Silva vs. Belfort: “It’s not another fight”
February 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm #25220
I will post interesting tid bits for jackals who don’t want to read the whole thing. But this is definitely worth a read.
As a purveyor of many mma websites rarely do I get a substantial hidden nugget of perspective into particular fights. Usually you get to see the different takes by the many different bloggers out there, giving their spin on the same news.
In the Happy Hour podcast this week Ryan a guy who consumes MMA media for a living was perplexed by Tatame’s claim that this weekends middleweight title fight is being seen by Brazilians as “the fight of the century”. For most north americans Anderson Silva is seen as a perenial p4p great and Vitor as a somewhat capable relic from the first generation of mma.
That is not the perception held in Brazil, for lack of a better description Vitor is seen as the GSP/handsome ambassador of the sport. Where as Anderson has only started managing his image as a fighter in the last couple of fights. Silva may enjoy the accolades and praise he receives in the states but the man is damn near unheralded is his home country.
Considering his accomplishments in the UFC/premiere mma org on the planet that has to sting.
The article I posted is an in depth account of the history of the two fighters from the perspective of a Brazilian fan of the sport letting us North American fans know that this is not just another fight for these two, especially Anderson who will finally have the chance to prove he is a better fighter than Vitor. That perception is not held by those in Brazil who still hold Vitors old accomplishments in high regard along with his rollercoaster out of cage exploits such as his romance on a reality tv show with a playboy model, his sisters kidnapping etc.February 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm #113770
The Brazilians view of Belfort…in a nutshell
Vitor Belfort won the belt in 1997 at 19 years old. He was the phenomn and his popularity skyrocketed. Vitor Belfort influenced a generation, he was on the media 10 times more than any other brazilian fighter. His popularity was unanimous. Everybody wanted to be like Vitor Belfort, train jiu jitsu, and hit the weights. Vitor was marketed as a golden boy, a golden mine. He came from an above average wealth family, in Brazil you could easily put him in the minorities. He had everything, he was young, pretty, famous, godly phisique, the champion. Nothing compared to him.
Then when his sister disappeared, he got even more media attention, it became a national known drama happening live, he appeared on main television station from often making appeals for information on his sister. People empathised with him. You can find his appearances on Brazilian national television on youtube, hundreds of them.
Other fighters just appeared on closed televisions, or publishing magazines, but not Vitor Belfort. People admired him and some were jealous of him.
Totally different beginings for Andypants.
Anderson Silva was never the favorite puppy of Chute Boxe, its was an incredible camp and there he was just an average guy, a begginer, people were doing him a favour in letting him train there. He had to work on Macdonalds, serving a lot of rich kids, or playboys with their fancy clothes and arrogant behaviour, always looking down on him because he is black. Prejudice in the south states of Brazil is STRONG. He wasnt just black, he was poor, he was just another nobody with a very strong sense of self. He trained unbelievably hard, he did his best and still he didnt saw a light, an opportunity. He wasnt satisfied with the situation.
On Chute Box, Anderson won a few fights on a minor event in Curitiba, got a contract to fight on Shooto in Japan, after winning Shooto he got opportunity to fight on Pride and after he lost to Daiju Takase on Pride, UFC offered a contract to him wich was denied by Fedrigo for shady reasons (to keep with the shady deals he had with the Japanese, in UFC, Anderson would get paid directly in his name, but in Japan, who got the money was Rudimar and the fighters didnt even know what they were signing, so in order to keep that strong rule over the money and fighters Rudimar denied the opportunity of Andersons life at the time), Anderson discovered that and got pissed… not long after, him and many other fighters started to question the way Rudimar Fedrigo did things, a considerable group of Chute Boxe fighters were unsatisfied and left.
And 2007 the turning point for both guys
It was only in 2007 that the drama of his sister disappearance started to get settled. What happened basically is that they dont know for sure, one woman confessed, but in Brazil, woman end up confessing crimes of a bunch of men to protect them and stuff, so it does not proved anything and nothing happened, the mistery didnt got solved, but during this time or right after, they got an anonymous lead/information that felt very detailed/solid that his sister had been kidnapped, saw the faces of the kidnappers and end up killed, the actual story of how it all went is very sadistic and traumatic and its not the point of the thread, but knowing this was enough for him to get a closure on the episode, he could find peace, that was important to him. But in the meantime… Anderson’ lifes started to change as well, he was already kicking Rich Franklin ass for the second time, solidifying his position as the champion, and even before that we already started hearing being hyped as the P4P best fighter in the world.February 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm #113772
Thank you, this was a worth read. I have nothing funny to say, just praise.February 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm #113773
I still think the biggest MW fight in history, up until now, was Andy’s unification against Dan. But fuck this is going to be an awesome night.February 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm #113776
Wow, that’s really interesting. It actually makes a lot of sense. I can’t wait for this fight!February 6, 2011 at 1:43 am #113795
I feel all tingly.February 6, 2011 at 10:35 am #113815
^ So does Vitor.
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