While former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, may no longer hold the title after past Saturday’s loss. His 7 years straight of defending the middleweight title, was the longest running title holder in UFC history. In a sport where, any given day and some luck, anybody and also a legend can fall in the octagon.
Even with the 2nd round knockout loss to the 29 year old Chris Weidman, who is now 10-0 and is the new UFC middleweight champion. The older, 38 year old Anderson “The Spider” Silva will still go down as one of the most dominate fighter ever in the sport of MMA and will be remembered as a legend within the sport.
Anderson “The Spider” Silva is one of the only two Nike sponsored athletes in the MMA sport, who also includes current light heavyweight champion, Jon “Bones” Jones. So back in April, fallowing Jone’s title defense win against Chael Sonnen, Nike released a Jon “Bones” Jones edition of the Nike Free Trainer 5.0, which sold out very quickly.
Today, Nike just released it’s Anderson “The Spider” Silva inspired version of the latest Nike Free Trainer 3.0, which is fitting for “The Spider”, because of the similar spiderweb style of the flexible Kirum support design within the upper mid-foot construction, over the “University Gold” colored mesh of the Nike Free Trainer 3.0. A “University Gold” color that represents the country of this legendary Brazilian MMA fighter and often worn during his fights and training sessions.
The Nike Free Trainer 3.0 features a laser-cut upper, that’s extremely flexible yet durable material, called Kirum. It delivers a second-skin-like fit that moves with each stride. Larger openings are located where more flexibility is needed, while smaller openings offer greater support during intense workouts.
The footwear utilize the Cage-like upper with Dynamic Fit technology for flexibility and a custom glove-like fit and feel on the “Anderson Silva” Free Trainer 3.0 in a “Black/University Gold” colorway. Fitted with Nike’s popular Phylon midsole with sidewall wrap-up design for lightweight cushioning and support during side-to-side movements.
For more than 20 years, Nike has paved the way in training with products designed for elite athletic performance. In January 2013, the Nike Free Trainer 3.0 debut as the brand’s most advanced training shoe, fusing minimalism with stability and comfort.
Nike Training has evolved into a sophisticated blend of advanced footwear and apparel technologies for athletes worldwide to compete at their peak. The focus: zero distractions, lightweight, breathable, and working in harmony with the natural motion of the body.
With fabrications, innovations, and athlete insight, Nike’s training footwear has transformed for the future. The Nike Free Trainer 3.0 is designed for elite athletes at the forefront of multi-sport training. Weighing in at 9 ounces (men’s size 9), the shoe features a Dynamic Fit system that cradles the mid-foot, conforming to each athlete’s foot while providing superior lockdown during training.
“With advanced materials and articulated design, we’re able to dramatically reduce the weight and increase the flexibility of the Nike Free Trainer 3.0 without compromising strength,” said Laura Parrett, Nike Training footwear designer.
The Nike Free Trainer 3.0 blends innovative materials in the upper with the flexibility and benefits of Nike Free for increased natural motion. The mesh upper is designed with enforced polyurethane support, in the form of strand-like lines that increase and decrease with size over the shoe creating a pattern that is extremely supportive yet keeps the shoe flexible, lightweight, and breathable. The material protects against abrasion yet retains its pliability, providing a second skin-like feel as it moves with the natural biomechanics of the foot.
The midsole is another tangible example of Nike’s progression in training footwear. The Phylon midsole provides lightweight, responsive cushioning. This shoe is a 3.0 on the Nike Free rating scale, which means it offers great multi-directional flexibility and a low-to-the-ground fit and feel for a barefoot-like training experience. The low-to-the-ground design allows for maximum control. The sidewall wraps up the foot to cradle the heel and the mid-foot, helping to keep it stable during side-to-side and diagonal movements. Solid rubber pods at the heel and perimeter of the forefoot feature an aggressive delta-node pattern, providing traction and durability on multiple surfaces.
The new Nike Free Trainer 3.0 Limited Edition “Anderson Silva” version is available now online at Nike.com