It’s not too often that Anderson Silva speaks to the media himself, so when he does, it’s usually work listening to.
Silva and his manager Ed Soares hit the radio waves recently for interviews with ESPN 1100 and ESPN 710. The topics: Chael Sonnen, Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones. One he hates, one he wants to fight and the other he rather be friends with. I’m sure you can guess which is which, but nevertheless here are the quotes.
“Yeah of course, Chael talks too much. He talked about my family. He’s got no respect for my wife. No respect for the people in Brazil. It’s a problem. I understand it’s a promotion, but this is no promotion. This is bad. I don’t like this. The people in Brazil don’t like this. It’s bad for the sport.”
“Georges is the best fighter in this sport. My opinion is it a great, great, great fight — me and Georges. I like Georges. He’s a good man. He’s a good guy for this sport, and he represents the sport [well] to all the people in Canada. Maybe one day this fight is the good fight.”
“No man. I see the start…the first time that Jon Jones [fought]. I’m seeing [him like me in] my first fight. I talked to Jon Jones maybe for three or four days when we stayed together in the UFC. I told him, ‘Hey man, you’re the best; this time you need to take your focus to training. You have more and more fights a year, but you no have opponents.’ A fight with Jon Jones, this is maybe no good. I’m in a different class. In my academy we have Rogerio Minotoro [Noguiera], Rafael Feijao and Lyoto Machida. All the guys are the same class [as Jon Jones]. One day I watched the first fight of Jon Jones [in the UFC] and I said, ‘I like this guy.’ He is great. I like it. He has the old positions. I like it. I don’t know. A fight with me is just no good fight.”
In a perfect world, Silva would finish out his career with those three fights, but unfortunately the only we’re probably going to get is Chael Sonnen.
Silva vs. GSP would still be fun, but it really feels like that ship has sailed and GSP never seemed to be too crazy about it anyways.
As for Jones-Silva, Jones did say he would fight Silva if that’s what everyone wanted, so maybe Silva will pull a Rashad and get all offended. Doubtful, but we can always hope!
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