My Sportsman: Anderson Silva
But maybe we can at least find common ground here and agree that, in 2009 A.D., mixed martial arts (MMA) is now firmly part of the sports firmament, not some fad, like the XFL or
Two dudes fighting in a steel cage will always be a tough sell in some precincts. But if you want to point to what's right and legitimate about MMA, you could start by entering
Plus, he can fight. Man, can he fight. Not brawl. But
In 2009, Silva defeated two opponents. In other words, business as usual. He hasn't been beaten in nearly six years and he holds a 10-0 record in the UFC. As a middleweight, Silva, 34, has done what all the great ones do and simply exhausted the competition. As such, he fights as light heavyweight as well.
With his halting English and squeaky voice -- "You keep expecting him to talk about his brothers
Instead, Anderson simply wins. And helps legitimize an entire sport in the process.