UFC 126: Anderson Silva Not In It For Fame Or Fortune, Just The Love Of It

January 31, 2011
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UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva

When Anderson Silva finally walks away from the UFC, he may go down as the greatest champion that ever set foot in the Octagon.

But for all the talk about his eventual retirement, Silva is more motivated than ever coming off a tough win over Chael Sonnen, preparing to face former training partner Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.

Training only in his home country of Brazil for the fight, Silva has a renewed vigor. His manager, Ed Soares, isn’t sure what in particular lit the fire under the UFC’s reigning middleweight champion, but the flame is white hot heading into Saturday night’s main event.

“He’s very motivated for this fight. I haven’t seen Anderson this motivated for a fight in a long time,” Soares told MMAWeekly Radio. “I don’t know what it is (that is motivating him for this fight). I just know that for one reason or another he’s very focused and motivated for this fight.

“He likes training in Brazil. At the end of the day, it’s his home, and he likes it. He wanted to be near his kids, especially during the holidays. It would have been difficult training in a foreign country, especially without your kids.”

Heading into his last fight, Silva was dealing with a sore rib suffered just a week out from his bout against Chael Sonnen. Following the fight, Silva took some much needed time off to recover and now that he’s at 100 percent it’s a whole new ballgame.

Some have speculated that there is some sort of rivalry or maybe pride on the line when the two Brazilians step into the Octagon. Soares downplays the chatter, but says there’s a definite mutual respect that could lead to a very exciting fight.

“I think Vitor respects Anderson a lot, his stand-up game. Vitor is a very good boxer, he’s got great hands, but Anderson’s got great hands also. Neither one has ever been knocked out. They both can take a good punch,” Soares commented. “Anderson’s got maybe a few more weapons standing up because he’s got the clinch, the knees, the kicks. Vitor has knees and kicks too, but I don’t think they’re as good as Anderson’s knees and kicks.

“But Vitor is a very dangerous guy and very technical. I think that it could be one of the greatest fights in middleweight history.”

Being a part of big fights is nothing new for Anderson Silva or Vitor Belfort. For Silva’s part, his second fight in the UFC was against Rich Franklin with the middleweight title on the line.

Since that time, Silva has either been in title fights or co-main event bouts throughout his UFC career. The fight with Belfort will be no different.

What is different however is Silva’s mentality. If he’s entering the twilight of his career, you couldn’t tell it to listen to him. Silva is having fun training and is excited to fight again, and a motivated yet carefree Anderson Silva could be the scariest fighter yet.

“I’m doing what I’m doing because I love doing it,” Silva said recently. “I’m well trained, I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, so I feel very natural. I’m not doing this for the fame, I’m not doing it for the money, I’m not doing it for the belt. I’m doing it because I love doing it.”

If all of the training pays off, Silva could walk out of UFC 126 with his 13th straight win in the Octagon, and ninth consecutive title defenses.

  • johnnylopes

    Clearly whoever wrote this story does not know Anderson Silva, or just fed to his bullshit. Anderson Silva is a mean person, he doesn’t even talk to the press so i dont know how you can say he such a humble person who loves the sport, everyone loves the sport – doesnt mean thats what hes in it for. Hes threatened by Vitor, and get your facts straight Anderson Silva is a douche asshole, i promise if you knew him personally you would understand… talented fighter, doesn’t care bout anyone but himself

  • julio23

    @johnny, if your saying this about anderson you must not know much about this sport, clearly Anderson Silva is the king of MMA , his record in the UFC says it all, he his a humble guy, he doesnt talk much shit, cuz people that talk shit get wat they deserve, like Sonnen!!! Im sure he will do alot in the octagon come feb 5…Anderson Silva Baby!!!!!! And For Vitor He Says hes gonna knock out Silva i doubt it good luck with that one…

  • johnnylopes

    he was the king of MMA in a Middleweight class with nobodiess, will see saturday, im not knockn his talent, im not denying his skill, but his past his prime, and the main thing im sayin is hes not a humble guy, he really is an asshole, go to Brazil and go see who they love, they love Vitor

  • Not sure why people think Vitor is such a big challenge for Anderson. Belfort is playing right into Silva’s game. The people that do best against Silva are wrestlers. The strikers he has faced he dispatches easily.

    Silva will win by knockout in the 1st

  • julio23

    @johnny..Anderson has been at the top of the UFC Throne since 2006 and no one hasnt beat him..Leben, Franklin twice, Lutter, Marquardt, Henderson, Leites, Cote, Irvin, Maia, Griffin, Sonnen ..All of those guys have tried and all have failed..Hes in His prime, Like When Michael Jordan was in his prime…im sure people in brazil liked Vitor but way back in the day, were in the present 2011, Anderson is The champ and thats that…if people like him more and if you think Vitor is humble why is he talking trash…cuz hes scared of Silvas talent..like Anderson Silva said “Even a Parrot can Talk”…So i say Silva is humble and keeping quiet and waiting to unleash in the octagon….