Synopsis by Mark Deming
Anderson Silva is one of the leading stars of the Ultimate Fighting Challenge, the popular mixed-martial-arts franchise, and has held the UFC middleweight championship longer than any other competitor. Silva is a powerful and gifted athlete, but he doesn't fit the template created by many of his peers -- he's soft-spoken, philosophical and has little interest in talking about himself, even as his opponents try to goad him into trash talk. Silva's low-key persona has made him a controversial figure in the UFC, as fighters have expressed frustration with his attitude and UFC president Dana White has criticized Silva for his tactics and disinterest in promoting his own fights. Filmmaker Pablo Croce delivers an in-depth look at Anderson Silva inside and outside the cage in the documentary Like Water, which features a look at the champion as he trains for an upcoming bout, as well as his life at home with his wife and children. Like Water was an official selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
athlete, champion, controversial, martial-arts, mixed-martial-arts