Anderson Silva had one helluva training camp.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin, who fights Nick Diaz in the UFC 183 pay-per-view (PPV) main event this Saturday night (Jan. 31, 2015) in Las Vegas, Nevada, was the subject of much debate when a video surfaced of what appeared to be him knocking out his sparring partner, Douglas Moura.
Watch the replay here.
Not long after, rumors began to fly that a different sparring partner, undefeated light heavyweight Khalil Rountree, got some revenge by turning out the Brazilian's lights earlier this month in preparation for "The Spider's" long-awaited return to mixed martial arts (MMA).
MMA Fighting clears it up:
"Yeah," Silva said. "Khalil [Rountree] gave me a kick in the face. Boom."
When asked if the kick knocked him unconscious, Silva said it did.
"Yeah," he said. "Serious. When I finish the training, I go to paintball. I shoot at Khalil. I'm the best at paintball."
That's then when that broad smile came over Silva's face. He had gotten the reporters in attendance at the MGM Grand all worked up and he knew it.
After Soares told Silva "don't say that" in Portuguese, Silva said: "I'm joking, man."
Hopefully he won't be joking when the cage door closes on Saturday night in "Sin City," seeing as how Diaz is primarily a striker. And we saw what happened the last time the Brazilian tried to play funnyman inside the Octagon (see the grim reminder here).
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