“On the contrary to what people think, I was very, very motivated for the Patrick Cote fight. My motivation is to be one of the best mixed martial arts fighters of all time. With Thales, I’m very motivated for this fight, because everyone is always mentioning that I’m best pound-for-pound here or there, or one of the best fighters in the world. And having that type of label on me makes me very motivated. It motivates me to show my coaches and the world everything that I’ve trained to do in a fight…Thales Leites has obviously shown his performance and shown to the world that he deserves the title shot. He’s a very tough fighter, very well-rounded, very good on the ground. But I feel that I’m very well prepared for this fight. I’ve trained very hard, and I’m going to give it my all. The most important thing is for us to go out there and put on a good performance to the world, and the most important thing, whether I win or lose, is that this belt is gonna stay in Brazil.”
–Anderson Silva, via MMA Weekly, proclaims his motivation comes from the desire to be one of the best fighters in the world.
Thales Leites might want to petition the commission to allow him to wear body armor, because it sounds like Anderson is going to be on a mission Saturday night to silence all the critics from his Cote performance.