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Old 09-29-2010, 03:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Silva First Interview since Sonnen Result...says Nate will be Next MW Champ, and More

UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva has spoken for the first time about the failed drugs test carried out by his past opponent, Chael Sonnen, explaining that the situation is “unsportsmanlike” and that he’s looking for the California State Athletic Commission to make an example out of the American.

Speaking via BloodyElbow.com, Silva said:

“Actually, when the news came out I… I didn’t notice [during the fight], I couldn’t tell [he was on something]. It’s sad for the sport, I think it was an unsportsmanlike attitude. But the commissions will take care of this and I hope this serves as an example to other athletes as well.”

On whether it was the toughest fight of his career:

“No, my toughest fight in my career was against Hayato Sakurai in Shooto, my second toughest fight in my career was against Rich Franklin, it was a difficult fight for me. He’s a smart fighter, he knows the correct moments to throw the strikes and where they are effective.”

On the middleweight division and where his future lies:

“There are many great fighters in my weight class, in my opinion, Nathan [Marquardt] will be the next champion in my weight class. Demian [Maia] is also working his way up and could become champion in this weight class. Palhares is also maturing a lot with his past few fights. But in my opinion, Nathan [Marquardt] will be the next champion in this weight class.”

“Last time I spoke to Dana, he told me that the only way I’d fight at LHW again is if I was to move to LHW permanently, only fighting there. So for me, those who saw [me fighting at LHW], saw me, those who didn’t won’t get another chance to see that anymore.”

Sonnen has been served with a one-year suspension by the commission but will get his day in the sun to appeal in December when it’s thought more details will finally emerge. As for Silva, he’ll square off with fellow Brazilian, Vitor Belfort around the turn of the year for the middleweight crown.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What a bunch of bullshit.... can't stand this guy's fake gentleman crap. Sonnen was on something (we still don't know what because apparently the athletic commissions are some top secret orgs now), but it was clearly the toughest fight of Silva's career as Sonnen smashed Silva's bloated head into the canvas for 4.5+ rounds unlike anyone before.

Of course he can't admit that though, because Sonnen refuses to kiss his ass like Franklin does. lol at Franklin being his toughest fight. Don't worry, the moment you'll face another wrestler, one with a sub defence, we won't have to hear this nonsense about inferior strikers being your best competition. Because if that happens, they'll be scraping you off the mat with a mop.
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What a bunch of bullshit.... can't stand this guy's fake gentleman crap. Sonnen was on something (we still don't know what because apparently the athletic commissions are some top secret orgs now), but it was clearly the toughest fight of Silva's career as Sonnen smashed Silva's bloated head into the canvas for 4.5+ rounds unlike anyone before.

Of course he can't admit that, because Sonnen refuses to kiss his ass like Franklin does. lol at Franklin being his toughest fight.
U do know the two toughest fighters he is talking about are actually the hardest since both times he won the belt. I don't know about you but Rich Franklin was the MW king before As destroyed him. Sakurai was the shooto king with an 18-0 record when he enter the fight was AS. He defeated two champions for their belt with a combine record of 40-1. Title fights are normally the hardest especially when ur not the champ. Just like anyone that fights the champ right now AS it will be the toughest fight of their career.
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It's nice that he gives Rich respect.... but come on.

There is NO way in HELL Sonnen wasn't your toughest fight. You were half way to the police department to file a **** report before you hit that sub.
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It's nice that he gives Rich respect.... but come on.

There is NO way in HELL Sonnen wasn't your toughest fight. You were half way to the police department to file a **** report before you hit that sub.
I don't think he means tough as the outcome of the fight. I think in his POV on tough was the entire situation of a fight. He probably underestimated chael, but when he was fight rich for the belt i bet he was training and preparing best he can because those are title fights. He did receive an ass kicking from chael but he was a heavy favourite to win. In those title fights he was a nobody and the underdog and relatively unknown.
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U do know the two toughest fighters he is talking about are actually the hardest since both times he won the belt. I don't know about you but Rich Franklin was the MW king before As destroyed him. Sakurai was the shooto king with an 18-0 record when he enter the fight was AS. He defeated two champions for their belt with a combine record of 40-1. Title fights are normally the hardest especially when ur not the champ. Just like anyone that fights the champ right now AS it will be the toughest fight of their career.
No the toughest fights of someone's career are the toughest fights of someone's career ... i.e. ones where he got beat up the most and had to overcome the most adversity. Completely tearing apart a guy in Rd 1 who didn't so much as land a single damaging strike on him does not count as a "tough" fight.

Whether or not Franklin had the belt is irrelevant, every fighter Silva has fought since then has been a title contender and around the caliber level to touch that gold. Yeah, maybe there's some small mental pressure of being the underdog against an established champ, but in no way does that compare to a hungry challenger who ACTUALLY HAS the tools to beat you. I'll take mental pressure over a guy smashing my face into the canvas any day.
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im not saying two wrongs make a right but i can see where hes coming from. chael sonnen talked a ridiculous amount of trash before this face and lots of it was plain disrespectful, why would silva want to credit sonnen for anything?



and i dont get it, is he implying that nates gonna beat him? cant say i see that happening...
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No the toughest fights of someone's career are the toughest fights of someone's career ... i.e. ones where he got beat up the most and had to overcome the most adversity. Completely tearing apart a guy in Rd 1 who didn't so much as land a single damaging strike on him does not count as a "tough" fight.

Whether or not Franklin had the belt is irrelevant, every fighter Silva has fought since then has been a title contender and around the caliber level to touch that gold. Yeah, maybe there's some small mental pressure of being the underdog against an established champ, but in no way does that compare to a hungry challenger who ACTUALLY HAS the tools to beat you. I'll take mental pressure over a guy smashing my face into the canvas any day.
Yes but again look at his point of view we don't know how he was looking at chael as an opponent. He may have not trained his hardest etc. Plus he fought anyways against doctor order to sit. I bet if he goes in healthy and actually took chael seriously for the rematch that got cancel he would have made quick work. Once ur on top its easy to fall because u fell invisible and can beat anyone. U start counting corners etc from what got u there. Lidell,Gsp are prime examples losses woke them up to train harder etc. What i'm trying to say is when As fought for the belts he was probably mentally and physically prepared. Whereas against chael he probably cut corners and took the fight base that he knew he could beat chael injured,etc.

If Silva did it all over again vs. Chael came in healthy,etc i think he would make quick work of chael. They call him the spider for a reason that fight he lay on the ground did nothing waiting for his chance. Silva stand up lacked movement. When silva is healty he moves around both standing up and on the ground.
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anderson silva always came across as a fake douchebag anyways
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Yes but again look at his point of view we don't know how he was looking at chael as an opponent. He may have not trained his hardest etc. Plus he fought anyways against doctor order to sit. I bet if he goes in healthy and actually took chael seriously for the rematch that got cancel he would have made quick work. Once ur on top its easy to fall because u fell invisible and can beat anyone. U start counting corners etc from what got u there. Lidell,Gsp are prime examples losses woke them up to train harder etc. What i'm trying to say is when As fought for the belts he was probably mentally and physically prepared. Whereas against chael he probably cut corners and took the fight base that he knew he could beat chael injured,etc.

If Silva did it all over again vs. Chael came in healthy,etc i think he would make quick work of chael. They call him the spider for a reason that fight he lay on the ground did nothing waiting for his chance. Silva stand up lacked movement. When silva is healty he moves around both standing up and on the ground.
Maybe, but IMO The hypotheticals and excuses don't change the facts. Until he actually does fight either Sonnen or another accomplished wrestler, all this is just speculation. We've all known for a while Silva can't handle wrestling and it's proved to be his achilles heel.

As far as the GSP comparison goes, until GSP came back and smashed Serra, he gave him full credit for his win (barring a first "sour grapes" interview). He even refused to acknowledge his own interrim belt while Serra was injured until he re-fought the "true champ" Serra again. Whereas Silva has done the opposite and claimed BS pushover fights as his true tests. As I recall, Serra talked mad trash as well but GSP still stayed classy, even though Serra's win was far more flukey than Sonnen's 4.5 rd clinic.

Same with Liddell ... if you're talking about his comeback after the Randy loss, he did give Randy a lot of respect . And he never really came back from the Rampage loss and downslide.

The worst thing is he's not just sidestepping Sonnen who we can see talked a lot of shit. He's even side-stepping Hendo and Lutter, which were clearly his 2nd and 3rd toughest fights. It's like he only gives fake bullshit answers trying to sound grand by elevating guys like Franklin, whose souls he's clearly stolen and who walk around kissing his ass and asking to train with him. I love Franklin, but he never was and never will be a threat to Silva.

Neither Hendo nor Lutter were mesmerized by the Silva hype and actually tried to bring it, which is why he didn't acknowledge them either. This guy has a serious God complex.
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