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Old 07-22-2008, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ed Soares: "Silva could even be a heavyweight"

ED SOARES: "HE COULD EVEN BE A HEAVYWEIGHT"

Ed Soares talks about Anderson Silva and his stable of fighters. Would Anderson take a fight with 205 champ Forrest Griffin? Will he continue at 205? Could he ever fight at heavyweight? Was Nogueira disrespected by Randy’s refusal to fight him? How did he get along with Mir while they filmed the new season of The Ultimate Fighter? What's up with Paulo’s comeback, Rampage’s current struggles and Lyoto’s path to a title. Ed also discussed how he came to own Sinister Brand clothing...interesting story.

His thoughts on Anderson's debut at light heavyweight...

"I knew he was going to come in well prepared. Anderson walks around at 220 pounds. Just his physique and the way his body is, even at 206 pounds, he still looked kind of skinny because that's just the way his physique is. That's just his body type. Who knows, he could even be a heavyweight maybe at some point in time."

"When I was in Brazil about two weeks before his fight right around July 4th, he was walking around at 215, 217 pounds and he was training with a 20 pound weight vest on because so many people, even he was a little bit concerned about how the extra weight would affect his speed and agility."

"He took the precautions and took the extra steps in his training to make sure that the weight wasn't going to make that big of a difference in his speed and agility and it was obvious by the punch you could see that the speed wasn't affected and also his power was much more powerful."

"He felt very comfortable at this weight."

"He wants to be involved in the biggest fights of MMA history. He wants every fight of his to become a historical fight."

"He wants to be involved in fights the world wants to see."

His thoughts on GSP fighting Anderson Silva...

"I think Georges St. Pierre is an incredible fighter, but I think Georges St. Pierre needs to prove himself a little bit in the welterweight division. He still hasn't had a successful title defense. That's great that people talk about it, but I don't really feel he deservest that yet. That's how I feel. Go defend your title a few times and then we'll talk."

On Nogueira's experience as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter...

"He liked the experience. He said that at times, it was a little bit of a pain in the ass, but overall, he enjoyed the experience. I think the thing he disliked about it the most is not being able to fight for such a long period of time."

His thoughts on Couture not wanting to fight Noguiera...

"In a wierd way, I kind of get where Randy's coming from....if he were to lose to Fedor, he lost against supposedly the most dominant man on the planet. If he lost to Antonio...you know, styles make fights and I think that potentially a fight against Nogueira could be stylistically less advantageous for Randy in comparison to someone like Fedor."

"I don't really take it as disrespect because Randy Couture is not the kind of guy that disrespects people. He's such a great person inside and outside of the ring."

Pretty good and long interview with Ed Soares talking about all of his fighters. Here's the audio interview:

http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content3088.html
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Anderson vs GSP should be at middleweight or a catch weight. That would be completely unfair for Silva to have to cut 15 extra pounds. IMO only person he should fight at HW is Fedor, and since that's unlikely he should just stay at 185.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good find, I agree completely with his GSP opinion.
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Good find, I agree completely with his GSP opinion.
Same here if GSP can defend his title 3 times and if Silva is still a dominant force at that time they should fight then
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Once he destroys Cote and Okami, he should move to LHW. He should ignore GSP, because GSP has no shot either.
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Great read.

It was great to see the kind of dedication AS put into his training for Irvin, a "B" level fighter. That kind of dedication when you are already at the top is what makes a great fighter a legend.

The only HW fight I think AS should take would be Fedor (a small HW) but it should be set at around 210 lbs. Not sure it would be a great fight, but damn would I love to see it.

GSP needs a few defense's, and besides he has unfinished business with BJ!

Couture has no excuse not to fight Nog, unless he wants one fight, against the best, and then he's done for good. Thats the only explanation I can think of for him not taking this fight. I think Nog is taking this right, Randy is not saying fighting Nog is beneath him, its just a bad idea for his "legacy."
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Good read. It would be awesome to see Fedor vs. Sylva. They both seem to have the same strengths. Phenomenal striking, and a a phenomenal ground game. Plus they both have a ton of power in their hands.

I think that is the dream fight of all dream fights.
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I am not really interested to see a Fedor vs Silva fight but I would like to see some more LHW matches from him. Lots of great fights to be had at LHW like Wandy, Shogun, Liddell, Thiago, Rampage, Forrest, etc.
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deff a great read. I too dont think GSP deserve's a fight against A. Silva right now. Also it wouldnt be fair for him to have to drop so much weight. A catchweight fight deems okay
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ED SOARES: "HE COULD EVEN BE A HEAVYWEIGHT"

"He wants to be involved in the biggest fights of MMA history. He wants every fight of his to become a historical fight."

"He wants to be involved in fights the world wants to see."

Then forget about Machida being a friend and fulfil your dreams.

We all know the most 'historical' fights are at LHW and the 'fights the world wants to see' are also at LHW. I think 2 or max 3 more defences at MW should be the end of his domination there.

Everyone falls off eventually, he should seek to achieve the most in his prime, if not I would bet my house he would regret it when he can no longer compete with the future best in the game.
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