godaddy stats

Home » All MMA News »UFC » Currently Reading:

Anderson Silva explains the reason behind “The Spider” nickname

January 17, 2011 All MMA News, UFC  Comments 

UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva has been speaking about the origins of his nickname “The Spider”, explaining it came from a female announcer who thought he looked like a superhero in the ring.

Speaking via, Silva said:

“Before a fight, I was wearing a shirt with Spiderman on it when an announcer came up and joked that I looked like the superhero on the shirt. To my surprise, when I entered the ring, she announced: ‘Anderson Silva, Brazil’s Spiderman.’”

Silva takes on fellow Brazilian, Vitor Belfort at next month’s UFC 126 event in Las Vegas, Nevada, a fight that could finally put to bed who is the best middleweight in the world. “The Spider” has already expressed an interest in facing Michael Bisping down the road in the UK, although Yushin Okami is next in line for a shot at the title.

By Michael Pepper. (Follow me on Twitter)

Why not tell us what you think about this story and get your thoughts featured in this week’s Mailbag? Email, start the subject with the word ‘MAILBAG’ and we’ll post our favourites this Friday.


Search This Site:

Fighter Search:

Video Content



Buying Supplements for MMA Training and Hardcore Workouts
Many people ask what type of supplements they should use for MMA training and hardcore workouts. With each person and training program the supplements will vary.  Anyone exerting enormous amounts of energy with their training needs to have a proper diet, lots of rest and quality supplementation. Some of the supplement staples for MMA and hardcore workouts will include Creatine, Whey Protein, BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids), L Carnitine, Beta Alanine and Glutamine.  You may also need extra pre-workout energy and strength with Ephedrine/Ephedra and Prohormones.  As well you will need to replenish nutrients with Multivitamins, Super Greens, Fish Oil and Joint Support Supplements. Make sure to research what the requirements are for your specific training program, and do as much research as possible on each supplement you are taking. Buy supplements at a trusted source - one company we recommend for quality products and service is  They have quick delivery to the UK and a wide selection. They have been around for along time and have had great reviews from our customers.

Related Articles:

Nick Diaz arrested on suspicion of DUI and three other charges

September 12, 2014

Former Strikeforce welterweight champion and the man who will face Anderson Silva on January 31st in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nick Diaz, has today reportedly been arrested on suspicion of DUI along with three other charges in Lodi, California. From Lodi News: UFC fighter and former Tokay High School student Nick Diaz was arrested in Lodi at […]

Anderson Silva admits he’s still haunted by the ghosts of horrific leg injury

September 8, 2014

Former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva has this week admitted that he’s still haunted by the ghosts of the horrific leg injury picked up late last year inside the octagon, as well as revealing he’s been working with a psychologist to get over his demons. Speaking via Fantastico, Silva said: “I feel no pain at […]

Ed Soares doesn’t believe Nick Diaz will start trash talking ahead of Anderson Silva fight

August 26, 2014

Ed Soares, the manager of former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, has been speaking about the Brazilian’s return to the octagon against Nick Diaz after what will be over a year away from the octagon after breaking his leg, as well as explaining why he isn’t expecting the man from Stockton to start trash-talking ahead […]

Cung Le eyeing future showdown with Anderson Silva

August 20, 2014

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Cung Le has this week revealed that he wouldn’t mind stepping inside the octagon with former UFC 185 pound king-pin, Anderson Silva down the line, a fight that many people spoke about in the past as a “dream fight”. Speaking via The Great MMA Debate Podcast, Le said: “Of course there is. […]

Dana White “pretty pumped” to see Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz

August 18, 2014

UFC President, Dana White has been speaking about his excitement at putting together a very fan friendly fight between Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz for early next year, adding he can’t wait to see “The Spider” return from the horrific leg injury he suffered less than a year ago. Speaking during this past weekends post-fight […]