• Anderson da Silva is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva holds the longest title defense streak in UFC history, which ended in 2013 with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses.

• • Born: April 14, 1975 (age 38), São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

• Nationality: Brazilian

• Weight: 84 kg

• Height: 1.88 m

• Spouse: Dayane Silva

• Children: Kalyl Silva, Kaory Silva, Kauana Silva, Joao Vitor Silva, Gabriel Silva

Silva has three sons and two daughters with his wife, Dayane. Silva appeared in Never Surrender in 2009. A documentary about Silva called Like Water, was released in 2011.

Anderson Silva was born April 14, 1975, a middle child of four. The son of a poverty-stricken family, Silva spent the majority of his childhood with his aunt and uncle, an officer with the Curitiba police force.

Silva first began training jiu-jitsu with neighbourhood kids who could afford lessons. He explained his introduction to martial arts in an interview with FIGHT! Magazine: “When I started out, Jiu-Jitsu was really an elite thing in Brazil, and there was some prejudice towards poorer kids, so I had to learn things on my own... Some of my neighbours started doing Jiu-Jitsu, so I started watching it, and then started rolling with them. It wasn’t organized training, but it was better than nothing.” By the age of twelve his family was able to set aside enough money to start him in Tae Kwon Do lessons, from which he moved on to Capoeira, before finally settling on Muay Thai at the age of sixteen.

Before he began his career as a professional fighter, Silva worked at McDonalds, and also as a file clerk. He considers Spider-Man a personal hero, and has a stated love of comic books and comic book heroes.