Big Nog shares the tale of how Anderson Silva almost gave up fighting to run a car wash:
“In 2003, then unknown Anderson Silva visited a gym that I own in Curitiba. In the fight world, Anderson already had certain name, had fought in Brazil and Japan but wasn’t going on a good moment in the career. He had left Chute Boxe – where Mauricio Shogun and Wanderlei Silva were revealed for MMA – and was very disappointed with the sport,” Nog recalls.
“Anderson was received in the academy by cousin Marcio Mamá. The Spider said he enjoyed a lot my fights in Pride, main MMA promotion of that epoch, and spoke openly about his desillusion, the wish of giving up fighting professionally and about his financial setbacks. He even speculated the possibility of asking me money borrowed to run a car-wash in the suburg of Curitiba.”
“When I knew about Anderson’s visit and his plan of leaving the sport, I reacted immediately. I called my cousin and told him that we wouldn’t permit that Anderson changed his dream for a car-wash. I invited him to train with me in Rio de Janeiro and the rest of the history we already know, the guy turned out a legend.”
One loan away from losing out on millions and millions of dollars. Anderson is lucky he didn’t just go to a bank where they wouldn’t have pressured him to stay in fighting. Chris Leben, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, Forrest Griffin and James Irvin … not so lucky.