Former UFC Middleweight champion and future hall of famer Anderson Silva is officially a citizen of the United States of America.
Brazilian-born Silva recently completed another item on his ever-shrinking bucket list during Tuesday’s ceremony in Los Angeles. Also taking the oath were Silva’s son and daughter, Kalyl and Kaory, though his wife Dayane and their three other children are still going through the naturalization process. “The Spider” was born in Sao Paolo but raised in Curitiba, Brazil.
“I feel very happy, you know, it’s a great moment for me and my family,” Silva said (via Associated Press). “I have my family in Brazil. I have my mom and my brothers in Brazil. But I think this is my country now.”
Silva (34-10, 1 NC, ) and his family currently live in Los Angeles, not far from where “The Spider” opened his Muay Thai College back in 2013. The 44 year-old striker has not competed since a technical knockout loss to Jared Cannonier back in May where he injured his leg after a landed leg kick. His return to the Octagon is currently still up in the air.