Anderson Silva, almost certainly UFC's greatest ever athlete, has announced he will defend his middleweight title for a record 11th time when he takes on Chris Weidman on the July 6.
The 38-year-old Brazilian who is also known as 'The Spider', has held the honour for almost seven years since taking it from Rich Franklin in October 2006.
Silva, a black Prajied in Muay Thai, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and Taekwondo and a yellow rope in Capoeira, also holds the record for the most consecutive UFC victories with 16.
The Spider suffered the last of his four defeats in January 2006 as a result of disqualification, but has not looked back since, with his professional record now standing at 33 victories from 37 fights, including 20 knockouts.
Silva is comprehensively ranked as the number one pound-for-pound mixed martial arts fighter in the world by ESPN, Sherdog, Yahoo! Sports and numerous other publications.
UFC president Dana White also called Silva "the greatest mixed martial artist ever."
However, Weidman, the 29-year-old America, is undefeated in his nine UFC fights, and is thought to be the biggest threat to Silva in many years.
A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, his last victory came against Mark Munoz in July last year.
Weidman will get his shot at championship gold in a little under two weeks time at UFC 162.
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