By Damon Martin, MMAWeekly
Anderson Silva Wins Again…And Now Heads To The UFC
By Damon Martin, MMAWeekly

With a win on Saturday night, Anderson Silva successfully defended his Cage Rage middleweight title taking out Tony Fryklund, and it has now been announced that the Brazilian striker and possibly the #1 185lb fighter in the world has inked a multi-fight deal with the UFC.

Silva has long been thought of as one of the best middleweights in the world and has competed in numerous organizations including Pride, but will now try his hand at the UFC and may not have to wait very long to get a shot at current champion, Rich Franklin. The UFC middleweight division has undergone quite a bit of change over the last year and outside of Nathan Marquardt, who is seen as the current #1 contender, Silva steps into the division and automatically becomes one of the top fighters in the company.

Silva simply has the best and most dangerous striking skills of anyone in the middleweight division. His razor sharp knees and elbows will serve him well in the octagon, and is extremely exciting to watch in every fight. Silva’s win list is a who’s who of former UFC veterans including the afore mentioned Tony Frykland, Curtis Stout, Jeremy Horn, Jorge Rivera, Lee Murray and Carlos Newton.

With current champion Rich Franklin out with a broken hand and having no definite timeline set for his return, Silva will step into the octagon as an unknown to many UFC fans but will quickly show that he deserves to be ranked as one of the top fighters in the division. He will also usher in a new era of Brazilian fighters into the UFC, something the company has been sorely lacking of late.

A definite date has not been announced for Silva’s debut in the UFC, but coming off of a KO win over Frykland over the weekend, he is fresh and loves to stay active and it is doubtful that he will sit on the sidelines for very long waiting to prove that he belongs atop the middleweight division.