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Anderson Silva vs. Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons: The Next Great Grudge Match That MMA Fans Will Be Dying to See

(Photo via MMAMagazine.)  

The only thing that irks Dana White more than his fighters giving “pointless” interviews is when he misses the opportunity to exploit a grudge match between said fighters. Seriously, it keeps him up most nights and sometimes even causes fits of dizziness in the poor fellow. And unfortunately, now that the UFC has finished cashing in on their latest grudge match, there has been a void left behind in the lives of “true” MMA fans. You know, the ones who need fabricated storylines and endless trash-talk in order to find the sport exciting in the first place. People who think Brock Lesnar has obviously earned a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame, in other words.

Although a “much” “anticipated” “grudge match” between Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones is set to transpire any day now, recent events have pretty much dispelled any idea that those two actually hate each other, so no luck there. Enter Anderson Silva vs. Jose Landi-Jons: a bitter rivalry that dates back to the glory days of the Chute Box gym. Sure, most of these “true” fans have likely never heard of Landi-Jons despite his legendary status and longevity in the sport, but when they get ahold of the positively Diazian story involving “Pele” chasing old Andy through the streets of Brazil, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Twitter rally campaigns will be shortly behind (via Portal do Vale Tudo, translation via Sherdog):

Anderson was jogging in the company of a friend when Pelé, who was driving by the location, saw his enemy and decided to go back and confront him about stuff Anderson wrote about Pelé in his book. According to witnesses, the only reason they didn’t fight was because Anderson’s friend stopped them.

Jose: I saw him joggin in the runway, turned around and called him out for a fight. He said he would fight me, but soon came a car full of security guards, saying there would be no fight. Anderson started screaming, calling me a punk. I cursed him a lot as well and told him that he is the champion outside, but in Curitiba he is nothing. He always challenged me, I accepted and beat him twice, now I’m challenging him. I wish him a long life with the UFC belt that brings so much pride to the people of Curitiba, but I think we owe it to Curitiba: Anderson x Pele part 3, maybe in a UFC in Curitiba.

Despite being rivals in the 90s, when they fought twice under Muay Thai rules (with two decisions for Pele), Anderson Silva, Noguchi`s student, became part of Chute Boxe and started to dispute the number one spot in his weight class against Pelé. Both guys always remained rivals inside the Chute Boxe rings. After becoming a UFC champion, Anderson helped Pele in his trainings and, according to what Anderson has told friends, even financially. The quarrel between them happened after Landy read Anderson`s version about an episode in which Pelé splashed water on Anderson and his daughter driving the car over water. After reading the book, Pelé told PVT (the source website) that the story was not true, but Anderson has confirmed it many times. 

We can picture it now: Dana White books these two opposite one another on the next season of TUF: Brazil, spends some time telling the media that this fight is the one that fans want to see, a few missed press conferences, talks of Andy “unleashing the dark side,” and BOOM! Pay-per-view dynamite.

The fact that Landi-Jons is coming off a loss should all but seal the deal. Who you like for this one?

-J. Jones

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mookiestick- April 13, 2013 at 6:39 am
I don't particularly like Anderson Silva but I do like it very much a bit of a cheat. Jose to Pele Landis has absolutely no chance. Did you see you what Ellenberger did to him? If you think the Uriah Hall vs Adam Cella KO is bad you gotta see that Ellenberger vs Jose Pele Landis fight
RwilsonR- April 12, 2013 at 7:13 am
If this fight were to happen, I really hope that it would be prominently displayed on the screen who is wearing what color shorts. Otherwise I'd be very confused the whole fight. Does that make me racist?
Mr_Misanthropy- April 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm
Pele, he got no leg to stand on! We help him all the time! He need show us hespeck!
Billytk- April 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm
Sadly he's more deserving of a title shot then everyone else the UFC is giving them to recently
Thumblaster- April 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm
Good job rear naked spoon and fried taco, theirs something real funny about jesus cars and brazilians knocking back lasagna.
Thumblaster- April 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm
Nobody puts andy a corner.
LOKI- April 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm
Isnt Pele Andy's mentor? Andy was in his corner when Ellenburger litterally beat the puke out of him.
RearNakedSpoon- April 11, 2013 at 10:02 am
"Pelé splashed water on Anderson and his daughter driving the car over water."
"driving the car over water"
You crazy Brazilians with your Jesus cars.
towelie- April 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm
He must not have expect Jesus, bro.
Fried Taco- April 11, 2013 at 9:56 am
I foresee Pele winning the decision up through the 4th round, when he asks his corner for some water during the break and throws it on Silva's daughter, sitting ring side. Anderson charges at the bell, and does a leaping Bruce Lee style sidekick that separates Pele's head from his shoulders. Team Silva then goes out to celebrate by eating lasagna.