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Anderson Silva Wants “Cowardly” Okami


(Yushin Okami)

Who Anderson Silva should fight next is current debate among MMA fans. Silva himself seems bored with the weak competition and has even got his eye on going toe-to-toe with champion – or ex-champion – boxers. On the MMA side of things, the name that keeps popping up to fight Silva is Yushin Okami, the middleweight that beat The Spider via disqualification a little over two years ago in a Rumble on the Rock tournament. Silva spoke to Sherdog recently – via his manager, Ed Soares – and is non too pleased with the Okami win.

Silva was dominating the fight. When Silva went to his back, Okami got in some of his best strikes of the bout. But an upkick from The Spider connected with Okami’s mug, sending the fighter back. Troy “Rude Boy” Mandaloniz held Silva back from exacting more pain to Okami. Why did “Rude Boy” hold Silva back, you ask? He was the ref for the match. That’ll for sure be a question in Trivial Pursuit: MMA, so remember it. Anyway, Okami couldn’t recover and the DQ gave him the win.

Silva has a different point of view:

“I feel it was a cheap, cowardly way of winning,” a pointed Silva says more than two years after the scrap. “People that were there saw that he was in the condition to come back and keep fighting, and he didn’t.”

Silva says he doesn’t “really think much of anything of Okami,” but the Brazilian was more poised when stuck under Henderson than he is when discussing the Japanese fighter.

“It wasn’t really a fight,” Silva describes the disqualification loss before adding that he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore.

Anderson Silva has steamrolled guys like Dan Henderson, Chris Leben, Nathan Marquardt, Rich Franklin twice, and Travis Lutter in impressive fashion. And he didn’t seem pissed at them or think them cowardly. Yushin Okami might be in line to fight Silva in the very near future and Silva has been stewing over the DQ for over two years. R.I.P., Okami.

This could be an intriguing match-up. Both fighters have almost equal records – Silva has one less win than Okami at 21-4 – and you know how Dana White loves him some trash talk. With Silva verbalizing his desire for a challenge and looking at boxing guys like Roy Jones, Jr., coupled with his verbal bitch slap of Okami, the wheels on this one should start turning. Oh and the matter of that DQ win for Okami? Check it out. Was it warranted?

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jac- April 17, 2008 at 12:28 am
Wont loose my respect,Anderosn has every right to be pissed off,Hes jsut gunna come back and murder him now and ima be watching it
STUPID GEEKS SHUT UP!!!- March 12, 2008 at 5:45 pm
Don't believe me??? Go and see his pre fight interviews against Hendo, Lee Murray (the picture is the same: guys talking arrogantly while Silva plays the Nice Guy!!!)!!! Check out his fight against Hayato Sakurai: that's the greates display of respect I've ever seen inside a ring!!!
STUPID GEEKS SHUT UP!!!- March 12, 2008 at 5:40 pm
You IDIOTS always jump to the wrong side: Hendo was saying a lot of crap about Silva ("He only faced good match ups for him!" etc.) gets HUMILIATED in the ring and then you STUPID GEEKS talk like Silva was with the wrong attitude!! Silva didn't know that up-kicks were illegal in Rumble!! Okami acted as a PUSSY, cuz he was being OUTCLASSED and that was the only way he could win!!! Anderson disagrees with that attitude (cuz he is not a COWARD) and you NERDS start talking SHIT about him!! And above all: up-kicks should be LEGAL!! By the way, you guys are so DAMN IGNORANT that you are saying that Silva lacks of respect while he is one of the MOST RESPECTFUL FIGHTERS EVER!!!
Yo Yo Mother- March 12, 2008 at 10:06 am
What's with the if? I bumped into Okami at a bar last week, he told me he was going to fight Silva. They haven't announced it yet?
Valetudo- March 12, 2008 at 4:07 am
Isnt it that he is gonna be fighting at 205? uhm and i think okami doesnt stand a chance at all if he fights silva past or present.
ratinacage- March 12, 2008 at 3:27 am
why...r...upkicks...(to a grounded opponent)...illegal?
AnalAssAssin- March 12, 2008 at 2:03 am
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AnalAssAssin- March 12, 2008 at 2:02 am
I'm goin' down on Spider Monkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AnalAssAssin- March 12, 2008 at 1:44 am
Spider Monkey is goin down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Turd Ferguson- March 12, 2008 at 12:25 am
Silva is talking too much shit and it will catch up with him. He thinks just because he defended his belt a few times he is a total badass and wants to start trading blows with world class boxers.

I already dont like the guy, this just fuels my fire for hating him. I dont hate him because he is the champ, I hate him because he has an attitude problem.

Learn some respect or GTFO of the ring.

Jerkoff
Joey- March 11, 2008 at 10:41 pm
This situation looks alot like Liddell in the past 2 years. Unbeatable, no challenger, shit talking, etc... Then Rampage decked him and Chuck was all of a sudden old and beatable. Silva will lose soon, he has to with all the smack he is talking. The Okami loss was legit, the kick was illegal and it gave significant damage to his opponent. It doesn't matter if he could have come back to fight.
Peterw- March 11, 2008 at 10:38 pm
He has a right to be cocky though, he is the best in the world lol. But yea the kick to Yushin was illegal and he deserved the win for it.
fightfan- March 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm
and gay too ...
fightfan- March 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm
plus... I forgot to tell you that I'm poopslinging retard
fightfan- March 11, 2008 at 8:40 pm
Anderson's gonna put such a hurting on Okami.....Yushin's eye's will look straight when Silva's done with him
Kim Couture is a cunt- March 11, 2008 at 8:30 pm
I wouldn't want anything to do with Anderson in a closed space, specially if he was pissed at me.
perkedel- March 11, 2008 at 8:23 pm
Silva needs to shut up or he's going to start losing fans' respect. It was an illegal kick to Okami's mug. He knew it, Okami knew it, Rude Boy knew it, Bob Dole knew it, American people knew it.
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