After seven years of invincibility, 16 straight wins in the UFC and a record 11 defenses of his middleweight title, Anderson Silva's streak was snapped by the powerful left hand of Chris Weidman at UFC 162. The historic event on July 6 will be remembered forever for the miracle authored by the 29-year-old American. In this edition of PVT Mag, we go behind the scenes of that historic night and examine the repercussions of one of the most important upsets in MMA history.
This fresh-out-of-the-oven edition also featured a VIP workout involving two fighting stars: UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and former K-1 Max champion Andy Souwer. Add to this sparring session UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao and the rest of the Nova Uniao standouts and it looked like a high-level fight card inside Rio's Upper Academy. PVT respects the “don't talk about training” rule, but still shares stories of the intense fighting atmosphere inside the gym that day.
This instalment of “Alonso's Relics” remembers Meca World Vale Tudo 5. On June 9, 2001 at Curitiba's Military Circle Gymnasium, Anderson Silva emerged as a future star, while several of Brazil's top teams did battle. Chute Boxe versus Ruas Vale Tudo, Brazilian Top Team against Chute Boxe, luta livre battling jiu-jitsu -- Meca 5 had it all, and you can check it out inside of Alonso's chest.
Also, PVT Mag 44 features “Private Lesson” with the legendary luta livre fighter Eugenio Tadeu, a double photo essay of two ring girls and much, much more.
Be sure to check out the free online edition of PVT 44 here.