Thiago Silva is many things. He’s a deadly, feared striker. He’s a top-level UFC athlete in a division that’s arguably the most competitive with the most prestigious championship in the entire UFC. He’s a knockout artist with an overwhelming majority of his 14 career wins coming by way of (T)KO. But Thiago Silva is also misunderstood, according to a new interview. Silva spoke at length about the perception he has as a violent man and fighter, and said that he knows what real violence is and that he enters the Octagon with a large amount of respect for the fighter he’s facing”¦ even if he fully intends to knock their head off of their shoulders. Here are all the details.

In a new interview with Tapology, the feared American Top Team product recently said the following: “I don’t consider myself a violent person. A violent person to me is someone who fights or kills another person for something stupid”¦ I have seen it and I don’t want any part of it”¦ My job is to train and to be prepared to fight when I’m suppose to”¦ Fighting is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenge between two men, and only the man who is stronger in all of these areas will win”¦ I love the challenges this sport offers. It is unlike any other.”

Thiago Silva is currently scheduled to face Brandon Vera on New Year’s Day as part of the stacked Pay-Per-View telecast of the upcoming UFC 125 “Resolution” event. Silva entered the UFC a flawless 9-0 and would go on to win his next four bouts, all by strikes, before being matched up with Lyoto Machida. Machida would go on to hand Silva the first loss and the first KO of his career. Silva emphatically rebounded with a stunning first-round KO over Keith Jardine, but recently faltered against Rashad Evans at UFC 108, a card notorious for its continued reworking due to a host of injuries that bizarrely all occurred in and around the same time of each other.

I admit to only being a mild fan of Thiago Silva, but with this interview he certainly gained a measure of respect from me. I think this is a great mentality to have, but as others have said, it’s a bit ironic to read about Silva claiming that he’s not a violent person, considering that this is a man most famous for doing a throat-cutting gesture after he brutally knocks his opponents unconscious.

Even with that in mind, I applaud Silva’s professionalism and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing him step into the Octagon against Brandon Vera. I think this is a match-up that sees both men at very interesting, very crucial crossroads in their careers. Silva needs another big KO to keep his name out there and stay at or near the top of the division. Vera needs a win or else he starts looking expendable in the eyes of the UFC, since Vera hasn’t won a fight in over a year. While I don’t think Thiago Silva is in a do-or-die situation, I do think that he’ll go into the fight with that kind of mentality simply because he wants to remain a top-level threat that badly. And make no mistake, Vera is most definitely in a do-or-die situation. So it should be a great fight.

And what about you, fans and friends? What do you think of Thiago Silva’s recent comments, and how do you see him matching up with Brandon “The Truth” Vera?

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