Silva deserves to be widely hailed

Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is a superstar in the mixed martial arts world but he is so good that he should be household name for consummate professionalism and dominance of his sport.

Silva is one of the world best athletes but MMA is still considered a minority sport and because of its brutal nature does not have mass appeal, he will never have the recognition of his peers in boxing.

Silva at 35 does not show any signs of ageing. He did not do much of anything in the first three minutes of his Ultimate Fighting Championship title defence in Las Vegas on Saturday against fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort before exploding in his own inimitable style.

Unleashing a vicious left kick that flattened the former UFC champion, Silva hesitated to ensure there were signs of alertness, then moved in for a right punch and a left that led referee Mario Yamasaki to stop the fight after 3 minutes and 25 seconds.

The middleweight champion cemented his standing as the best ever. This was his 14th win in a row and his eighth title defence. The best part is he is eager to put it all on the line against welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.