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 Si.com’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.