Top 10 Jaw-Dropping Anderson Silva Moments in UFC

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea \ USA TODAY Sports Images Regardless of where fans were watching UFC 168, whether it be at a bar, with friends or at the event itself, there was a collective gasp in t

Regardless of where fans were watching UFC 168, whether it be at a bar, with friends or at the event itself, there was a collective gasp in the room when Anderson Silva broke his leg on the shin of Chris Weidman. For casual onlookers that I spoke to that evening, their gasps pertained to the gruesome image of Silva's leg splitting in half. The hardcore MMA fans that I spoke to that night were gasping for a different reason, because it was potentially the last time they would get to see Anderson Silva compete. Silva has since stated that he has commenced his rehab and fully intends on coming back, which is totally admirable. He's accomplished all there is to accomplish in the sport, made a ton of money, but wants to come back for the sheer enjoyment of competition.

As the sport grows, there will be an influx of talent and there will be debates for years to come as to who the greatest of all time will be. Having said that, it's unlikely that we will ever see another fighter that ends fights in the spectacular fashion that Silva does. There were instances where he would literally stand with his hands down and dodge punches like he was in The Matrix. He would stand there with a blank look, calmly dodging punches, and everyone knew that something special was about to happen. Even his opponents knew, as a look of terror would come over them. As fans, all we can do is patiently wait for Silva to complete his rehab and hope he's the same fighter when he comes back, but at 38 years old, it's highly questionable. In the mean time...lets recap Silva's top 10 moments in the UFC!

10 Anderson Silva vs. Chris Leben, UFC Fight Night 5 ($36,000, KO Bonus Not Disclosed)

9 Anderson Silva vs. Travis Lutter, UFC 67 ($71,000)

8 Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson, UFC 82 ($260,000, Includes $60,000 Fight of the Night and Submission Bonus)

7 Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin, UFC Fight Night ($200,000)

6 Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar, UFC 153 ($200,000)

5 Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin, UFC 101 ($120,000 for Fight of the Night and Submission Bonuses, Original Pay Not Disclosed)

4 Anderson Silva vs. Rich Frankin 1, UFC 64 ($5, 000, KO Bonus Not Disclosed)

3 Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen, UFC 117 ($320,000, Includes $60,000 Submission and Fight of the Night Bonuses)

To this point, nobody had ever challenged Anderson Silva physically and verbally as much as Chael Sonnen did. In the months leading up to this fight, Sonnen unleashed a tirade of the greatest trash talk in the sport's history. The only problem was, Sonnen's record aws 25-10 at this point, which is adequate considering the opponents he had faced, but it was almost unanimous across the board that a fighter with 10 losses would pose no threat to Silva. But styles make fights in MMA, and stylistically this fight was a nightmare for Silva. As we had seen in the past, Silva had been susceptible to great wrestlers. Especially wrestlers that don't need to work from the clinch and can transition from striking to a power double or single.

Sonnen absolutely whaled on Silva for four and a half rounds as he had received more strikes in this one fight than he did in his entire UFC career. The fight was all but over as Sonnen had top position in the final round until Silva performed a miraculous triangle choke and ultimately submitted Sonnen. Silva needed this fight because it showed that he could battle back from adversity. Many Silva fans are still in denial about what took place that night, implying that Silva had it under control the whole time. Newsflash: getting hit 320 times is never in anyone's game plan. Go to the 38th minute in the video below to see the submission unfold.

2 Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, UFC 126 ($275,000, Includes $75,000 KO Bonus)

1 Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 2, UFC 126 ($275,000, Includes $75,000 KO Bonus)

Undoubtedly the biggest moment in Anderson Silva's UFC career was the rematch with Chael Sonnen. There were so many external factors as to why this rematch took two years to come to fruition. For one, Sonnen had to serve a six month suspension for using testosterone replacement therapy. This is common used among older UFC fighter's nowadays, but the athletic commission deemed that he didn't apply the usage in a proper manner. Silva was also hampered by injuries at the time. Silva personally did not feel like he had to validate his original win over Sonnen because a win is a win. But in reality, he probably did not want to deal with Sonnen anymore, as it was just a terrible match-up for him. Dana White finally stepped in and left Silva no choice, the rematch was on in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas! For his legacy and to ensure that the first encounter was not a fluke, Silva needed to win convincingly. The first round went exactly as the first fight did, with Sonnen double-legging Silva, obtaining full mount and landing some serious leather. Round 2 began and Silva had a different look in his eye, he wasn't angry, he was fed up. He stuffed two of Sonnen's take-down attempted, dodged a spinning back fist, kneed Sonnen in the chest and landed a barrage of shots, ending the fight and the rivalry.

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