opponents at 185 lbs."

Nogueira also says the current climate sees Anderson moving up to the 205lb division due to the lack of adversaries at his current weight class.

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