Next month Anderson Silva looks for his record 11th consecutive UFC title defense. However, you can see how the MMA great first won the middleweight belt.

The UFC has released the video of Silva’s first encounter with then-champ Rich Franklin, which headlined UFC 64 in 2006.

Although Silva’s UFC-debut destruction of Chris Leben garnered some attention a fight prior, the bout with Franklin is when the Brazilian really put the middleweight division on notice.

Check out the full fight above. And catch Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) back in action against Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) on July 6 in UFC 162's pay-per-view headliner.

For the latest on UFC 162, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

USADA Hands BJ Penn a Six-Month Suspension for IV Ban Violation

  • 29 days ago
  • 22 views

UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn has accepted a six-month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. read news >>

Anderson Silva Calls for Michael Bisping Rematch, Suggests Manchester UFC Fight

  • 28 days ago
  • 119 views

Legendary fighter Anderson Silva thinks UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping is “afraid” to face him in a rematch. The Brazilian lost to Bisping narrowly in London earlier this year in a pulsati read news >>

The 10: The Best of the Best from the Best Month in UFC History

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

Take a look at the 10 best fights from one of the best fight months in UFC history. This is The 10 for July. read news >>

UFC Unfiltered Podcast: Jon Jones Weighs in on UFC 200 and Daniel Cormier

  • 23 days ago
  • 59 views

UFC 200 headliner Jon Jones joins Matt Serra and Jim Norton in episode 4 of UFC Unfiltered. The guys discuss UFC 200, why Daniel Cormier is a 'Hater,' and much more. read news >>

VIDEO: Brock Lesnar Reacts to Jon Jones Being Pulled from UFC 200

  • 19 days ago
  • 33 views

Just hours removed from the news, new UFC 200 headliner Brock Lesnar reacts to Jon Jones being pulled from UFC 200 following a potential anti-doping violation. read news >>

Ex-UFC 200 Headliner Conor McGregor Takes Sly Shot at Jones vs. Cormier Collapse

  • 19 days ago
  • 34 views

With the MMA universe still reeling from the shakeup to UFC 200, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz came together for a press conference to promote UFC 202 (warning, NSFW language). Unsurprisingly, it was read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs Anderson Silva Announced for UFC 200: Latest Details, Reaction

  • 18 days ago
  • 2703 views

Anderson Silva will replace Jon Jones at UFC 200 on Saturday and fight Daniel Cormier in a non-title bout. Brazil's Globo reported the news Thursday (via FloSports' Jeremy Botter). TMZ confirmed the read news >>

Daniel Cormier Will Fight Anderson Silva at UFC 200; Tate vs. Nunes to Headline

  • 18 days ago
  • 192 views

Daniel Cormier will remain on the UFC 200 fight card to fight Anderson Silva. The card has been shuffled, moving Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes to headlining status. read news >>

Watch the UFC Fight Night 90 Post-Fight Presser, Including Anderson Silva!

  • 18 days ago
  • 17 views

Watch as surprise guest Anderson Silva, and then several of the key UFC Fight Night 90 fighters, field questions from the media. read news >>

VIDEO: UFC Fight Night 90 Post-Fight Press Conference with Special Guest Anderson Silva

  • 18 days ago
  • 22 views

Watch as Anderson Silva crashes the party, and then several of the key UFC Fight Night 90 fighters, field questions from the media at the post-fight press conference. read news >>