Article

The Silva Sixteen

The Silva Sixteen
By Shaun Al-Shatti, MMA Fighting
"On April 22, 2006, at the age of 31, a gangly Brazilian mixed martial artist named Anderson Silva cocked his right arm back and separated Tony Frykland from consciousness with a devastatingly powerful lead reverse back elbow. He'd seen the technique thrown by Tony Jaa in the movie Ong Bak, and for several ensuing nights, Silva practiced it against the wishes of his coaches, elbowing a pillow held by his wife, over and over again, before using the unorthodox strike to defend his Cage Rage middleweight title for the third straight time.

"If there was ever a harbinger of an extraordinary event to come, that snapshot of Hollywood violence fits the bill."

Read the full article.

Media

Recent
Take a deeper look at the highly-anticipated rematch between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler and the lightweight title fight between Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez. The warriors battle it out for the crown at UFC 181 on December 6 in Las Vegas.
Nov 25, 2014
The Rankings Report is a weekly UFC.com series that gives you, the fans, a more in-depth look into the official UFC rankings. This week Matt Parrino and Forrest Griffin talk about Frankie Edgar, Edson Barboza, and answer fan questions.
Nov 25, 2014
Lisa Foiles updates fans on Ultimate Fighter season 19 winner Corey Anderson's new opponent for UFC 181 and the UFC's return to the Prudential Center in New Jersey.
Nov 25, 2014
Coming off two strong wins, heavyweight Travis "Hapa" Browne keeps his win streak alive with a first round KO victory over Josh Barnett at UFC 168. Browne looks to get back in title contention as he faces Brendan Schaub at UFC 181 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nov 25, 2014