Born on April 14, 1975, in Curitiba, Brazil. His interest in martial arts began at age 14 when he started learning tae kwon do, but he wouldn't start fighting professionally until 11 years later. Until then, Anderson Silva was actually working odd jobs that included everything from service jobs at McDonald's to clerical office work. By 2006, Anderson Silva had already proven himself as a fierce competitor and a top-notch mixed-martial-arts master; this made the UFC a logical next step in his quest for glory. Before the ink had dried, the UFC was heavily promoting Anderson Silva before he ever stepped into their ring. When it came time for his UFC debut against Chris Leben, Anderson Silva didn't disappoint. Leben was down and out in less than a minute, and in his next match, Anderson Silva defeated Rich Franklin to win the UFC Middleweight Title.