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Demian Maia: Steven Seagal-Anderson Silva relationship is all a lie

Steven Seagal Anderson SilvaSteven Seagal’s relationship with UFC fighter Anderson Silva is all a sham, according to another fighter.

Seagal is an MMA fighter and instructor who developed a successful career in the movies. Though he is most known for being an actor, Seagal is knowledgeable about the fight game and was even credited with helping Silva beat Vitor Belfort by teaching him a devastating front kick. Though the relationship between the two has been a notable storyline in MMA the past few years, Brazilian fighter Demian Maia told a Brazilian TV station that the relationship is fake.

“It’s a lie. It’s marketing,” Maia said, according to a translation by MMA.tv shared by Bloody Elbow. “Like every actor from Hollywood, when Seagal saw Anderson’s success, he glued himself to him. He was down on his career and made it up again. It worked because he appeared in the media again. He never taught Silva anything … For everyone who knows about it, it’s a joke.”

Allow me to call b.s. on Maia. Seagal said that Silva reached out to him in 2011. Was that just for marketing purposes? I’m sure marketing has a lot to do with it — Seagal has even gotten Silva into a movie — but why would it be so tough to believe that Seagal actually helped Silva with some moves? Maybe I’m a sucker and getting caught up in the story they’re trying to sell, but I do believe Seagal has helped Silva. I think Maia just has a negative thing with Silva after the way their fight at UFC 112 went three years ago.

Anderson Silva reportedly wants rematch with Chris Weidman

Anderson Silva Chris WeidmanAnderson Silva said after losing to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 last weekend that he was not interested in a rematch, but he may have already changed his mind.

According to Brazilian MMA reporter Guilherme Cruz, Lauro Jardim of Veja says Silva wants a rematch with Weidman for February 2014. Jardim is the editor-in-chief of Veja, which is Brazil’s largest magazine, per Cruz.

UFC boss Dana White said that he expected to have a rematch between the two for the New Year’s card, but Silva may prefer to push that back until the Super Bowl card.

Silva entered the UFC 162 fight having won 17 contests in a row, but he did not show enough respect to Weidman in the octagon. While Silva put on his customary show of ducking and dodging punches, he got caught by Weidman and was knocked out in the second round of their match. Weidman is a relative newcomer to UFC and 10-0 after his upset win. Sportsbooks have Silva has the slight favorite for the potential rematch.

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Anderson Silva knocked out by Chris Weidman while clowning around

Anderson Silva Chris WeidmanAnderson Silva was stunningly knocked out by challenger Chris Weidman during their middleight championship fight at UFC 162 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Silva is a big showman who often dances in the octagon and flaunts his superior fighting skills, but this time the display backfired. Less than two minutes into the second round, Silva dropped his hands to show off his ability to dodge punches. He avoided some punches, but Weidman caught with a left-right combination, knocking the champion to the ground. Weidman then jumped on Silva and referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight less than two minutes into the second round.

Jon Bones Jones, who has been discussed as a potential opponent for Silva, tweeted his disappointment with the outcome:

Silva was disappointed after the fight and said he did not want a rematch with Weidman. He even said he was not interested in fighting for the title again.

Something about the entire night seemed off. Before the fight, Dana White mentioned that Silva would get a rematch if he lost to Weidman. I’m not sure if White said that in response to a question, but it never made sense that that even came up. Silva has been awesome. He entered the contest on a 17-fight winning streak. Why would anyone plan on him losing? The whole thing just didn’t seem right, so it’s honestly not entirely surprising that the night ended with Silva getting knocked out.

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Anderson Silva does not think he could beat Jon Jones

Anderson Silva Jon Jones

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are widely considered to be the top two pound-for-pound fighters in MMA. They have each expressed reluctance to fight one another despite calls for them to meet.

Jones, a light heavyweight who may eventually move up to heavyweight, has said he will not move down in weight. He also said he and Silva have too much to lose by fighting each other. Silva has waffled on whether he would be open to facing Jones, and now we know the reason for his hesitance: he does not think he would beat Jones.

“Jon Jones, in his class, is the best,” Silva told MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle at a media luncheon on Monday. “If I fight Jon Jones, I’m don’t think I’m going to win.”

Silva told Doyle that he sees a lot of his younger self in Jones.

“He’s large. He’s young. But, in the fight, I see in Jon Jones, I see myself from a long time ago. He’s very smart.”

Silva also told Doyle that the only advantage he would give himself in a fight with Jones is experience.

Jones heard about Silva’s comments and responded over Twitter.

For all we know, Silva could have just been messing with Doyle, but I tend to think he was sharing his true thoughts on the fight. Jones is very similar to Silva. He is every bit as devastating, only he is younger, bigger, and stronger than the Spider. I probably wouldn’t be too interested in fighting Jones if I were him, either. GSP, though, is a much different story.

Is Anderson Silva injured? His camp and Dana White say no

Anderson SilvaAnderson Silva might have some injury concerns heading into his fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in Las Vegas.

Luis Prota of Esporte Interativo in Brazil reported that Silva may have a fractured rib that could put his status for the upcoming fight in jeopardy. The questions about Silva’s status may be slightly overblown, but Prota says a source at a clinic told him Silva came in to get X-rays on the rib.

According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, any reports about Silva not being able to compete at UFC 162 are inaccurate. Helwani reports that Silva’s camp says the fighter is totally fine and never suffered any rib injuries. Helwani also says UFC boss Dana White denies the report.

I’m guessing most of the excitement over this report came from the speculation that Silva could miss the event. That really seemed to be overblown. It seems like the only issue here is that Silva may just have a rib injury to watch out for heading into the fight. But this really is nothing new — most fighters have injuries entering their fights because of grueling training camps. The difference is we usually don’t find out about the injury until after the fight, if at all.

Weidman may now have a secret about what to target on Silva’s body in their fight. The real challenge, though, will be trying to actually catch The Spider.

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GSP denies report that he wants $50 million to fight Anderson Silva

Georges St-Pierre is denying a report that says he wants $50 million to fight Anderson Silva.

Last week MMA reporter Mike Straka said on “The MMA Beat” that he heard St-Pierre wanted $50 million to fight Silva because he felt he needed a huge monetary guarantee to face such a dangerous opponent.

GSP said on Sunday that he had not heard about the report, and that it’s false.

“I have not been informed of this, it is not true,” St-Pierre said in French (translation provided by Google). “Nobody told me about it and I am in France now, I have not seen the article (Mike Straka). I will not comment.”

We chose not to share the original report from Straka because it seemed loosely sourced and we did not find it credible. St-Pierre is one of the highest-compensated fighters in the UFC (probably the highest), so it would not be surprising to hear him demand around $15 million for a fight of this caliber, but there is no way he would be demanding more than what Floyd Mayweather makes in a fight. That just doesn’t seem right.

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GSP: Anderson Silva fight will happen when I want it to

Those who were hoping to see Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva fight next year will likely be left disappointed.

UFC president Dana White said in September that a GSP-Anderson Silva superfight was close to happening, and likely to take place at Cowboys Stadium. While Silva is busy filming his first movie, GSP is coming off a win over Carlos Condit that was supposed to be the precursor to the superfight. St-Pierre says that fight isn’t as close to happening as many thought.

During an interview with Radio-Canada’s “Tout Le Monde en Parle” on Sunday night, GSP said a fight with Silva would happen on his terms. Here’s a translation of what he said via MMA Fighting.

“He wants to fight me so he can then retire. I would like to fight him too, but after I fight him and win the fight, what happens next? These days, yeah, there’s a lot of money to be made, but I don’t fight for the money. My motivation is to be the best. Like we said, to be the Wayne Gretzky of my sport. So if I fight him, what happens next? It will be over. So yes, I want the fight, but I want to take it when I decide the time is right, not when he wants the fight to happen.

“On top of that, he weighs 234 pounds; I weigh 188. So there’s a big weight difference. I’ve fought guys who were bigger — I’m not scared of him — it’s just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me. I just came back from an injury, there’s money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there, and if I fight him, I will have to gain weight, while he will have to lose weight, and then afterwards, I won’t be able to come back to my weight class.

“First and foremost, I have things to do at 170 pounds. When I am ready and when I want the fight, that’s when it will happen.”

The thoughts from GSP come as no surprise. In March 2011, he expressed reluctance about stepping up in weight to face Silva, citing the exact same reasons. However, unless St-Pierre is talking about fighting Nick Diaz who has been calling him out, then I’m not sure what he has left to prove at his weight.