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Old 07-10-2011, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anderson Silva Interview: Brazil, Soccer, Chael Sonnen

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We got a close-up look at Anderson Silva toiling away at the Nogueira brothersí training center in preparation for his August 27 fight with Yushin Okami at UFC Rio. Alongside beasts like Erick Silva Ė who will also see action at the big Rio de Janeiro event Ė, Rafael Feij„o and Paulo Bananada, the ďSpiderĒ received his instruction from Josuel Distak and Ramon Lemos while sparring. Afterwards, he didnít even towel off the sweat before having a chat with GRACIEMAG.com, then continuing the conversation while hitching a ride to the Barra da Tijuca part of the city. Check out what the superstar had to say, addressing the latest news from his side and responding to contentious statements made by his last opponent, Chael Sonnen. And donít miss the exclusive picture gallery!


How significant is the UFCís return to Brazil for the first time in ten years?

MMA is growing by leaps and bounds and gaining popularity. We have to be ever more serious about the work weíre doing in order for it to stay that way. The UFC coming here is really important for the big companies and sponsors to see and believe in this sport.

Youíre managed by former soccer star Ronaldo and represent Corinthians soccer club in the octagon. Do you feel MMA may one day have as many fans in Brazil as soccer does?

Getting up there with soccerÖ Soccer has its own parameters and numbers. I have friends on the soccer inside and from being around them Iíve realized itís something completely different in many respects, but I hope MMA gets close. In the United States, the UFC has managed to outdo American football, which is the biggest sporting event over there. We have to try and come close to doing that here. Beating soccer is impossible, but it would be great just to come close and get a similar level of recognition.

You always admitted to being a Corinthians fan, even tried to play for them. How do you feel now that you represent the ďTim„oĒ when you fight?

I was born in S„o Paulo [Corinthians is the most popular team in S„o Paulo] and moved to Curitiba when I was four but Iíve been a Corinthians fan ever since I was a kid. Life works in funny ways. I lived in S„o Paulo with my dad for a year and tried out for the Corinthians. Everything ended up going wrong, I didnít make the cut, but I stuck around at Corinthians training boxing with Coach Vitor Ribeiro. Iím blessed, as now Iíve joined the ranks, I got to meet Ronaldo and have this relationship with the club together with 9ine [Ronaldo's marketing firm]. Thank God itís all working out and weíre reaping the rewards. My greatest frustration was always that I didnít make it as a soccer player, and now I get to represent the Corinthians in a different way. Itís really gratifying.

You broke barriers, gained exposure in the mass media, and your agenda is always packed. Does that get in the way of training?

We try keeping a balance between outside commitments and my work as a professional fighter, and itís going smoothly. Iím working with super professional people and weíve managed to put everything in order, always as a team. Itís been great, man. I feel this business of breaking barriers in other sectors of society when it comes to fighting has been going on for some time now. Thereís the example of Master Rickson [Gracie] and other fighters. We just have to keep it up, keep working to get our sport to where it should be.

Do you feel greater responsibility now youíll be fighting in Brazil for your next outing?

Iím chill, relaxed. Iím carrying on with my training and Iím focused. I donít feel any pressure, if just because Iíve always rose to this type of occasion in the past and Iím training to do it again: to handle all kinds of pressure in any situation. Of course, itís tough sometimes but I manage to keep focused and working on my objectives and goals. Master Pedro Rizzo just got back from Holland, so thereís that extra added energy now. Everythingís great.

Your last opponent, Chael Sonnen, recently made some derogatory statements about you, Brazilian fighters, and the Brazilian people. Do you have anything to say about that?

Man, what can I say about him? All of us, as Brazilians, get upset by his attitudes. We respect Americans, Japanese; we respect everybody. We have a tradition in this sport dating back many years and itís sad to see people not respecting that. But if they donít respect you in one way, they will in another. Weíll show our hegemony, our strength and heart in another way. Unfortunately, there are people living in the first world who arenít all that evolved. We have to show our intelligence, take in the good and filter out the bad.

Wow, managed by Ronaldo! Cool guy is Anderson, rooting for Okami though
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Man how tragic would it be if Andersons first lost in the UFC would be in his home country?
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We respect Americans, Japanese; we respect everybody. We have a tradition in this sport dating back many years and it’s sad to see people not respecting that.
here's a typical example of the respect and sportsmanship the Brazilians brought to the sport.



They learned those concepts when they learned that the Japanese fans valued them.
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here's a typical example of the respect and sportsmanship the Brazilians brought to the sport.



They learned those concepts when they learned that the Japanese fans valued them.
I agree.

If you list all the subs that were held on too long, and punches after the bell/ref stoppage etc... a large portion is from the Brazilians. I dont see why they shouldn't just take Sonnens comments on the chin and come back with some equally humorous retaliation. Considering they are a bunch of tough, mean bastards, you would think they would enjoy a bit of banter.
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Great Interview

Respectful Brazilian vs Lovely Japanese in Rio!!

Best Main Event in a long, long time!


Finally another World Stage without an American Shittalker.. Gonna take the sport even further!!
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Nate did throw a cheap shot punch after the fight was stopped. That is why he got kicked in the face but the spitting that is just F'ed up.
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It's Renzo being Renzo...the New York bad ass mentality. Now somebody like Falcao he's a bit of a nut. That reminds me whatever happened to Junie Browning...
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How is MMA outdoing American Football?

Maybe he means UFC > no NFL (lockout) lol
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How is MMA outdoing American Football?

Maybe he means UFC > no NFL (lockout) lol
Yea I was going to comment on that too. I like MMA more and know a few more that do, but right now MMA isn't even in the same league as football. It may have passed boxing, soccer, horse racing, Olympic sports etc., but one step at a time.

Otherwise a very insightful interview of Mr. Silva


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Man, what can I say about him? All of us, as Brazilians, get upset by his attitudes. We respect Americans, Japanese; we respect everybody. We have a tradition in this sport dating back many years and it’s sad to see people not respecting that. But if they don’t respect you in one way, they will in another. We’ll show our hegemony, our strength and heart in another way. Unfortunately, there are people living in the first world who aren’t all that evolved. We have to show our intelligence, take in the good and filter out the bad.
^ Great quote ^ This is why Anderson is awesome and Chael Sonnen sucks.
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