Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva is no stranger to being on the receiving end of never-ending trash talk from his opponents.
After all, he did fight Chael Sonnen twice, which means he had to endure a double dosage of verbal attacks from "The American Gangster," like this one.
And as "The Spider" heads into the beginning stages of promoting his upcoming fight against Nick Diaz -- which is set to pop off on Jan. 31, 2015 at UFC 183 in Las Vegas, Nevada -- he doesn't anticipate a war of words with the Stockton slugger prior to the bout.
But during a recent press conference (video replay), Silva warned Diaz that if he plans to disrespect him, he better be prepared for the things that will happen as a result.
His words (via MMA Fighting):
"I'm very easygoing. I'm in a radical sport, for a lot of people it's a violent sport, but I'm a very easygoing guy. I think my work has nothing to do with my personality, but I don't like to be disrespected as a man. I think you need to have respect as an athlete and as a man. If he disrespects me, things are going to happen as they need to happen."
Georges St-Pierre knows all too well the type of fire Diaz is capable of spitting to promote a fight, as evidenced by this verbal tirade Nick unleashed on the former "pampered" welterweight champion prior to UFC 158.
Then again, Nick was all class before he and Carlos Condit went toe-to-toe at UFC 143, so there is no telling which persona will show up to all the pre-fight press conferences and interviews (if he even shows up at all).
Still, the former Strikeforce champion has never shown any ill will towards the Brazilian bomber, so maybe the trash talk will be non-existent, as predicted by Silva's manager Ed Soares.
What do you think?