You’re not the only who’s sick and tired of all the drama between Alistair Overeem, Fedor Emelianenko, and their respective management organizations. Upon hearing that neither fighter was interested in fighting him this fall, Antonio Silva broke out of his usually quiet demeanor to blast both fighters for being “women” who’d rather be involved in “soap operas” than cage fights. From MMA Profit Advisor via MMA Mania:
“I come from Paraiba, in Brazil, where we don’t back down from things! I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me; you will never see me picking and choosing opponents. It’s sad when the heavyweight champion starts whining that he will only fight this guy or that. What kind of a professional is this guy? He is the champ, isn’t he? Why be afraid to fight me? And Fedor, one of the biggest legends in the sport. Is this how he got to be a legend, by declining fights?
I never disrespect any opponent, no matter what his record is or what the public thinks about him. To me, he merits respect just for stepping up there and facing off, but these guys are disappointing me. They are demonstrating that they are not deserving of my respect.
We are fighters, supposed to be some of the best in the world, and our job is to get up there, perform, and put on a good fight for the fans. I am ready to do this, just tell me who is next and I will be there. I am not a woman who wants to be involved in soap operas, looking forward to the next episode.
I think that STRIKEFORCE needs to put an end to this. Give me whoever and I will fight him, and, win or lose, people will know I came to fight that day and put my heart into it. To me, this is the only way.”
Amen, brother. If it only it was that simple… if only Strikeforce had the power to put an end to it.