While I like Dos Equis’ choice for ‘The Most Interesting Man’, if I had to choose, my pick would go to Anderson Silva. For the last 5-6 years the guy has fought his way to the top of the toughest organization in one of the toughest sports out there, mixed martial arts (MMA). I won’t bore you with an explanation of MMA, but I will say this, it’s a sport that’s just as brutal as hockey and rugby, just as technical as golf and boxing and is just as pretty as a final second, game winning fade away jumper in high definition slow motion.
Ever seen a Bruce Lee movie? If you can’t find one, don’t worry, go on YouTube and research Anderson Silva and his various highlight reels. Silva will go down in history as one the best fighters ever, period. While I remember seeing it, I was too young to understand the greatness of Michael Jordan during his tenure with the Chicago Bulls. Muhammed Ali and his greatness was well before my time. I’ve only heard stories about the greatness of Jim Brown and Wilt Chamberlain, I didn’t live it. Anderson Silva is just like those guys, an icon not only in his sport, but in sports as whole and his greatness has unfolded in the last decade.
‘Like Water’ is a documentary that is premeiring April 21st at the Tribeca Film Festival, check out the trailer. It follows Anderson Silva through the few months leading up to one of the toughest fights in his career. How often to do you get a chance to experience a candid portrait of a phenominal athlete in his prime? Should be good. Hopefully it’ll make it to a theatre near you and me.