A lot of random Anderson Silva news hit the internet in the past couple days. Here’s a rundown…
— We’ll start with a report from Brazilian website Extra Globo. It claims that Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort will coach TUF Brazil, which Dana White confirmed over the weekend. It would be pretty shocking news if true considering Chael Sonnen is knocking on Anderson’s door and Vitor Belfort has done even less than Sonnen to deserve a rematch with Silva. But it’s not. UFC officials have already shot the report down, according to MMA Junkie. One unnamed official even said they haven’t had a single conversation about the coaches yet.
— Anderson Silva has teased retirement at least once a year for the past few years. Most recently, his manager Ed Soares said Silva only had four fights left in his career. Well, surprise, surprise, Silva has changed his mind once again. Silva now says he wants to fight well into his forties.
“I’ll fight for another six or seven years and then I’ll stop. I stopped to think about it and I’ll postpone my retirement for a little longer. Then I’ll think about TV. I guess it’s interesting”, said Anderson, who recently had a documentary launched and stared on a soap opera.
He may have changed his mind about retirement, but he hasn’t changed his tune on Chael Sonnen.
“He doesn’t deserve to fight me. The most important thing he didn’t do: defeating me. He was caught on the drug test, which was the worse,” Anderson said, making hard critics towards the American.
“I believe he shouldn’t be on the sport, because he has no emotional control. While trying to provoke me, he makes the sport looks bad. He made bad comments, offended me and my wife”, he said.
“In a recent interview on Brazilian TV show anchored by journalist Marilia Gabriela, Silva said he has no reason to offer Chael a rematch. However, ever since Brazilian TV network Globo – the biggest in the country – won its bid to broadcast the UFC and another installment of the event was confirmed for January 14 in Rio, a lot has been going on behind the scenes and pressure for the rematch to take place has been great.”
Taking Sonnen to Brazil might get him killed, but hey, at least they wouldn’t have any licensing issues to worry about!
All kidding aside, it was already going to be a stretch to get Silva to fight at Super Bowl weekend with his shoulder injury, so booking him weeks before that seems like a long shot, but we’ll see. They wouldn’t have any problems selling tickets, that’s for sure.
— And in the oddest piece of news, Anderson Silva is going to drive the official pace car for NASCAR’s Kobalt Tools 500 race on Sunday, Nov. 13.
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