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Anderson Silva was never supposed to be a champion. Instead, he was supposed to come into Ultimate Fight Night on June 28, 2006 and go down as a big win for fast-rising middleweight star Chris Leben, who seemed to be on his way to a title shot against then-champion Rich Franklin. But Silva took his opportunity on a big stage seriously and came in and knocked out the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran. Had that fight between Leben and Franklin actually taken place, there is a very real possibility that Leben would have been flattened by the champ like his TUF compatriot Nate Quarry was at UFC 56. But Silva earned the title shot, trained his backside off, and went into UFC 64 and stunned the champion with a first round knockout. And the rest is history. Well, it’s more like current events.

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Written by yours truly. Let me know what you think.

And, by the way, I don't know why it says "UFC 66" in the first paragraph of that column. I had it down as UFC 64 (which is right), but the editor changed it to 66 for some reason. I emailed him and told him to change it, but it hasn't been changed yet. I changed it in the excerpt in this thread.

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i like it dude. quick scan through the reading and i thought it was good.

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Dude, hate to be a nitpicker, but its MuAy Thai. Muay Thai Dream Team is over with, now it's Black House/Minotauro Team. Good article though.

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Just a couple of notes:

-Pride 183-pound champion...not 185
-Silva's with Black House...MTDT is his former team
-Leben hasn't trained at Team Quest for quite some time

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Posted by trebekmustdie

Dude, hate to be a nitpicker, but its MuAy Thai. Muay Thai Dream Team is over with, now it's Black House/Minotauro Team. Good article though.



Obviously, I'm still learning. Thanks for reading and thanks for pointing that out. I'm not afraid to admit when I make a mistake, and I have been making that one for I don't know how long. Props to you!

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also, team quest is out of gresham, oregon, not portland

and hendo doesnt train in gresham, he trains in temecula, california at another team quest with soko, mayhem, etc.

way to go for putting yourself out there though.

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Obviously some areas you need to check first (as stated previously) and I don't knwo if I agree w/ a point or two, but good read.

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I don't think ANY real MMA fan expected a chump like Chris Leben to roll through Anderson Silva. It's more like Chris was a tough guy they could feed to Silva who would put up a good showing and be able to take a beating instead of a flash knockout. Anderson had the pedigree of being the best tactician at Chute Boxe and founding his own Muay Thai team plus being a Pride and Cage Rage standout.

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Posted by kasual

I don't think ANY real MMA fan expected a chump like Chris Leben to roll through Anderson Silva. It's more like Chris was a tough guy they could feed to Silva who would put up a good showing and be able to take a beating instead of a flash knockout. Anderson had the pedigree of being the best tactician at Chute Boxe and founding his own Muay Thai team plus being a Pride and Cage Rage standout.



You sure? Go back and watch that fight and tell me who the UFC wanted to win, and who many fans thought would win.

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I agree that certainly the UFC and many fans wanted to Leben to win. The UFC spent a lot of time and money developing TUF fighters such as Leben, naturally they would like that investment to pay off by having him win. It stands to reason that looking at UFC contracts, Rich Franklin's being a prime example, the UFC would want to Leben to win as they have him tied to a long and probably one sided contract. Whereas Anderson Silva had the potential to be champion and Leben was just a tune up fight. Joe Silva surely knew this, if Silva lost the fight he would be at a substantial disadvantage in negotiating a profitable long term deal with Zuffa. As for the casual UFC fan, I'm sure many of them were not familiar with Silva or his pedigree and were very familiar with Leben so naturally they wanted and expected him to beat an unknown newcomer. So, when I said 'real MMA fan' I meant someone who had been following it for a while and not just when the UFC caught on.

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Posted by grappler0000

...-Pride 183-pound champion...not 185...




Well in all fairness its truly the 83 kg weight class

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Also, if Anderson was never supposed to be champ why did he get the shot immediately after beating Leben. Dana has made it very clear that a hot fighter coming into the UFC only has to win 1 tune up fight before they get a shot at the strap. Look at Nog, Quinton, and Anderson - 3 guys who came in and won a fight and were thrust into title shots. Dana also said that Shogun would only have to 1 one fight before he got his shot (unfortunately he lost it) or he would on this list as well.

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