It’s hard to imagine the UFC today without the presence of middleweight champion Anderson Silva. However, “The Spider” came close to calling it a career years ago after struggling to find consistent success under the PRIDE banner. Fortunately, one of Silva’s friends intervened, convinced him to keep competing, and the rest is now history.

Silva spoke to Fuel TV recently where he recounted a conversation with legendary heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira shortly after being submitted by Ryo Chonan in 2004.

“The Nogueira brothers are part of my family. I love these guys because these guys helped me stay with my dream,” said Silva, explaining he approached “Minotauro” and told him he was done fighting only to be invited to a new camp and encouraged to stick with his chosen profession.

With some support in place, Silva went on to win nineteen of his next twenty tilts with the only exception involving a disqualification loss to Yushin Okami. The 38-year old Brazilian has won all sixteen of his scraps inside the Octagon including success against the likes of Chael Sonnen, Forrest Griffin, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, and Vitor Belfort.

The full interview with Silva can be seen below where he also discusses the impact martial arts had on his life: