Who was proclaimed ‘Greatest Ever’ by Dana White?
Jun 17, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck
It has been a long time for Anderson Silva, a long time for the UFC, since either saw a fight in Brazil. For the man with the longest title reign in organizational history, it has been since December 2003. That was 20 fights and an acquired reputation ago. For the UFC, it has been even longer. October 1998 is the last time a UFC octagon stood on Brazilian soil.
The long absence is nearing its final days. On August 27, the promotion returns with UFC 134, an event to be held in the nation’s most well known locale, Rio. And it returns with the man who is arguably MMA’s best fighter, Silva, in the headline spot.
When it comes to Silva’s current place in the game, there’s no question in the mind of UFC president Dana White. To White, he’s No. 1 with a bullet. But at a Thursday press conference, while running down Silva’s incredible resume, White thrust the 36-year-old into an even more historic spot.
“He hasn’t lost a fight in five years,” White said. “He’s never lost in the UFC. The last time he lost was to Yushin Okami in October 2006. He’s got the most title defenses ever, with eight. He’s got the longest [UFC] win streak ever, at 13-0. And in my opinion, he’s the greatest mixed martial artist ever. Ever, period.”
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