Anderson Silva doesn’t want to fight Brazilians any more

Anderson Silva doesn’t want to fight Brazilians any more

Anderson the Artiste is at it again, shooting down future contenders because of this reason or that:

“I don’t think so,” Silva told Combate about the possibility of fighting Belfort again. “What was supposed to be done was done. Of course, we are employees of the UFC, but I don’t like to fight against Brazilians. I don’t see that possibility.”

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, a former Strikeforce champion, will probably never fight for the UFC title if Silva reclaims his gold at UFC 168.

“If I’m your friend, I’m your friend, and money or status won’t matter,” he said. “Honor is more worthy than life for me. ‘Jacare’ or another one, I wouldn’t like to fight a friend of mine. But that’s the thing. I’m in a position and I never had to take anything from anyone to get where I am today.”

Let’s not forget that Silva didn’t want to fight Chris Weidman either. In general he seems pretty unimpressed with the matchmaking he’s presented with – a legit complaint back when it was Patrick Cote and Thales Leites and James Irvin getting the call and still now when strange shit like Stephan Bonnar happens. But like it or not, Vitor Belfort is top dog at 185 after Silva and Weidman. If Jacare wins a few more, he’ll be in a similar position.

Fighters shouldn’t get to pick their opponents, and they certainly shouldn’t get to pick who they aren’t going to face. Champions should face all comers, something Silva has done. It’d just be nice if he wasn’t such a giant complainer about it.

  • brent brookhouse

    He never did.

    anderson silva is not only nationalist, he’s also a racist.
    All of his fights against other barzilians have been faint affairs,
    but his special animosity is reserved for white people.

    He’s displayed his disdain for lighter skinned people whenever possible.
    Most Infamously with the white mask at the belfort weighin.

    (I’ll be buried with my Weidman fanclub card!)

  • agentsmith

    ^ Probably because he grew up black and poor in a particularly racist area of a racist culture. My understanding is that folks without “good complexion” are told they need not apply for many jobs, so they often end up at McDonalds like Anderson. It’s not just black vs white, it’s poor vs rich. Silva came up the hard way, both in his private life and fighting career, while Belfort was a golden boy who came from money and had fame in Brazil WAY beyond any other fighter. Even when Silva was champ and Belfort was in the minor leagues (before coming back to the UFC), Belfort was still a huge celebrity in Brazil, which Silva naturally resented.

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