Ed Soares, manager to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, among others, says "The Spider" is capable of losing just like any other mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, despite dominating the 185-pound weight class over the last seven years with relative ease.
After all, no one is "invincible."
Before you start screaming betrayal on Ed's part, he says that can only happen if Silva doesn't go into a fight healthy, focused and with a good training camp behind him. If he crosses off those items on his "to do" list, then no fighter can come close to beating him.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding, as Silva has run roughshod over the 185-pound division, leaving a trail of destruction behind him to the tune of 16 straight wins inside the Octagon, including 10 straight title defenses.
But, an unfocused Silva is beatable, as Soares explained on "The MMA Hour:"
"Anybody can go out there and put on a fight. Chris Weidman is undefeated, he's a tough guy and a fight is a fight, anything can happen. I believe in Anderson Silva. Anderson Silva is the best fighter on the planet. I think Anderson Silva is a bad fight for any fighter in any weight class. I'm not saying Anderson Silva is invincible. Anderson Silva can be beat just like anyone else can get beat. But I think if Anderson Silva goes in there well trained and focused, I don't think there's a fighter on the planet that can beat him."
Basically, if you want to have a chance at getting a win against Silva, you better hope he's been scarfing down whoppers, training with the junior varsity team and leaving his mind elsewhere come fight night.
That still might not be enough to topple the G.O.A.T.
While most fighters, according to UFC President Dana White, believe "All American" is going to be the one to end Silva's reign atop the middleweight mountain, the young challenger is coming off a shoulder injury with a full year off in between fights when he faces the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. And Anderson, despite popular belief, is 100-percent healthy, ahead of their "Sin City" showdown.
Is Soares getting his excuses lined up for Sunday morning, or just being realistic?