Anderson or Achilles?

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Anderson Silva the Brazilian, number one rated fighter in MMA history and the UFC champion whose knockouts look like Morpheus from the matrix has fallen into recovery after a gruesome moment in UFC 168. The only man to reign champion holding sixteen consecutive wins including ten title defenses finally fell to a leg injury. A leg injury! Out of all of the serious dangers he faces during a fight the last injury you expect would be a broken fibula and tibia.

From a true hero to a fictional one, Anderson compares to Achilles in many ways. The Greek demi-god whose legendary battle skills in the Trojan War led him to believe that he was immortal. Unfortunately for the Greek hero he wasn’t fully immortal. When Achilles was a baby his mother dipped him into the river Styx knowing that it would make him immortal, but the heel that she held, to dip him in with was left vulnerable. The same way this Greek warrior did not believe he could be beat is the same way that our Brazilian hero did not believe he could lose. Even if he did lose, he would think it would be a dogfight and not a surprise leg check to snap his bones like a twig.

It all just comes to show that no matter who you are and what you have achieved, it can all be gone in a blink of an eye. Anderson used his leg kicks with out fear of opponents checking it because he was getting to cocky with is fighting career. Achilles was killed because he thought he was immortal from his great acts in battle, so the moment you think you are the best is the moment you will fall victim in any circumstance reality to mythology.

 

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