Anderson Silva and All His UFC Career Defeats

Published 02/11/2021, 10:50 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: (L-R) Anderson Silva of Brazil and Uriah Hall of Jamaica trade punches in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Anderson Silva is considered to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. The Brazilian American white-collar mixed martial artist is a former UFC Middleweight Champion and held the record for the longest time in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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The stand-up fighter holds a record of 16 consecutive wins in the span of seven years from 2006-2013. Undoubtedly, Silva has never failed to amaze his fans with his Muay Thai, Knockout power, and also his different techniques to bring his opponent down.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Anderson Silva of Brazil reacts after his loss to Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The Spider has embarked on a lot of victories throughout his career. However, the great striker also had to face a few devastating losses.

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The Bout Between Silva and Chris Weidman

Silva faced Chris Weidman for this fight, and to everybody’s surprise, the inexperienced Weidman knocked out the great Silva. This UFC 162 fight ended the reign of da Silva and broke his streak of wins. This bout took place on July 6, 2013. 

Weidman had a dominating start where he kept his opponent down with his punches, kneebars, and heel hooks. The young fighter continued his strikes and jabs and did a wonderful job in finally defeating the champion da Silva. He lost the match by knockout in the second round of the bout.

Chris Weidman and The Spider Once Again!

Silva and Chris Weidman faced each other again on December 28 of the same year in UFC 168. Yes, Weidman shook the MMA universe by defeating the best of best once again! The young fighter left no stone unturned to make sure that the Spider is kept pressed against the ground. The entire fight was one-sided and Weidman dominated it throughout. All the Spider’s fans were really shocked and disappointed with what they saw.

The American Brazilian was unable to regain his foothold after that. Weidman’s punches, elbows, and forearm strikes were on spot and Weidman again defeated Silva. This bout cost Anderson to break his fibula and tibia. Silva went through surgery after the match and it took him six months to return to the ring again. 

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: (R-L) Chris Weidman punches Anderson Silva in their UFC middleweight championship fight during the UFC 162 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Spider up against Michael Bisping

The next defeat that the American Brazilian had to face was his fight with Bisping. Silva returned to the octagon after a gap of about 1 year. The first round of the bout was neck to neck where each of them was showing their strengths.

Bisping was waiting to execute the knockout move from the first round itself. When he got his chance, he knocked out the Spider. Though Anderson won the Fight of the Night award for this match he also had to face a defeat at UFC Night 84. Michael Bisping became the winner of the fight through a unanimous decision

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva of Brazil (R) and Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping of England (L) compete in their Middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night held at at Indigo at The O2 Arena on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Daniel Cormier defeats da Silva

This fight between Silva and UFC Light Heavyweight Daniel Cormier took place on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200. Viewers had a lot of expectations from this bout and were very excited to see two great champions inside the octagon. The fight, in the end, did not live up to the crowd’s expectations.

A couple of times the bout took pace when The Spider showed some great moves even after just returning from surgery. However, in the end, Cormier took the charge and finished the bout with a scorecard of  30-26 on all the cards of three judges. Silva again had to face defeat via a unanimous decision given by the judges.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: Daniel Cormier (left) reacts to his victory over Anderson Silva of Brazil (right) in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 200 event on July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Israel Adesanya against da Silva

After Silva’s suspension from USADA, he returned to the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 234. This time he had to go against the 29-year-old vibrant Israel Adesanya. This bout is also one of the best that happened in the year. Silva’s fans were really contended to see Silva in the form that he showed in the fight.

All his moves, his reflexes, and his techniques were quite evident in his fighting. On the other hand, Adesanya was no less and showed incredible athleticism and the perfect fighting frames. In the end, the champion again lost the bout via unanimous decision. The amazing striker was again able to grab the Fight of the Night award for this.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Anderson Silva of Brazil kicks Israel Adesanya of New Zealand in their middleweight bout during the UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in the Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Another defeat for Silva vs Jared Cannonier

One of the most recent bouts fought by the Spider was against Jared Cannonier. This match took place on May 11, 2019, at UFC 237. This was an unfortunate match that went unexpectedly and took another turn. The viewers expected this bout to be a comeback for Silva.

However, the Spider got his leg severely injured by Jared’s inner kick. Silva had to face defeat when referee Herb Dean had to step in at the 4:47 mark, declaring Cannonier the winner by TKO. Afterward, Silva admitted to having a difficult time with his right knee during training camp. He was in noticeable pain as he apologized to the crowd.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MAY 11: (L-R) Anderson Silva of Brazil kicks Jared Cannonier in their middleweight bout during the UFC 237 event at Jeunesse Arena on May 11, 2019 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The Spider’s defeat vs Uriah Hall

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The most recent bouts fought by the Spider was against Uriah Hall. This match took place on October 31, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Silva. This was an extremely thrilling match where both the fighters seemed to dominate each other with their set of skills and techniques. In the end, Silva lost the bout towards the end of round four via technical knockout. 

Post this fight there are Silva has been released from his UFC contract

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No matter the losses, Silva is still one of the greatest mixed martial artists who is known to execute his techniques and skills to the point. 

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Abhilasha Singh

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Abhilasha Singh is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her post-graduation from The University of Texas in Austin, she combines her keen eye for details and her love for the sport to give readers pristine content on everything UFC. Abhilasha is a hardcore fan of Amanda Nunes, Georges St Pierre, and Stipe Miocic, but Conor McGregor is the one who tops her list.

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