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Anderson Silva thinks Israel Adesanya represents an interesting and exciting challenge, but he pushed back on the Last Stylebender’s characterization of the fight as between Silva and a younger, better version of himself. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:
“Israel is a great fighter,” Silva said. “I think he’s super talented, he’s young, he has a brilliant future ahead in this sport. I believe he might be a version of him and he’ll become a better version of himself.
“I believe Israel is not my new version. But I think this fight is very interesting, because I believe this is the first time I have the opponent (with) the same style. That’s a good test for my martial arts skills.”
Silva also resisted comparison to basketball greats Michael Jordan and Lebron James, as Adesanya had compared them to.
“Michael Jordan and LeBron and Kobe (Bryant) is the next level. I’m normal guy, and Israel, too. But I believe this is great fight.”
Silva also opened up on his motivation to continue fighting, and revealed that his family have urged him to stop fighting, but he won’t listen.
“My legacy is trying to continue. It doesn’t matter how much old or not, because old is in your mind,” Silva said. “When people talk about, ‘Oh, you’re old’ – especially in my home, because my family, my kids say, ‘Dad, stop. You don’t need to prove nothing. Stop.’ And I say say, ‘OK, you have a dream you love, something – just do it.’ The Spider Kick team helped me a lot, and helped me with a new challenge and new energy to continue my legacy.”
‘Just do it’ doesn’t seem like a very well-reasoned rebuttal of his family’s valid points, but Anderson is doing what makes him happy, and it can be hard to argue with that. He is also convinced that he is not only going to win, but that he will fight for the title next.
“(White) said, ‘OK, if you win, you will fight for the belt,’” Silva said. “I said ‘OK, then you’ll have to give me the title shot, because I will win.’”
Will this confidence turn out to be optimism, or delusion? Some of that depends on what the 43-year-old Spider looks like on fight night. He thinks what people will see will be the ‘old Anderson’, presumably meaning not the Anderson that is old, but the Anderson of old.
“I think everybody is going to see the old Anderson, but more experienced,” Silva said. “I don’t have nothing to prove. I passed through different moments in the sport. I win, I lose. I have a lot of experience. I am just doing something for my fans. I am so happy to be back to fighting and I’m here. Every day I come to training and say, ‘Thank you God. Thank you for giving me one more opportunity to do something special.’”
Does Silva have one last special moment left against the best of the next generation? We will find out in the co-main event of UFC 234 in Australia, on February 9.
Someone had to do it.
I know he does a lot of talking on air... but still, how does Brendan Schaub not know Dan Hooker’s nationality?
I nominate Dan 'The English Zombie' Hooker as his rad new name.— Phil Mackenzie (@EvilGregJackson) December 18, 2018
Which raises the thought of other missed opportunities:
Marcus 'The English Hand Grenade' Davis
Mark 'The Super Englishman' Hunt
Chris 'All-English' Weidman
Tito 'The Stoke-Newington Bad Boy' Ortiz https://t.co/hWkqwm8Kbi
Muhammad Ali summing up how badass Jack Johnson was is amazing because he doesn’t even tell the half of it. Johnson was a pioneer far ahead of his time in many ways.
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This is an amazing story of Jack Johnson told by Mohammed Ali. Hard to imagine how different this world was 100 years ago ☹️. Inspirational hearing stories like these of one man that stood up against authority even though his life was at risk. So happy the dark ages are over and all races can be respected as human beings .
Happy birthday to Manny Pacquaio
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Speaking of boxing stars, according to Dave Meltzer, Canelo Alvarez didn’t do so well on DAZN this weekend in terms of ratings
Meltzer on Observer Radio today: "DAZN will never release numbers, but the viewers for the Canelo fight were shockingly low. SHOCKINGLY. A lot of money is being spent on this stuff...and the number of subscribers they got is SO SAD".— Fight Ghost (@Fight_Ghost) December 18, 2018
It is official! High risk, high reward fight for Zabit Magomedsharipov in Jeremy Stephens
Only a matter of time until someone leaps off the cage to drop this knee and finish an opponent in MMA:
I love Japanese TV, especially when it involves Tenshin Nasukawa
Floyd is fucked, not even FujiTV Chicken-man could land a glove on Tenshin pic.twitter.com/F8r59TQLGW— Latch-key-kid (@lukeuidswords) December 18, 2018
Combat sports for the rest of 2018, as the year ends with a bang:
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Lex Luthor is an awesome nickname
Front kick KOs are still cool
Speaking of karate moves
I hadn’t ever heard of this fight but it looks amazing
Hideo Tokoro vs Daisuke Nakamura, the fight that is always used as the example of how exciting grappling can be pic.twitter.com/QzqsJUrtE7— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) December 18, 2018
Down he goes...
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I’m not quite sure how Marcelo Garcia did this even after a few viewings
I missed this, but it looks like a pretty unbelievable case of someone telling on themselves online.