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Anderson Silva Is The World’s Best Employee

(‘Who shall I beat up for you, my friend?’)

Every company should be lucky enough to have a team player like Anderson Silva in their employ. You ask him to move up in weight and fight on short notice just to help you stick it to a competitor, and he doesn’t complain about overtime pay or make up an excuse about needing to go to his kid’s piano recital — he just does what needs doing.

In fact, he seems pretty unconcerned about the whole thing. He told’s Josh Gross recently that he’s walking around at 212 pounds and is ready to pitch in and do his part for the UFC’s global domination efforts:

“If the UFC asks me to do something, and it’s within my capability to do so, I’m going to do it,” he said. “I feel like I’m part of the UFC family and the head of the family asked me to fight. I’m in condition to fight, my coaches say I can fight — I’m going to fight. I want to do whatever I can to help make UFC the No. 1 event around the world like it is.”

Keep talking like that, Anderson, and Dana White’s going to show up at your house with flowers and an engagement ring.

Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, has a realistic though mathematically hazy take on the champ’s move up in weight.

“If he loses, hey that’s part of the game,” Soares said. “Someone’s going to lose. You got a 50 percent chance of losing. We’re really not looking at it that way. We’re up for the challenge … and we’re hoping that Anderson’s going to walk out with his hand raised. I have faith that he’s capable of doing that.”

Fifty percent chance of losing? I think Soares is confusing an MMA fight for a coin flip. Something tells me that Anderson Silva’s chances against James Irvin are slightly better than that.

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stoned assassin- July 21, 2008 at 3:54 pm
Some of you guys are shot!! The organization is a big part of a fight card, not for anything... you guys should give UFC credit where it is do! It made this Sport Tremendous! I have been fighting in MMA for yrs and no other organization made a sport so large in so little time!

As for Fighters, yes! They make the fight card, but some of these guys are underpaid and some of them arent! The ones that fight their hearts out should get more! Dana has been giving some nice bonus' for a great fight, sometimes even to the loser! Other guys are just whining bitches!

As for Andersen Silva! He's a ridiculous fighter, always learning and pushing himself. Rampage , he's done, i hope he gets better! Griffin will get choked the fuck out! Lyoto is great but cant strike like him! GSP, Henderson, Shogun, and BJ would be amazing fights for him! I cant wait for the next year of fights!
gvd- June 28, 2008 at 6:33 pm
I agree with you Gymbo! Nobody really cares what organization a fighter goes to fight in. It's all about the fighter. Hell, Anderson Silva could fight a county fair recorded on a crappy cell phone and everyone would tune in.
Trippin Ninja- June 18, 2008 at 11:50 am
I think it was a good move for Anderson, he wants to be challenged and this will certainly do that for him. After watching him fight Hendo I don't see any reason why he can't do well at LHW. I am salivating at the possible matchups that this move will create. How anyone could think this is a bad idea is beyond me. The short notice is for both fighters so I don't see how that favors Irvin. For all we know cutting from 212 to 185 could of been hurting his performance, he might do better at this weight since he won't have to focus on cutting weight as much.

As for Machida vs Silva, I would love to see this fight. I agree with C-Bus, I think Silva is one of the few fighters that will be able to give Machida a hard time.
Eugene- June 18, 2008 at 3:18 am
oops forgot name above
Anonymous- June 18, 2008 at 3:18 am
I believe Machida is #2 mostly because as I said everyone else in the top 10 besides Rampage have basically at best a 1 fight win streak. Machida is unbeaten and looks unbeatable.

Doubt him and Anderson meet up anyways since they are both in the same camp, plus I would think one of them have to knock off Rampage first, which might not happen. They would never meet up just to be the #1 contender. Plus I would think 1 more win by Machida would make him the next #1 contender if he isn't already. A super fight between GSP and Anderson might be to tempting for Anderson to stay at 205 as well, especially if Machida knocked off Rampage first. Plus the talk of Franklin moving to 205 might push the UFC to move Anderson back down for the superfight to avoid yet another Anderson beat down of their favorite posterboy of very recent memory. So many variables in the way.
Who Cares- June 18, 2008 at 3:03 am
@ anonymous

But who has machida beaten that is leaps and bounds above Anderson Silva???

Or who has Machida beaten that is leaps and bounds better then Hendo????
Who Cares- June 18, 2008 at 2:58 am
@ Eugene

Good points except Tito isn't a top 10 contender and hasn't been for some time. His last 4 wins were either him KO'ing Shamrock (OH BOY) or split decisions with TUF contestants.

And yes beating BJ Penn is impressive but you still haven't made a valid point to why he is #2 for LHW.

And basically what your point is that him beating Tito, Sokoujdou, Nakamura (sorry but he is not very good) and Sam Hoger (TUF LOSER!) oh and don't forget Veron White (this was the worst fight i ever watched too plus his record of 26-32-2) is why he is Number 2??? sorry man i really do think Machida is a good fighter but being 13-0 and fighting 1 fighter on the rise (sokoujou) in the last 3 years is just not enough for me to believe you should be #2 already that is all i am saying.
Anonymous- June 18, 2008 at 2:54 am
machida is leaps and bounds above any compitition aderson has ever fought.....yes dan included.
pocahotass- June 18, 2008 at 2:47 am
Fuck Machida- June 18, 2008 at 1:47 am
read my name =D Anderson Silva, Spider Monkey lookin' mutha fucka for the win.
Eugene- June 18, 2008 at 1:31 am
Machida is a counter puncher?! If counter punching means being the first guy to strike then masterfully avoiding the other guy's (ahem) counters, then yes he is a counter puncher?

Sokoudjou isn't a big name? Tito isn't a big name? Making both of them look like amateurs isn't reason enough? Nakamura?

Why wouldn't Machida be #2? Everyone else in the top 10 besides Rampage has at the least lost as many as they've won lately, some have lost more than they've won lately.

Sure he has 8 decisions in his 13-0 record. 8 UNANIMOUS decisions ie. no one has even come close to beating him.

That BJ fight you love to harp on happened 3 years ago and was Machida's 6th pro fight ever. BJ was also not fighting as a LW back then, he was fighting at 185 and 205, that particular fight was a Light Heavyweight fight. Unanimously beating BJ Penn (who was in his prime then and still is) in any weight class in your 6th fight ever is pretty impressive I would say.
Who Cares- June 17, 2008 at 11:35 pm
Again i will have to repost this till people finally realize that Lyoto "The Running Man" Machida is the most overrated fighter the world has ever seen.

His Record is 13-0 which seems nice, but only 3 KO's (1 by cut) and 2 submissions. That means if you can do Math 8 Decisions!

The only big named fighters he has beaten are Rich Franklin and that was almost 5 years ago, and BJ Penn who is a LW or WW at the most and that was over 3 years ago.

His last KO victory was over 2 1/2 years ago even.

So please, Don't hype a fighter for being so good when he can't even knock a LW out hell even submit the LW i know its BJ Penn but still you weight at least 30 to 40lbs more then him and you are supposed to be the #2 LHW in the world on most peoples rankings.

Yes Lyoto is a good fighter. He is fast as hell and is very good and counter punching but someone really needs to explain to me what he has done to prove he is the #2 LHW in the world.
Aaron from alaska- June 17, 2008 at 8:32 pm
YoMamma thank you thank you thank you, there is no way in hell Silva is gonna beat Rampage, I like them both but Rampage is half animal half amazing and would break silva if he even looked at him funny
YoMamma- June 17, 2008 at 7:17 pm
I loved that flying scissor heal hook that caused Anderson Silva to tap out. He wasn't playing his ghey guitar too much then. I also like that fact that Travis Lutter... Travis Lutter! got the full mount on Anderson Silva and was only unable to finish because he is a lazy slob that was dehydrated from trying to make weight. Anderson Silva will get destroyed by Rampage and The Axe Murderer. I hope he stays at 205 so everyone can watch. I even hope he fights Roy Jones and gets his brain rattled around. Hugs and kisses.
skidding- June 17, 2008 at 7:11 pm
Silva and Machida probably fight each other all the the gym that is. They are not going to fight each other in the cage, the same way Hendo and Matt Lindland woudn't fight each other being stablemates. Silva and Machida are also managed by the same guy.
Weak HW division- June 17, 2008 at 6:41 pm
Anderson cal hold 3 belts then :D
Dr.- June 17, 2008 at 6:40 pm
I'd love seeing Silva take The Sleepy Dragon out should that fight happen.
john- June 17, 2008 at 6:26 pm
ya'll are the only two that feel that way
Silva is a MMA god- June 17, 2008 at 6:16 pm
Silva is a 1st class athelete and he knows where the payday is going to be. Put yourself in Andersons shoes, you work for a company that has a real chance to absolutey monopolize. Silva has a vested interest in seeing the UFC do well its give and take. If he can draw some viewers away from the Affliction event and send them into ruin the UFC can continue to grow without any real competition. When the big money really starts flowing who do you think will be the first in line to receive an economic stimulis from Dana and the Fertitas. If you worked for cage potato and could find a way to dominate the mma forum buisness and get all the hits and advertisment money wouldn't you do the same. I still side with the UFC the Fertitas are just as saavy as their grandfather when he was running illegal casinos out of Galveston Tx. Or his son who the movie Casino is basically written about.
bird-dog- June 17, 2008 at 5:55 pm
i just want to say i love what the ufc is doing.... im going to buy the affliction ppv and DVR the fight night!
RED- June 17, 2008 at 5:50 pm
I bet Silva is doing this to pull out the "I helped you out on short notice, now let me box" card
TheFeniX- June 17, 2008 at 5:47 pm
@ C-Bus Allstar

Trust me: you aren't the only one who feels that way.
C-Bus Allstar- June 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm
I don't understand why I'm the only one that thinks Anderson Silva is probably one of the very FEW fighters that could fuck Machida's whole world up. Anderson Silva poses more problems for Machida than any other fighter he's faced so far. Anderson is the type that no matter how odd your style, no matter how off-beat your pace, he will find an opening, and when he does, he will strike, and strike hard and fast. I have a feeling that Machida would throw a leg kick, move away, then Silva would bull rush, land 2 or three solid punches, grab Machida in a Thai clench, and knee his fuckin teeth through the back of his throat.
Ryan- June 17, 2008 at 5:30 pm
I feel like this is a risky move for the Spider. If he's walking around at 212 then Irvin is certainly going to be bigger than he is, and he's not going to be in the best shape because of the short notice and the lack of need to cut weight. And what if he gets beat? On the off chance that happens is he going to stay as the big fish in a little 185 pound pond or get peed on by Wandy and Machida?
Mangy Dog- June 17, 2008 at 5:18 pm
Gymbo..the UFC does pay pretty damn well. What did Ortiz make in his last fight..$210K?

Some fighters may not make much, but if they prove themselves, they will.

Look at the WEC fights..Pulver made 33K and the other dude got 44K. The whole purse for all fights was a little more than Ortiz made is his last pathetic attempt at being a fighter.

People watch the UFC for the brand as they know they will see top quality fighters.

The heavyweight division always sucked. Silvia was always boring as hell to watch. Hopefully the next season of TUF will get some real heavyweights in.