Iconic scrapper Wanderlei Silva has never crossed paths with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva inside the cage but the two have trained together in years past and are certainly appreciative of the other’s accomplishments in MMA. Though “The Axe Murderer” has certainly achieved some incredible things in his sixteen-year career, few fighters if any have excelled to the point his countryman has.
“The Spider” has won sixteen straight fights in the UFC and dominated nearly every round he’s been in, a matter the PRIDE stand-out recently said was not coincidence but rather a testament to Silva’s approach to competition.
“I think every sport has a guy who is different. Soccer had Pele, Formula 1 had Ayrton Senna, and MMA has Anderson,” explained Silva in an interview with Sherdog. “He is different, but it did not start now. He trained at a gym in a small neighborhood in Curitiba and was very dedicated. You don’t make an Anderson Silva in one day. The lesson he leaves is the self-dedication. He who trains like Anderson Silva has many chances to be like him. Do not let success or the money that comes with winning change your mind. He has been a UFC champion for so long, and he still trains hard.”
“He’s on another level. He serves as an example for many people, for young fighters like Jon Jones,” he concluded on the 33-4 Silva.
As far as his own career, Silva stated he wants to now focus on fighting at 205 pounds or even catchweights slightly below that level but is done with middleweight for the time being. The grizzled brawler also mentioned he is healing up from some injuries, bulking up a bit, and expects to fight again in early 2013.
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