When the lights went out and Ain & # 39; t No Sunshine struck the speakers, did you know you're expecting something special. Anderson Silva is no longer in bloom, a question of why he is still fighting, but no matter what he wants to do next in his career, "The Spider" knows that his surname will continue in the sport.
Sure, Silva is a common name in Brazil and the list of evil Silvas is long and full of murderers.
Gabriel Silva, however, has more than one name.
On June 15, son of Anderson and Dayane Silva entered a Muay Thai ring in California to prove that he inherited some combat skills in the DNA section he received from his father.
Silva was once the highest of the middleweights and was considered by many to be the biggest mixed martial arts fighter who ever entered the face of the earth. Gabriel was only three years old when his father started his career with two wins on an evening in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Now, decades later, he begins his own story in martial arts.
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Funny enough, although his father had Muay Thai as his source and until today is known for these deadly skills, Gabriel is more of a boxer. When Anderson prepared to compete against Israel Adesanya in the UFC this year, they decided that it was time for Gabriel to try and compete in some form of martial arts, and decided to do so according to the rules of Muay Thai to do.
It was great, "says Gabriel Silva about the emotion of entering a ring for the first time. "It was a mix of different things because I grew up in this combat environment. I have always watched my father training, other fighters like Rogerio (Nogueira) and Rodrigo (Nogueira). I've always been surrounded by it so I've absorbed everything I've seen all along to put it into practice now. It was a very important moment in my life. I have always had the dream of getting there and experiencing everything my father and others have gone through. This feeling is invaluable. "
" The Spider "proudly released footage of the competition in its social media and showed how his son scored a TKO goal in his first appearance in bright light. After seeing his father scoring 23 knockout goals during his 45-man career, Gabriel wanted to score a goal himself, but acknowledged that he had not foreseen anything.
"To be honest, I did not count on the KO because I did not. I did not want to wear myself down, did not want my feelings to take control of the situation and make me tired," says Silva. "I was very, very focused. I talked to my coaches before the fight and they said, "Use your reach, keep your distance, and stay calm. Do what you do best, and that's what I did. I kept the distance and started to see some openings in his game. I threw some combos that landed and knocked him down. When I dropped him a second time, his corner stopped the fight.
The news Silva's victory surprised many as he flew completely under the radar. You can imagine that the son of a legend like Anderson Silva, who is fighting for the first time, is promoted by the promotion or shared by the UFC fighter, but Gabriel has decided to treat it as a family secret.
"I wanted that moment to focus on myself and avoid any kind of distraction," says Silva. "This is a one-way street for me, so my family was the only person who knew about this fight, I did not even tell my friends about it, it was about me to know exactly how it is."
"The Spider" was not in his corner, in the arena or even in the country that night. In China, Silva called his son for a movie deal to tell him how proud he was. On his Instagram page, he wrote: "I've seen a lot of you today."
"Man, it's exciting (to read that) because it's something passed from father to son, like an heir" Silva said. "It's something really exciting, my dad is my hero not only as a fighter, but as a dad, too, hearing those words, man, was invaluable."
If he's not good at keeping things secret Silva's next performances will no longer fly under the radar. He is not sure yet what his next step will be, but amateur boxing, a Jiu-Jitsu match, another amateur boxing match against Muay Thai or even a MMA fight for amateurs are all possibilities.
The goal, he explains, is to gain as much experience as possible before turning into a professional MMA in 2021. Gabriel is slightly taller than his 6ft3 father and expects to have a welterweight or middleweight in about 18 months.
Father-son duos are not so common in modern MMA, at least not in the upper levels of the sport. Randy and Ryan Couture have participated in the UFC. Kron Gracie tracked Rickson's success in Japan before joining UFC, Antonio McKee and Bellator Star A.J. McKee and potential clients like Khonry Gracie and Kevin Ferguson Jr. are trying to live up to the names of their fathers, Royce Gracie and Kimbo Slice.
When this step is finally official, Gabriel knows that he will hear a lot of comparisons.  "That's inevitable," says Silva. I have a target on my back, but that's normal, it's happened to many people, my focus is on being myself, I do not have to prove to others how good I am, if I'm better than this other person, I have to do my best, that's the beauty of doing sports, training, training and training, learning from other people, how I've learned from my dad and others to go there and do my very best
"I see myself as a champion, it's inevitable," he adds, "I imagine that very much, I meditate and see it clearly, it's just a puzzle I have to learn This is the goal for me to be my best version, I see myself as a champion. "
If he fights as a middleweight, Gabriel could try to claim the UFC belt that his father claimed for so long. [1 9659024] "In a perfect world, that would be so cool," he laughs.
"The Spider" turned 44 in April and has won only once in the last eight fights. Since 2013, the veteran has experienced a severe leg fracture, multiple doping failures and some surprising defeats. Silva continues to give mixed signals for retirement and his son does not rule out playing with him on the same card one day.
"I've always imagined that," says Silva. "In a perfect world, it would be a nice end to his career, but I do not know."
While some fans and media encouraged the UFC legend to retire after breaking his leg in 2013 – and even as Silva himself revealed that his wife and children were trying to persuade him to hang up his gloves, Gabriel was the dissonant voice.
"Man, I think I was the only one at home who encouraged him to keep going," Silva said with a laugh. "If you have energy and love, if you still love what you do after almost 30 years, I think you should go on. He had many injuries, but never stopped going there and doing what he does, so I always supported him. I think I'm the only one at home telling him to keep going if he has the strength [laughs].
"If that fills his heart and makes him happy, he must do it."
Gabriel still has a long way to go before sports dreams become reality. The 22-year-old has yet to prove himself in a cage, but if he's part of a star-driven business and the son of a legend like "The Spider" is, it could shorten the path to a big promotion like the UFC.  The UFC does not usually make 1: 0 or 2: 0 fighters, but Silva's son? That's another scenario.
It would not be a surprise if Bellator jumped on him as soon as he showed interest in becoming a pro. For Gabriel, "Bellator or somewhere else, it makes no difference to me."
"I do not see it that way," Oh, because my dad was the best in UFC history when I had to go there Well, Silva says, "In my mind, I want to go there, because the They want to shine and prove themselves among the best – that is the goal of the UFC – to prove that I'm as good as my dad, that's for me … I would not say that it's irrelevant, but it's not something that comes to mind.My dad has built his story and now i have to build mine.
"Every time I run out in the morning, I remember that line, I've seen in a movie, a film about a son who continued his father's story: "The name will live forever." Even if I do not do the things he did in the same way, The name "Silva" will continue in the sport, which is my focus. "