For Ultimate Fighting Championship
middleweight king Anderson Silva, clinching the championship is as challenging
as staying a champion.
“It’s every athlete’s dream to
become a champion. However, in this sport, it’s very difficult,” said Silva. He
is set to face Brazilian Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort in UFC 126 on February 5 at
the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Silva is UFC’s longest reigning
champion, undefeated since winning the middleweight title from Rich Franklin in
October 2006. He has been unstoppable in his succeeding fights until he faced
Chael Sonnen last August. Sonnen dominated Silva in four rounds before getting
submitted with a triangle choke in the fifth.
“After the Chael fight, people
think I’m human again and that anything can happen,” said Silva. “I could be
knocked out, I could be submitted.” He, however, said he will continue to
defend his title against anyone who wants to challenge him.