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Full Translation of Anderson Silva’s New ‘Tatame’ Interview

This interview with Anderson Silva has been picking up some heat today over Silva’s statement that Lyoto Machida is the UFC’s true light-heavyweight champion, and that he doesn’t actually intend to make a run at the 205-pound title. (Dana White apparently didn’t get that memo.) The entire article seemed interesting, so we had our new Portuguese-speaking friend Luiz De Souza translate the entire thing for us. Enjoy.


Are you in Brazil or Las Vegas?
I’m in Brazil for a little more than a month. I’m here in Rio training.

What do you expect from this fight with James Irvin in the light-heavyweight division?
My training has been going pretty well. It’s a new experience that we are trying to do. I only train with people above my weight class, I have always trained this way. Lets wait and see how it goes. Coming out of my fights alive like I always do is something good, going back to my family is the most important thing. We made a chronogram of training and physical preparation, we studied it with some [knowledgeable] people, and we are going there to put it into practice, to see if everything we trained and innovated will work.

He said that you ran over the people from your weight class, and that he does not fear your game plan and that he will show you the reason why there are weight classes. What do you think of that?
I believe that weight classes exist for that reason, but when I used to fight in PRIDE there wasn’t a category up to 83kg (183lb) only 93kg (205lb), and I always fought in it. But I did not have the same physical and technical qualities I have today. It’s an experiment, we are doing it for many reasons, and one of them is because Dana White asked me to fight, and myself, along with my friends that help me a lot, have decided that it is doable. We’ll see, I will look to do my job like I have been doing regardless of the results, and I am going into it to test myself, to see if I can. If it turns out to be a positive result, it will mean that our experience plus our experiments worked. People own their own mouths, so he can say whatever he wants, and he is right about the reason for weight classes. I did not have the intention of going for this belt, this belt is Lyoto’s and he has proven that. I am going into this fight because I like to fight, I like challenges.

There is a rumor going around that your next fight will be against Yushin Okami… Is it true? What do you expect from this fight?
I haven’t confirmed that yet, but I believe it is possible. He won every fight he fought until now and gained credit to fight. We are still seeing how it would be. I don’t know how this fight would go, it is hard to say. It is a tough fight, he is a versatile athlete, he has great technical qualities. I think it would be a good fight, I would like it a lot.

The other fighter who people were saying that you were going to fight was Ricardo Almeida, who ended up losing to Patrick Cote. What did you think of that fight?
Every high level athlete has his ups and downs, he can win or lose, victory and defeat walk side by side. Unfortunately he lost and will have to get better. If we are to fight in the future it is a question of time, everyone is looking for his spot in the sun. I hope they keep having a lot of fighters so that I don’t lose my job.

What do you think of Cote as being another one getting in line to get the belt?
I think it is cool, the more athletes there are to test my technique, if I really deserve being the champion, the better it is. I will not be the champion forever, somebody will beat me, obviously, and that makes me stronger so that I can make the results positive. Winning or losing is there, walking side by side. I already lost, I’ve won, and there were times I didn’t fight. It won’t be anything out of this world for me if I lose. I train so that I can fight well. The result is the fruit grown from the job we did…More people will want to fight to get the belt, and I have to keep training to keep it.

Palhares had a great debut in his category and will now fight Dan Handerson. How do you think this fight will go?
I cannot say who will win. Logically, I want Palhares to win. He is young, and still has a lot to learn. Experience is very valuable to survive in the octagon. It will be a great fight, he will gain a lot of credit for it, and who knows, he might get a title shot in the near future. I hope he does great and I want him to win.

The UFC created Fight Night 14 to go against Affliction. What do you think of this event?
I do not think it is a dispute between the two, I think it is a way of showing how the sport is growing. The UFC has no competitor, UFC is the biggest in the world, so there is no dispute, and what happens is that unfortunately the two events are on the same date. UFC will broadcast on open television, which is very important for us and for the fans. I will do my job there.

What do you expect from Rogerio Minotauro’s fight in Affliction?
I expect him to win, like always. He is a person who has always helped me, I see him as a brother and he is doing very well, training strongly in the US with some people from Miami. The tendency is that he wins. Unfortunately we wont be together, he is preparing for his fight and so are we for ours, but we all want the best for him. We believe in his victory.

How is your academy in the U.S.?
It’s good, there are a lot of students, a lot of good things taking place, a lot of advertisement. We are very serious about it. Rodrigo (Minotauro) and Daniel Valverde are working in a very integral manner. Everyone is liking it. The tendency now is to open another one there in around 3 or 4 months.

What is the academy’s name?
“Team Nogueira.” I defend my team. It is the boss’s car [ed. note: this is some sort of Brazilian figure of speech, not a mis-translation] and I think it has to be kept that way, that will not change. We have always been together and that doesn’t change anything.

What do you expect from the title fight between Frank Mir and Minotauro?
I think it will be a good fight, it will be a good challenge for him. Frank Mir is coming from a win, he’s somebody who leaves no doubt about his capacity, he is a great fighter, but fighting against Rodrigo is complicated. We who train with him know that he always has a card under his sleeves. We really want him to win, and for sure he will do it.

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tut-tut- July 19, 2008 at 4:54 pm
Don't quite understand the problem with buttflies. Silva is a good fighter and should not feel compelled to learn a new language himself. I think good part of his training is made outside US (back home) and down there english is just as useless and portuguese is in the US. It is really not a bad thing... nobody that goes abroad to fight in places like Japan, Russia, Brasil,... do learn the local language as well.

Of course you do learn a few words here and there... now, if you wanna use your new few words in front of the cameras broadcasting to some millions of people is another issue... . Perhaps the guy is just don't want to. Perhaps buttflies should learn a new language as a way to improve his cultural background which seems quite limited (No guarantees here).
the fucin man- July 17, 2008 at 12:21 pm
what bitch what
the fuckin man- July 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm
Brett C- July 11, 2008 at 8:32 pm
You can't blame Dana for doing this, it is a good and correct business move protecting his valuable brand. What I don't agree with is how Rampage lost that fight last week, and I just hope that whatever ring rust was there is shaken off nextime because I just don't think that an in shape RJackson can be beat by Forrest.

Jesus Rampage don't you want to BE the champ? All he had to do in the 5th round was punch in, take down FG and hold him down and he retains belt. How hard is that?
Dana White- July 9, 2008 at 4:15 pm
Fucking pussies, perfect example.
C-Bus Allstar- July 9, 2008 at 11:35 am
@ Buttflies
You are exactly the kind of people Dana White was talking about in his radio interview. You're some kind of ex-jock that missed his shot at college and now sits in his mom's basement trolling and generally acting like a cock. Just so you know, nobody listens to your opinions because your opinions are assinine.

As for Silva.. I think he may be playing the "I'm just a fighter, I don't give a fuck about the politics" card here. He's trying to play like whatever the UFC is doing to Affliction with this show is none of his business and all he's here to do is beat the fuck outta somebody. That doesn't make him Dana White's bitch, it makes him a valuable UFC fighter. Someone who isn't afraid to step up to whatever challenge may get thrown their way.. Class act and a very loyal fighter.
Phil Magroin- July 9, 2008 at 2:57 am
I have no delusions about being good. Just commenting on how Silva thinks.
ButtFlies- July 9, 2008 at 2:39 am
@ Phil Magroin
Stop being such a fairy about whatever you are doing...nobody cares if your farting around in your white coat twise a week
ButtFlies- July 9, 2008 at 2:36 am
I really hate Anderson Silva, All his no enemies,, just peace, cant say anything bad about anyone topped off by his funny voice makes me hope hes gonna lose soon..sure he is a good fighter, but he sucks as a champ. UFC is american, most fans are american..learn the least a word.
Phil Magroin- July 8, 2008 at 10:51 pm
I think you are absolutely right. People that don't train at a straight up old school brasillian camp don't understand the closenit family mentality. guys that switch schools after getting their purple belt are looked down upon. A friend of mine that is in the army with me trains at GB, because i am Alliance we have never rolled together, yet we still remain friends. It's extreme and sometimes blind loyalty that goes way back.
Anonymous- July 8, 2008 at 10:26 pm
@ Ryan B, they've put plenty of good fights on for free. Remember UFC 75? Jackson vs. Henderson? Wasn't Crocop vs Gonzaga free also?
jakey- July 8, 2008 at 9:54 pm
Thanks for translation. The belt could be lyoto's (or thiagos) - dana isnt prepared to give them a shot though yet when there are BIG money title fights to be made in the division between the americans and wandy
Gracie Nuthugger- July 8, 2008 at 9:20 pm
Rickson Gracie is God
ADW- July 8, 2008 at 9:16 pm
You guys need to give Anderson some credit. I think that he is trying to stay neutral in the whole UFC vs Affliction thing. He is not Dana's bitch he just wants to fight and let bygones be bygones, which is a very smart move on his part. Other fighters should follow his example and pick their battles. Anderson is just worried about doing his job.
gracies suck ass- July 8, 2008 at 8:46 pm
Machida needs to learn what the fuck a "finish" is before he gets a title shot,
luke C- July 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm
lyoto has faced some game oppents knocked franklin the fuck out, but surprisingly from what Iv seen Bj penn even fought him and his little ass gave him his toughest fight to date
ruckus- July 8, 2008 at 8:36 pm
i think you're absolutely right nelson, i doubt even machida would want people walking around saying he was the "true" title holder if he hadn't actually won it.
DROP DEAD JACK- July 8, 2008 at 8:26 pm
I wouldn't talk like that Ryan B unless you would like for Anderson bust out of your computer and molest your face with knees. Besides Silva is a real class act.
Ryan B- July 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm
Ya, the two shows are convieniently on the same date. UFC just HAPPENS to be free.

You just turned into an EPIC DUMBASS, Anderson. You are now on the level of Ken Shamrock. YOU ARE DANA'S LITTLE BITCH, and Dana When was the last time they put on a free show with someone like Anderson fighting? They have never put on a free show with fighters that are this top notch.

A UFC PayPerView would definetly tapout to Affliction PayPerView, then try to deny it. Just like CB "Launch Pad McQuack" Dollaway tapped in the TUF Finale then still tries to deny it to this day.

UFC would deny losing to Affliction just like Tim Slyvia denied getting his arm broke by Frank Mir.
Nelson- July 8, 2008 at 7:36 pm
I think there seems to be a misunderstanding about Silva's comments. The thing people forget is that he has a stubborn refusal to fight people from his own camp. He has even stated in the past that he and Paulo Filho will never fight. With Machida as a member of Black House, the last thing Anderson would want to do is get in the way of Machida's run at the belt. By saying that the LHW title is "Machida's belt and he's proven that," Silva is stating that Lyoto has proven himself to be worthy of a title shot and is likely to beat whomever holds the title.
I seems like a statement of confidence in his teamate to me, as opposed to a misconception that Machida is the reigning champion.
KG- July 8, 2008 at 7:23 pm
I like Anderson, I really do.. but come on... the fights are "unfortunately on the same date" ?? Huh? Sure buddy... what a coincidence. Good ol' Anderson Silva is Dana Whites jock-puppet. Someone photoshop Silva's head on the body of Mr. Belvedere and put him in a scene serving Dana White some tea and scrumpets
gracies suck ass- July 8, 2008 at 7:08 pm
nog and silva training together should be banned under the geneva convention those guys are gonna rip someones arms off and stick them up someone elses asshole. Silva at 205 may go haywire though, I doubt Irvin jus gonna get walked over but you never know just what those knees'll do to someone till they start connecting. Thanks for the translation btw.
Clyde- July 8, 2008 at 7:04 pm
"I do not think it is a dispute between the two..."

Me neither Spidey. That Dana White's quite a guy, so concerned that we loyal UFC fans would have a long wait between PPVs and would have nothing to look foreward to, he puts this on for free.

He's my hero.

I can't remember who said, "Is it not enough that we succeed, we must also see to it that our enemies fail" but sometimes those words ring true.
Me- July 8, 2008 at 7:03 pm
This belt is Lyoto's? and he has proven that? I don't mind the way Lyoto fights, like many do, but he still needs to fight some top LHW's in the UFC. Tito doesn't count.