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Does Anderson Silva Want to Fight Anybody?

Anderson Silva is a tough nut to crack. We know he doesn’t want to fight friends, and we know he doesn’t want to fight guys he’s already beaten, and we know he doesn’t want to fight guys who got middleweight title shots in the UFC without ever competing in the UFC at that weight class. New #1 contender Chael Sonnen doesn’t fit into any of those categories, so you’d think there wouldn’t be a problem. But as Silva’s manager Ed Soares has proven, you can find an excuse to duck pretty much anybody:

"We’ve spoken with Chael on many occasions and have the utmost respect for him. He’s never really come across in this manner, and it’s obvious he’s just drumming up hype in hopes to get a bout with Anderson…We are fine if this is what the UFC wants, but if you look at this logistically, Sonnen should fight Demian Maia first. Demian beat [him] easily, by submission, so why not make them fight first, to determine who gets a shot at the title?…

It’s funny, but really, who actually listens to what Chael Sonnen has to say? The only time people listen is when he talks about Anderson. Who is he, really? If you walk down the street and you mention his name, does anyone really know who this guy is? Likely not, but if you mention Anderson Silva, people know the name…Chael’s also said a few things about Anderson’s choice of clothes and that he wears earrings, didn’t he? Sounds to us like he may have a crush on Anderson."

Let’s make one thing crystal clear: Sonnen is a Republican, and the only man he has a crush on is America’s Greatest Patriot. Also, Soares and Silva’s opponent-pickiness act is getting very stale. Sure, Sonnen took a loss four fights ago — it’s not that fans have forgotten about it, it’s just that Sonnen is coming off back-to-back wins over top-5 middleweights (something that Anderson hasn’t done himself in two years), which should rightfully earn him a shot at the belt. Don’t forget that Sonnen just kicked the ass of the guy who kicked Maia’s ass, which builds his case even further. And what would happen if Maia beat Sonnen again in their hypothetical #1 contender fight? Would he get a title shot, or would he first have to win a rematch against Nate Marquardt before Ed Soares is completely satisfied? And what if Nate won that fight? Jesus, where are my pills.

Soares’s argument is a silly one that you could use to discredit virtually any title contender: Urijah Faber should have to beat Mike Brown before he gets to fight Jose Aldo, and Frank Edgar should have to beat Gray Maynard before he earns a shot at BJ Penn. Unfortunately, that line of thinking would rob fans of frequent title fights that they might actually want to see. Whatever happened to just fighting whoever they put in front of you?

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The Hammer- February 11, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Ed Soares is a complete idiot!!!

First why would you talk bad about everyguy that your fighter is going to fight you make more money if your out there telling everyone that this guy is a second only to your fighter. also does this mean that in Soares's eyes all of anderson's fights have been bull shit i mean is he really the greatest like they claim if everyone he beats is just a can!?! and finally take a page out of the Fedor fight hype team and when you get a guy you think doesnt even deserve to be in the same state as you on fight night tell everyone he could beat everyone but you and even your fight with him will be close (ie. The Grim v Fedor)
ReX13- February 11, 2010 at 9:01 am
I'd like to state for the record that:

I like Canada. I like every Canadian i've ever met in person (admittedly not that many though), and all the women have been (at the very least) 7's. I think GSP is an awesome fighter and a good guy.


I also have a great deal of respect for anyone who is bilingual, and i would absolutely cut a great deal more slack to anyone who is posting in their second language.

Otherwise...potato nation seems to have little patience for idiots. We do not feed the trolls, and we do not suffer the fools.
rlh61- February 11, 2010 at 5:58 am

Amen, brother.


Here's the deal. The only way to get people to appreciate what you have to say about MMA is to clearly articulate it. I'm not saying you need to write a thesis, just clearly communicate coherent thoughts. So far, all I've been able to figure out is that you're from Canada, you like GSP, and you don't like to type out the word 'people'. Other than that, I know nothing of your MMA knowledge. And apparently we are all lying to ourselves about something, but none of us can figure out what that is.

ghostboner- February 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm
"o yea and i only speak english"

No, you don't, and that is the problem. What do I need to convince myself of? I don't know what the hell the first part was all about. I was just trying to point out in a slightly less confrontational manner that it is a bit hard to decipher what you are saying, and also that I would be willing to cut you some slack if English was your second language. That is all.
daniel.mtl- February 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm
@ghostboner nice dodging everything said, and yes you still couldnt understand what i said. i dont really care i'm not the person that you have to convice its your self, good luck with that

o yea and i only speak english
ghostboner- February 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm
@daniel.mtl - So are you really just a native French speaker and English is your second language? Because if so I will make fun of you 50% less from now on. But just fyi, it is pretty hard to understand what the hell you're saying.
Rampage Rules- February 10, 2010 at 9:46 am
The guys that are all of a sudden talking down on Silva need to stop,
first of all lets not forget even the best that Silva has beat he made them look like pop warner vs. NFL, he is on a completely different level all together so put down your mugs of Haterade you've been
drinking and get back to reality.
daniel.mtl- February 10, 2010 at 8:17 am
to much to respond to so only write few things. someone said ppl come here because they appreciate good writing. so ovs you care about "good writing" more than mma or els no one would respond back to me, they wouldnt care since they care about discussing mma more than writing, and there is ppl like that all the ppl that didnt give fuck and didnt comment back to me since they care about mma more. if you dont believe this your only lying to your self.

the comment about being a french Canadian d-bag are you jealous that we have the most beautiful women, best night life in the world fact, incredible food, the best hockey team in the world, just for laughs and GSP over here. how can you exclude him when he is quebecer to the max have you not seen his tattoo of flour de lis on his leg
Kadumel- February 10, 2010 at 6:29 am
Damn there are a lot of new names on here. 831 son still holding it down I see. In my opinion Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter in his division right now. He has a very well rounded skill set that I dont see anyone besting, that being said his weakness in the past has been guys getting him down and getting dominant position and even subbing him. Sonnen has a very good chance to get him to his back but can he do anything once he gets him there?
AgentoftheBat- February 9, 2010 at 9:16 pm
daniel.mtl is getting the attention he so desperately craves. I think the best thing to do is just stop responding. I know it's hard, because, God Damn, I just want to tell him what you guys already have, That his massive blocks of text that are one big run on sentence aren't even getting read, because it's like reading the ramblings of a retarded kid who just ate a handful of pixie stix. But a retarded kid has an excuse. he's fucking retarded. This guy is just an imbecile.

Now on to Silva...Does this guy even want to be a fighter anymore? Is sitting around in huge pimp jackets so awesome, that he just forgot how he got there? The guy destroys people so easily, that he should be fighting every other month, for christ sakes, especially with the long line of chumps they have thrown at him.

I'm rooting for whoever goes against him next. I want to see him lose. I think, deep down, we all do.
dogpt3- February 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm
and MJB, technically overeem has the belt but lets be realistic here, the only chance that fights happening is if its fought in a basement in thailand far away from drug tests. Besides if overeem leaves Japan who is gonna defend against godzilla
ithertz- February 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm
money...good fights...a jedi craves not these things
ithertz- February 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm
Call me an idiot, but Anderson is overrated
dogpt3- February 9, 2010 at 8:13 pm
Guys, you gotta leave Daniel.mtl alone. He's french its not his fault hes a total D-Bag, GSP is the exception not the rule when it comes to french Canadians.
Randy Pan- February 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

One of the Bens has a MFA in writing. People go to this mma-news site above others because they appreciate good writing. Your out-right refusal to leave intelligible comments (for example, your lack of punctuation or capitalization) makes it difficult to read your comments, and makes your online-persona come off as a young child trying to communicate with adults. You obviously don't give a shit about how awful stupid you sound, so you can expect the vast majority of people on this website to continuously make fun of you.

Silva v Belfort will be a good fight. Sonnen v Silva is a good match-up, as well.
mjb581- February 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm
>>>>Dogpt3.. fedor doesn't have the strikeforce HW belt
daniel.mtl- February 9, 2010 at 6:03 pm
wow so much hate to read love it i will get back at you guys 2morrow 2 tired and wow rex 13 you really know how to duck n dodge shit
rlh61- February 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I see what you are saying, and I agree. The 'illusion' you mention is the cornerstone of MMA math. Hell, that's part of what makes this sport so damn much fun!
halfbreed23- February 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm
CP, I know you were awesomely excited over Chael's performance against Nate the other night but calm the fuck down please. Anderson obviously doesn't duck anyone as he's stepped up to 205 twice to rock it out with nothing truly to gain. There is nothing wrong or incorrect with anything Soares says in that first paragraph.

imakeutap- February 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm
i dont see why u guys r not excited about chael vs spider. Him including Dan Henderson or Team Quest in general imo has the tools to beat Anderson which are strong wrestlers with sub defense, i.e. chael sonnen and hendo

and dont give me shit hendo got subbed!!! when he's not gassin his sub defense is way above average and the thats why spider choked out hendo so easily, look at the first round of that fight to prove what team quest has in store for anderson, not that anderson cant just study chaels fights and be ready, its not like its a secret

also even lindland, who everyone says sucks, at least recently, even had a great performance against a guy like fedor, that team hads some solid fighting fundamentals
Lateral Drop- February 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm
@rlh61 I was talking about the ILLUSION of competitiveness. I mean a couple days ago he was the same fighter he is now but many thought he might actually give AS a run for his money. Therefore that fight would have been easy to hype. Now its never going to be an important fight. Not anytime soon.
dogpt3- February 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm
@ Akileez - I completely feel that Silva is in a league of his own when it comes to striking, if he can pick apart Belfort then hopefully all the haters will stop crying about how Silva hasnt fought anyone legit. Cuz you know, raping F.G. obviously wasnt enough
Under Banga- February 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Hey daniel ....... SHUT THE FUCK UP !
That is all.
rlh61- February 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm
Lateral, I hear what you are saying, but if Nate deserved the shot before the Sonnen fight, he also should have beaten Sonnen. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Nate fan, but as ghostboner said, Sonnen deserves the shot...he earned it.

If Sonnen were to beat Silva ( I know, that's a huge IF, but we have to consider all possibilites) then a Marquardt/Silva fight becomes relevant again.

God I love MMA math...
Lateral Drop- February 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Marquardt should have gotten his shot BEFORE Sonnen disillusioned all his fans (especially me). Now once Silva beats Sonnen nobody is gonna care about Silva vs Marquardt. But before it would have been Silva's "Toughest challenge yet"

Assuming he gets past Vitor, which he will.