Anderson Silva: “I’ve Already Done Everything There is To Do”

July 4, 2013
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Anderson-Silva-UFC-148-pre-press-002-478x270UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has accomplished everything there is to accomplish in mixed martial arts. He has raised the bar and made us redefine what is considered greatness.  He has become the standard that all future fighters will be compared to and ultimately judged by. 

Silva (33-4) puts his undefeated UFC record and middleweight title on the line on Saturday against challenger Chris Weidman (9-0), but to Silva it’s just another fight.

“A fight is a fight, and this is another fight,” said Silva on a recent media conference call.

The 38-year-old Brazilian superstar has nothing left to prove and fights because it’s what he loves to do.

“Whatever I should have already done in the sport I’ve done.  Win or lose, I’ve already done everything there is to do and now it’s just a matter of doing what I love to do,” he said.

For Silva, the challenge isn’t his next opponent.  His challenge comes from within.

“Every new fight is a new challenge, and it’s really going to be up to whoever is better prepared and whoever feels better that night.  Win or lose, a loss and a win are always walking side by side, so that doesn’t really matter because I’ve been doing this since I was eight years old and there’s always new challenges.  There are always new things.  My biggest concern is going out there and doing better for myself.  I’m not concerned with what my opponents do.  I want to better myself and I want to overcome anything that I have,” said the champion.

“I don’t really train to think about my opponent.  I train to do what I do best and what I’ve been doing since I was a kid, which is fighting.  I train to overcome myself.  I train to satisfy myself, not to satisfy anyone else, so I’m not thinking about my opponent.  I’m thinking more about myself and overcoming myself and getting better at what I do,” he added.

Weidman, however, is only beginning to make his mark and establish his legacy.

“Weidman’s been wanting this fight for a while.  I’m sure that he’s going to be very well prepared and he’s going to be able to show on July 6 how bad he really wants this,” said Silva.  “For me, it’s to go out there, and regardless of win or lose, I want to go out there and do my job and I want to return home to my kids in one piece.”

Silva’s legacy is set no matter the outcome at UFC 162. He has a job to do and plans to do what he’s done for as long as he can remember.

“Everything extraordinary I could do in my career I believe I’ve done, and now it’s a matter of clocking in and doing my job and keep on fighting and doing what I’ve always done.”

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  • Sir_Roy

    Yikes … he almost sounds defeated in a sense, like he’s preemptively preparing for the worst. Consoling himself, and fans alike. I get what he’s saying, but it seems to be inserting the possibility of a loss at the worst possible moment … days before his title defense.

    • encoro-encuero

      I didn’t like his tone either. Maybe he just justifying a possible loss. Well, I hope we see the same Silva we used to see next saturday.

    • Baller31

      With how easily he defeats challengers, it has to be really hard for him to get motivated for each fight. Especially with the last fight they made him take…I mean, that was a joke. Hopefully he finds his motivation once he enters the octagon.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Have you won a title in two different divisions? No.

    Have you fought a top 5 fighter in a different division? No

    2. Vitor Belfort
    3. Chris Weidman
    4. Michael Bisping
    5. Mark Munoz
    6. Costa Philippou
    7. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
    8. Tim Boetsch
    9. Yushin Okami
    10. Luke Rockhold

    ^Not an impressive group.

    Move up to 205 and stop wasting time.

    • TheCerealKiller

      BTW, how does Chris Weidman ever get ranked for only fighting Munoz?

      • oowop

        maia and munoz i believe

        • TheCerealKiller

          Beating those two gets you ranked #2?????????

      • tyrone

        So weidman is only 1-0? Wow!!!! Its a miracle

    • geoff

      he beat forrest right after he lost the belt so that gives him a top 5 in lhw… and only 2 people have ever won titles in 2 weightclasses, and it was much easier back then

      • TheCerealKiller

        So he hasn’t done it all…

    • Baller31

      Henderson and Griffin, both were top 5 fighters at LHW. He beat Franklin, badly, and Franklin was a top mw for years. He ko’d Belfort…very impressive. He has the best win streak in UFC history. He was the first one to ko Bonnar, and did so easily. He has destroyed everyone put in front of him. That said, if he manages to win Saturday, I agree he needs to move up to 205 to challenge himself.

  • DamianCross

    We can sing Dana’s songs and make assumptions all day, but Anderson never avenged a single loss apart from Okami.

    • Baller31

      That’s because there is nothing to avenge. The Okami DQ was a joke, which he proved. The other losses were more than 9 years ago, and none of those guys are anywhere near the level of current UFC fighters.

    • TheCerealKiller

      “Dumbest statement of the Day” goes to you!

  • robc

    Damian, his other 3 losses are to Azeredo, who hasn’t fought in 2 years and boasted a whopping 15-10 record, Takase who despite having fought as recently as 6 months ago is running an 11-13 record and Chonan, arguably the most active guy he lost to with a 21-13 record who fights now at 170 (and has for awhile) but went 1-3 in the UFC.. There is no way any of these guys deserve a shot at Silva for losses that occurred in 2000, 2003, and 2004 respectively.

    Cereal Killer I agree with you that Sliva needs to move up to 205 and fight someone decent, Griffin simply wasn’t in his league. Mind you I noticed that Hendo wasn’t on your list… He is or was top 5 in both weight classes he fights in at any given time. That is realistically Silva’s biggest win in the UFC (Chael Sonnen notwithstanding).

  • diazfan209

    I thought Anderson was talking about his training, not his legacy…. obviously there’s more to do considering every additional win & title defense adds to that legacy.

  • tim

    except fight Jones

  • Rguan311

    Now he just has to bitch slap weidman and call it a day. Time for the spider to feed tomorrow night..

    • silvas daddy

      The spider will feed good tomorrow night, he will be eating many elbows from the “exterminator “weidman!!!

      • Rguan311

        Too bad weidmans pesticide consists of 100 percent hype not really effective in the real world.

  • Raymond Gonzalez

    He doesn’t care anymore. He did all there is to do in the sport. He’s still gonna beat Weidman, but it won’t really change anything. He sounds like a guy that’s sick of sacrificing everything and just wants to be with his kids. I’m sure he trained really hard for this fight and will come out with a W before contemplating retirement.