In terms of sustained excellence, no man can hold a candle to Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight boss Anderson Silva.
Since he entered the UFC with a stirring 49-second knockout of Chris Leben a little less than seven years ago, the 38-year-old Brazilian has rewritten the record book. Silva holds the promotion’s all-time benchmarks for percentage of significant strikes landed (67.8), knockdowns (17), consecutive victories (16), consecutive title defenses (10) and wins in championship bouts (11). He also ranks second in post-fight bonuses (11) and third in total victories (16).
Silva has spent more than 2,400 days atop the middleweight division, having captured the 185-pound title from Rich Franklin at UFC 64 on Oct. 14, 2006. To put his reign in perspective: he won his belt before eight of the nine other current UFC champions had ever set foot inside the Octagon.
This infographic pairs those eyebrow-raising scorecards with statistical data provided by FightMetric.com.Link