Anderson Silva: “I Just Have to Capitalize on (Chris Weidman’s) Mistakes”

June 24, 2013
94 Comments

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 82UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva puts his 17-fight winning streak and title on the line at UFC 162 on July 6 against Chris Weidman. Despite many people saying Weidman has the tools to challenge the champ, Silva says he is ready.

“The fight is the fight.  I’m ready for the fight for a long time,” Silva told UFC.com.  “I will be prepared to fight.”

In his seven-year title reign, Silva has beaten opponents by every way imaginable: front kicks, punches, knees, elbows, chokes.  Twenty of his 33 wins have been by knockout.  The champion attributes his success to his training.

“I believe you train 100-percent, your results will be 100-percent,” he said.  “Everything that I do in the fight are things that I’ve trained.”

The undefeated Weidman (9-0) is an accomplished grappler, while Silva is the most accurate precision striker the sport has ever seen.  It’s a classic contrasting styles match-up and Silva believes the fighter that is able to combine all aspects of fighting will emerge the winner.

“Weidman got good jiu-jitsu and great wrestling.  But he needs work with his stand-up,” said Silva.  “Wrestling is not my best strength.  And I need to work on my wrestling.  You have to be able to combine all the martial arts to be successful.”

Weidman describes Silva as an opportunist, and that’s exactly what he is.

“Every fighter commits mistakes.  I just have to look for the right opportunity to capitalize on his mistakes,” said the champion.  “Everyone has their strong points.”

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  • solo

    In the OCTAGON, GOAT sees everything different than any other fighter!
    Thats why he still will be undefeated after this fight.

  • JJ

    Yup, he analyzes his opponent the first couple of minutes then attacks with a quick jab like he knocked Griffin down with or a front kick. Everything he throws is quick and accurate!

    • disqus_RmPHJJgc6B

      mr JJ, you listen to Joe Rogan too much…its time to stick to reality and see what happened to SILVA in his own game.

  • JDMMA

    If Weidman fights like Sonnen “meaning he doesn’t give Anderson first few mins to Ananlyze him” he’d have a chance to do something otherwise he’d eat few hardest jabs ever and his game plan would be out the window

    • Dragon Kid

      Whether Weidman chooses to fight with TRT in his system remains to be seen.

      • Baller31

        When has Weidman ever used testosterone?? What an odd comment.

        • Lucas Freire

          It’s a reference to Silva x Sonnen first fight.

        • thestoebz

          Right over this kid’s head lol.

        • Brent

          He’s referring to “fighting like Sonnen”

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        And that would go for every other fighter who hasn’t failed a drug test for TRT usage. I have to defend Weidman on this one but I am curious to what makes you say such a thing.

      • Brent

        LMAO

  • james j

    Trying not to redundant, but Chris needs to attack Anderson fast and illicit a ground and pound from hell for 5 rounds.

    • http://mmacover.com/ Bryam Olivera

      thats not his only path to victory. He can also pass guard and submit

      • thestoebz

        Anderson has submitted more accomplished grapplers in ADCC/wrestling than Weed Man, and knocked out far better strikers.

        • Baller31

          He’s submitted two pure wrestlers in the UFC, that’s it. He wouldn’t even go to the ground with Maia. His ground game is not on the same level as Weidman. As for knocking out better strikers…name one guy he has knocked out whom has beat Weidman?

          • MuayThaiFood

            “As for knocking out better strikers…name one guy he has knocked out whom has beat Weidman?”

            Weidman is undefeated so I’m going to say….none? And that means what? They only share one common opponent. All that proves is that Anderson has been fighting much better competition.

          • WastedOnYou

            This isn’t rock, paper, scissors. Nothing is impossible, but probability is in favor of Silva winning. Weidman has had a long layoff and unlike Anderson he doesn’t seem to stay in “fighting” shape during his down time as displayed by his tremendous weight gain seen in interviews. Anything can happen, but my bet is on Anderson Silva via TKO in the 1st. Weidman will come out nervous and pay for it. The UFC should given him at least one or two fights coming back. It would have been fair to let him “warm up” against Hector Lombard or Yushin Okami.

          • Baller31

            What that means, and was meant to demonstrate, is that it’s not possible to validate the statement that Silva has ko’d better strikers.

          • thestoebz

            It’s not possible? I can guarantee you that Vitor Belfort would out-strike Chris Weidman at any time.

            That’s like saying you can’t prove Floyd Mayweather can’t out-strike Kenny Florian.

            Easy way to validate it is to watch them strike, or even better, get them to fight and prove it. You’re just reaching.

          • Baller31

            I don’t believe Belfort would out-strike Weidman. You do, but that is simply your subjective opinion, and you guaranteeing it doesn’t make it fact.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Well, it demonstrated nothing. As was mentioned by thestoebz, Vitor is a better striker than Weidman or anyone Weidman has fought.

          • Baller31

            Debate involves proving your thesis…so prove it. How do you know that he is a better striker? Has he beaten Weidman? Has he beaten someone who has beaten Weidman?

          • MuayThaiFood

            When an opinion is shared by the vast majority (and ever most Weidman fans would agree on the striking advantage of Silva) then that carries weight. But since you require cold hard facts then look at the fight metric stats from a common opponent, Maia.
            http://blog.fightmetric.com/2012/01/weidman-vs-maia-official-ufc-statistics.html

            http://blog.fightmetric.com/2010/08/silva-vs-maia-fightmetric-report.html

            And let’s remember that Maia laid on his back for a good portion of the fight.

          • Baller31

            First of all, the comment was that Silva had ko’d better strikers than Weidman, not that Silva was a better striker than Weidman. I don’t dispute that Silva is a better striker than Weidman, or than anyone in MMA. How good of a striker Weidman is, however, remains to be seen. He has outstruck every single opponent. So I think it is premature to say that he has ko’d better strikers than Weidman, especially since Weidman is undefeated. If you want to compare Silva and Weidman vs Maia for some reason, however, then strikes do not tell the whole story. Weidman had 10 days to prepare, and then took Maia down several times and attempted submissions. It was a competely different style of fight.

          • thestoebz

            So I’m guessing Lutter doing ADCC and other BJJ tournaments for A LOT LONGER than Chris Weidman isn’t more accomplished? Chris hasn’t even went gold in any, and they weren’t at Black Belt level, something Anderson has had since 06. Use your brain.

          • Baller31

            Anderson didn’t submit Lutter…obviously you didn’t watch the fight. Lutter tapped to elbows. Again, Weidman is better than Silva on the ground.

          • thestoebz

            Yeah, he only swept and destroyed him from being mounted. Maybe you just don’t roll so you don’t understand how good his BJJ is.

          • Baller31

            I understand exactly how good his jiu jitsu is and how it compares to that of Weidman…it is far inferior to Weidman’s. If you practiced jiu jitsu, and knew anything about competition, you would know that elbows to the head are not an accepted move in a jiu jitsu tournament. Come back when you get your blue belt. You do realize he spent most of 5 rounds beneath Sonnen in the first match, when Maia was able to submit Sonnen in one round? Also, where was Silva while Weidman was competing in ADCC? Oh yeah, he’s never been…I wonder why? You can talk about Silva’s striking and how great it is all day and I will listen, but when you start saying his ground game is as good or better than Weidman’s you stop making sense.

          • thestoebz

            Sorry I was rolling, wrestling, or doing MMA/Boxing sparring at K2L Grindhouse. Doubtful you’ve ever trained in ANY martial art, let alone MMA.

            And this isn’t a BJJ tourny, which is precisely what Anderson excels at relative to rookie Weidman. I’ll let Anderson do the talking in the ring, I’ll laugh when he knocks Weidman down with strikes and rear naked chokes him out.

            *INB4 Anderson Silva’s black belt for 7 years doesn’t matter*

          • Baller31

            First of all this column isn’t about you or I, but i did box and wrestle throughout high school and college, and have practiced mma as a hobby since then. I’m glad you found a local mma facility to play around at. Back to the point at hand…you stated AS had submitted ADCC competitors..which again is completely false. You also stated he had ko’d better strikers than Weidman, which is simply an opinion. In less than two weeks we will know who has the better ground game, and who is the better fighter.

          • thestoebz

            Sorry that Grindhouse has UFC fighters (James Krause just won FOTN and SOTN at UFC 161, Zak Cummings from TUF), and Bellator fighters. Yours has nothing, but I don’t care about that.

            And he DID submit Lutter, clown, he lost by elbows AND Triangle Choke. Learn to watch the fight before you spew ignorance.

            All I know is your little butt-buddy is going to get crushed within 10 minutes on July 6th. I’ll come to laugh and absorb your tears.

          • MuayThaiFood

            “You also stated he had ko’d better strikers than Weidman, which is simply an opinion.”

            An opinion shared by you and maybe Chris Weidman (probably only in public). The majority sees it otherwise though.

          • dathump

            how is tapping due to elbows not submitting?

          • Baller31

            Google striking. Then google submission. Elbows are not a joint lock or a choke hold. Lutter quit, he was not submitted. One could tap due to sudden onset diarrhea, and that also would not be a submission victory.

          • dathump

            “Submission (triangle choke with elbows)” is how it is listed, so you better call the UFC and tell them they are wrong and you are right. I have to agree with them tho, If he did not have the choke in position and was just elbows, sure TKO win, however if Lutter was in a triangle choke and tapped due to sudden onset diarrhea it would be deemed a submission victory.

          • Baller31

            They would have ruled it submission…tap due to strikes…whether he had him in a triangle or not. They always list taps due to strikes as submissions and not TKO’s, and there is a lot of debate about the terminology..some say it should be listed as a technical submission, some believe TKO. My opinion is that a submission should involve a chokehold or joint lock, as it does in jiu jitsu.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Good example, Lutter got beat on the ground. Am I missing something?

          • Lucas Freire

            Oh you’re right. Weidman submitted Bongfeldt and Lawlor.

            Weidman knocked out Uriah Hall and Munoz.

            How could someone possibly compare Anderson’s KO as Submissions to those, right?

          • dathump

            No, Maia could not get him to the ground. it was a MMA fight, not a BJJ grappling contest, If Maia wanted to get the fight to the ground, it is on him to put Silva there, Not lye on the mat and beg him to join him. To say Silva wouldn’t go to the ground with him. Why the he!! should he? It is more accurate to say Maia wouldn’t stand up with Silva.

          • Baller31

            Did you watch that farce of a fight? I guess it would be most accurate to say that silva didn’t want to stand up or go to the ground with Maia .

  • silvas daddy

    Silva used to train with munoz and munoz started getting better of silva pretty frequently,so much so that munoz started calling out silva.silvas response was, “we are friends, i dont understand this “. I say , if you a fighter, then fight! Silva was in beginning faze to duck munoz. Then weidman shocks the world with easy victory. Silvas response, i got to keep away from this monster, and ran for over a year til he seen weidman get major surgery. Weidman will still be too much for silva.weidman will be the “exterminator “!

    • natpaukar7

      can you provide an article to these claims?

      • bajafox

        He read it on the internet. As we all know, everything you read online has got to be true

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        His user name obviously shows he’s biased towards the man who has earned so much by dedicating his life to martial arts. I can understand not being a big fan of someone or maybe not liking them at all but to make a specific name. I don’t know.

    • Lucas Freire

      Rashad also claimed to get the better of Jon Jones.

      Really, you must be as delusional as Mark if you think he’d be able to defeat Silva.

      On training they train specific areas. There’s footage of Lyoto getting the best of Anderson on stand up and submitting him in training. You know why Lyoto doesn’t brag? It’s not because they are friends, but because they were TRAINING. Honestly, anyone who buys these words from Munoz must have never trained anything in their lives, or are just hating on Silva and looking for an excuse to say he’s ducking someone.

      Weidman has a chance to defeat Silva. Munoz? Don’t think so.

      • MuayThaiFood

        Well, I actually saw video of Steven Seagal schooling Anderson so I guess that speaks for itself. There are lots of guys who can beat Silva. The reason they don’t? He’s better at one thing…ducking.

        • thestoebz

          The reason they don’t is because it’s sparring and not an actual fight. I swear it’s like you guys have never rolled/sparred in your lives.

          • MuayThaiFood

            I swear it’s like you don’t know what sarcasm is.

      • tyrone

        Theres footage of munoz ragdolling silva.one must search

    • McArthur Brookings

      where do you get your lies?

  • BlackoutJ

    Just like many haters…anything or anyone with long success will be greeted with wishes of defeat and celebration of failure….wether it’s jones,silva and gsp in mma, Mayweather in boxing, world of Warcraft in mmo gaming..this concept is a human trait (crabs in the bucket) silva will stomp this dude out and launch his ass back down the bisbing/belfort gauntlet (which he won’t make it out of) btw belfort would kill this guy (truthfully speaking) and for the record he is NOT a better wrestler than chael…that’s absolutely ridiculous . His jujitsu is meaningless if he his standup is too inferior to get the fight to the ground…. 16 flukes ? Get real…silva is bigger,quicker more accurate, technical and most importantly EXPERIENCED. Get ready to fish up the next “great white hope” ….btw gsp is praying this goes bad..he wants NO PART of a silva super fight

    • Baller31

      Another human trait is to jump on the bandwagon of a popular champion, i.e. Silva, and to try and discredit any challenger. Is Weidman a better wrestler than Chael? They would need to wrestle each other to answer that question–but Weidman is undoubtedly better at striking and submissions than Chael, and if he gets Silva to the ground (which is very likely), Silva will have to fend off both gnp and submission attempts. Silva is not bigger. He is quicker. He is only more technical when it comes to striking. But hey, you are correct that Weidman is white…not sure how that is relevant though, unless you dislike white fighters in general.

      • thestoebz

        Hard not to have a “bandwagon” when you’re a grizzled veteran with a 16-0 record, most of which were title defenses. The whole time doing things most would think are nearly impossible, at nearly 40 years of age.

        • Baller31

          I’m not denying that he’s a great champion, exciting to watch, and in my opinion the second best fighter on the planet next to Jones. I just think Weidman is a bad matchup for him, and shouldn’t be so readily dismissed by the throngs of Silva fans.

          • Sir_Roy

            Agreed

      • MuayThaiFood

        Anderson Silva is a betting favorite at -280 which,incidentally, is where he was when he fought Sonnen the second time and we know how that went. The betting line is color blind and the smart money is on Silva.

        • Baller31

          The smart money was also on Tyson against Buster Douglas, and we all know how that went.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Yeah, we all know what an upset is but as you reiterated, the smart money was on Tyson. Tyson’s upset will have zero impact on the outcome of Silva vs Weidman btw.

          • Baller31

            Neither will the betting line, btw. Only two people can influence how this fight goes.

    • tyrone

      You must be bitter that the klitschkos are firmly grasping hw titles in boxing, and theres also more white champions in boxing than any other race,and now you put all your hope on silva as the “one “. He will be the one who loses

  • Sindre

    Weidman will only win if he can keep him down for 5 rounds or make a end on the ground…
    He will get bad beating on the feet sadly..:/

  • Sindre

    Weidman will only win if he can keep him down for 5 rounds with G&P or make a ending on Silva on the ground…
    He will get a bad beating if he stands and trades with Silva, sadly…:/

  • Tony

    @d62abac772a38f1d5fdd121c2c848945:disqus
    Man you had me up until you elaborated, (up to the crabs in the bucket) How do you know the spider will do all of what you say…do you have an Anderson crystal ball? Also, who says Chis wrestling isn’t better than Chael’s? Your statements appear to be in the area of Weidman just should quit before he starts. Do you teach this to others?…your kids?? I think every fighter that went up against a dominant champ heard ALL you bring, but thank God they had more common sense than to listen. Anderson Silva will not leave as a “GOAT” as he has not faced ALL the middle weights in the world …EVER. Like it or leave it, that’s just a fact. BTW to assume anybody (including whites) needs a champ their race or color, sounds to me you have WWWAAAYYY more to deal with than a possible shift of the belt. “Great White Hope” really??!! Good luck with your racism

    • WastedOnYou

      “Anderson Silva will not leave as a “GOAT”

      Then who is? You tell me who comes close? Who comes close to being the GOAT of the MW division in the UFC or even all of MMA? Who has faced AND finished the level of competition Anderson Silva has consistently? Defended a championship as many times? Who is the MW GOAT if not Anderson right now? You have Google at your fingers so use it.

      • Werdoomb

        First, you don’t have to face ALL the middleweights to be considered the MW GOAT. You just have to beat all the top dawgs. I would say finishing Chael, Belfort, Hendo, and Franklin = GOAT of the MW division since those guys are top dawgs of MW.

        Second, if you look closely at Anderson Silva’s record, he has only beaten 4 guys that are/were champ material. Okami, Marquardt, and Maia are solid wins but not win against champs. Travis Lutter, Chris Leben, and Thales Leites = Fujita, HMC, and Zulu. Maybe not…but the point is that those are not solid wins.

        Anderson is clearly the best MW of all time. But what must he do to solidify his standing as the GOAT of MMA?

        I would say he needs to go up to LHW and beat the top dawgs there. I don’t mean JBJ. I mean Gustafson, Teixeira, Evans, and other top 5 guys, granted Silva won’t fight Lyoto.

  • Tony

    @d7f390bdf9f44bd8f460ac1aff05a603:disqus
    Good for you bro!!

  • The Best Eva

    Anderson by stunning KO!!

  • fffrrr

    Silva is gonna kick his ass ans send him back to NY!!! crying and ashamed

    • disqus_RmPHJJgc6B

      You dislike chris or New York? why so much hate?

      • Werdoomb

        more like A.Silva nuthuggery.

        • thestoebz

          Sorry that we ain’t hugging your Uncle WERDUM, he was busy gassing out against a used-up Minotauro.

      • disqus_RmPHJJgc6B

        seems like SILVA going back to BRAZIL….lol

  • Magwheelz

    10-0

  • Mr. Cleo

    I see this fight going the way of Jose Aldo v Chad Money Mendes.

    Chad & Chris would have the wrestling advantage but the striking advantage would go to Aldo & Silva. Chad & Chris both want the takedown but Chris is gonna eat a knee like Mendes and get finished. Might not happen in rd. 1, maybe it happens in rd. 2 or 3.

    Chris is not going to be able to strike w/ Silva and thus his gameplan will be predictable. Chris is gonna try to close the distance in a hurry but Silva will be ready and won’t let him.

    • disqus_RmPHJJgc6B

      you were so wrong….does that mean your MMA knowledge is WEAK or you are die hard A.Silva Fan.?

  • b-soc

    To beat Anderson, you can’t make a mistake or leave an opening. That’s how he gets everyone – one little mistake, and he doesn’t let guys off the hook when he gets them in trouble. He’s got an iron chin, nobody’s ever come close to submitting him, people take him down, but he always survives. No disrespect to Chris Weidman – he is definitely one of the biggest challenges to Anderson, but IMO, his only path to victory is to take him down over and over and attempt to ground & pound. Standing with Anderson Silva is suicide. He’s not going to catch Anderson in a standing Gillotine, or catch him coming in wrecklessly with an elbow. I agree with Ed Soares in the video, if it was easy, he wouldn’t have 16 consecutive wins in the UFC and be the undefeated champion.

    • Werdoomb

      “he doesn’t let guys off the hook when he gets them in trouble”

      You sound dooomb. You are aware that Silva sometimes just goes for the kill instead of looking for opportunities like Machida.

  • disqus_RmPHJJgc6B

    only in america…american don’t support Americans,…in Brazil even if a weakest fighter fights jon jones all Brazilians will root for that fighter and bo0o0 jon jones….thats true chris chances of winning are very slim ,but at least we should give him some support as fellow countrymen…. only in america….hahahahah

    • MuayThaiFood

      This isn’t the Olympics. There are plenty of international players in the NBA. I don’t think it really matters does it?

      • Werdoomb

        3rd world countries with nothing to show for except certain international sports competitions tend to be overly nationalistic.

        Mexicans pronouns “Cain” as “Cah-In” even though Cain can’t even speak fluent Spanish.

        In the U.S., being overly nationalistic (example, chanting USA) is not looked too favorably upon. Same is true for any other developed nation.

        What does Brazil have? They got bananas, coconuts, BJJ, MMA, and soccer. And yeah, they are not even good at soccer anymore.

        It’s like venting frustration from 100 years of oppression by the western states. “VIVA LA BRAZIL!!!”

        • disqus_RmPHJJgc6B

          well said….and yes I agree with your vision.

        • thestoebz

          He speaks Spanish fluently, just not that well. You are mentally challenged.

  • dgs

    Even though I’m not a betting man, I would bet everything to my name Silva will win. Silva has WAY too much experience for the blowhard Weidman, there is nothing Weidman brings to the game Silva has not seen before. That being said, there are only three ways the nine pro fight blowhard can win:

    1. Five rounds of positional dominance – if he wins, a decision win with his wrestling, using positional dominance is the most likely way he’ll win.

    2. KO via ground and pound – getting a stoppage with ground pound is the next most likely way he’ll win. However, if Sonnen couldn’t do it with five rounds of top position dominance, I seriously doubt the far less experienced Weidman will either.

    3. A submission – the likelihood of Weidman winning in this fashion is slim to none.

    • Sir_Roy

      Experience is overrated. Skill, physical athleticism and heart are far, far more of import.

      Though I do agree with the three most likely ways Weidman can take this fight. And I do agree Silva is wily enough to trump all three of those likelihoods. That said, you’re definitely selling Weidman short. There is no fighter Silva has faced with Weidman’s skill set.

      • Werdoomb

        I agree.

        Weidman poses a unique threat to Silva, which is top wrestling + youth + punching power.

        Chael had the wrestling but not the youth or punching power. Hendo had the wrestling and punching power but not the youth.

        Chris Weidman is by far the most dangerous fighter Silva has ever faced. Yes, more dangerous than Hendo, Belfort, Chael, or Franklin, the four top fighters that Silva has beaten.

        • dgs

          My reply will probably not get read, but I completely disagree with your statement. Weidman has in no way proven himself as a fighter. I believe any of the four fighters you mentioned would defeat Weidman, just as I predict Silva will.

          I really don’t understand why some have formed the opinion that Weidman is Silva’s most dangerous opponent. Based on what, his nine pro fights against mostly no-name competition?

          • MuayThaiFood

            He’s definitely a threat but let’s not forget that “every” fighter that Anderson fights is his “most dangerous opponent to date”. That’s pre-fight hype. Siva’s record is not hype.

    • capanotherone

      Thank God you’re not a betting man.

  • dathump

    I find it funny how every time Silva fights, the story is the same. Change the names and dates, but Silva always seems to find a way. I don’t see Silva getting taken down like he did against Sonnen, its been almost 3 years since the first Sonnen fight, and to think that Silva hasn’t worked on takedown defence is crazy. Not to say Weidman doesn’t stand a chance, but Silva seems to be able to read what his opponent is going to do before they do. To say Weidman is a bad style matchup, I dont see it. Silva is a black belt in muay thai, jiu-jitsu, judo, Taekwondo, and a pro boxer, and has submitted top level wrestlers, so unless Weidman double legs and holds on for 5 rounds I dont see him being anything but another fighter Silva beat. I like Weidman as a fighter, but i think he jumped the gun on calling out Silva.

  • rdd08

    Americans have no pride in their fighters anymore. They just go for the best fighter and are too cowardly to root for the underdog. MAn this country sucks, cheering for a brazilian!!!!!! Probably because he’s black too.

    • Werdoomb

      Why can’t we just root for our favorite fighters regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity..etc.?

      No pride in their fighters? 3 of the 5 champions (HW to LW) are Americans. The UFC is an American company and regularly hire/promote American fighters. In fact, if anything, the UFC is US-centric the same way PRIDE was Japan-centric.

      So I am no idea what you are talking about breh.

      • yo pappy

        Whats a breh?

    • Dave

      Oh shut up you dumb ass racist prick! And you are probably one of those dumb, white MMA fans that support Weidman and Sonnon just because they are white!

      So, since YOU bring race into it, I guess Weidman is your great-white-hope to takeout that ‘black’ Brazilian you hate, Anderson Silva. LOL! And you talk about supporting race and USA fighters over another country, but I bet YOU supported the big mouth USA WHITE fighter, Chael Sonnon over the USA black man Jon Jones. In fact, I bet you hate Jon Jones, Ben Henderson, Demetrious Johnson, Cain Velasquez, and Anderson Silva because you’re a white MMA fan that just wants to see your ‘race’, NOT country success in MMA. BTW, the first three I named are USA UFC champions even though they are black! But yeah, keep rooting for Weidman and Sonnon because they are white like you, lololollolol. You dumb internet racist kill me.

      • Baller31

        When the hell did this column become about race?? I will agree that other countries support their fighters very strongly, while it seems the majority of the posters here are Silva fanboys. It kind of takes away the home field advantage that Silva and GSP enjoy when they are fighting in their countries. I am rooting for Weidman, and if Silva fought Jones, I would be rooting for Jones.