Anderson Silva to star in Steven Seagal police movie

Anderson Silva is the latest MMA fighter who will try his hand at acting.

The Brazilian UFC middleweight champion will star in a police movie with his friend Steven Seagal. Seagal is a mixed martial arts instructor who turned into a notable action movie actor. Seagal has actually helped train Silva in past fights.

According to Fighters Only, Silva revealed to Estadao that he received the first draft of the script this week. The movie is supposed to be an action-packed police story.

“I will make a lot of fight scenes and this is also the first time I will act,” Silva tells Estadão (per Fighters Only). “I received a long plot and I will have the opportunity of putting in practice what I have been studying for some time.”

Silva, who beat Stephan Bonnar in October to improve to 33-4, sounds pretty serious about performing well as an actor.

“I don’t want to be seen as somebody who caught the role because I am on the media and to be a fighter. Of course it is difficult, I am not Lorenzo Lamas, but I want to do it well done to the people see that I am a good actor.”

Silva reportedly will begin filming in the US in December.

Randy Couture, Rampage Jackson, Cung Le, and Gina Carano are among the MMA fighters who have gotten into acting. Even Ronda Rousey has said she would be interested in a movie career. It seems like the two just go together.

With Silva’s impressive speed and fighting skills, one has to imagine the action in the movie will be great. His acting may be another story.

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Anderson Silva open to fighting Jon Jones?

Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have maintained for quite some time that they’re not interested in fighting each other. Jones has said he doesn’t want to face Silva because he has too much to lose. Silva has expressed similar thought. Another issue is that neither fighter wants to change weight classes; Silva fights at 185 and Jones is 205.

But after UFC President Dana White talked about offering them so much money they wouldn’t be able to turn down the fight, Silva suddenly seemed open to the possibility.

According to Bloody Elbow, Silva told Brazilian TV network SporTV that he would be open to the fight. Here’s what he said courtesy of a Bloody Elbow translation:

“People are talking about that so much that… I don’t have this ambition, this (fight) doesn’t motivate me, especially since they have other athletes in my team, such as Lil’ Nog, Maldonado, Feijao, Caldeirao (Wagner Prado), that are in his weight class. My weight class is 185, my belt is of that weight class. But people are talking so much about this, and we are employees of the UFC. Of course, I could be saying that I don’t want it, but what if he goes out and accepts the money Dana is proposing for him to fight? It will be hard (not to accept it). It’s not the money that motivates me to fight, I fight because I like it. So, I don’t know. I wouldn’t like (to fight him). But if it’s going to happen, it would have to be at a catchweight. The belt shouldn’t be at play. I already have mine and I don’t want a belt to be left at the side.”

Silva saying that a potential fight would have to be at a catchweight is a big difference from the firm denials he gave in the past. Jones has an upcoming fight with Chael Sonnen in April, and Silva may be facing Georges St-Pierre next. Could Jones and Silva fight after that? It certainly seems like a possibility.

Anderson Silva vs. GSP fight seems likely

After Anderson Silva beat Stephen Bonnar at UFC 153 over the weekend, the cries for the Spider to face Jon Jones grew. UFC President Dana White even talked about locking the two men in the room and getting them to agree to fight, despite each of their reluctance to face one another. But now that we know Jon Jones’ next fight will be against Chael Sonnen in April, we can forget about Silva vs. Jones next.

Instead, what we’re likely to see for Silva’s next fight is a superfight with Georges St-Pierre.

GSP is set to face Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on Nov. 17 in Montreal. Should he win that fight — which is no guarantee — a match with Silva seems likely.

White said in September that if the two were to fight, it would be at a catch weight and likely to take place at Cowboys Stadium. Silva indicated over the weekend that he’d be interested in facing St-Pierre.

“I think it’d be a great challenge for me,” Silva said, per MMA Fighting. “I prefer him over Jon Jones. He’s smaller. It’ll be a little bit easier. I’ll be hit less.”

This is pure speculation based on the information that’s available, but it seems that fight would be likely as long as GSP wins. If he loses, then your best guess is as good as mine.

UFC 153 commercial suggests there is no way to approach Anderson Silva (Video)

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin sat down with Stephan Bonnar to give the challenger some advice on facing Anderson Silva at UFC 153 on Saturday in Brazil.

Griffin was knocked out by Silva at UFC 101 in 2009, so he knew what to tell Bonnar. Ready for this hilarious list:

    - Don’t stand with him
    - Don’t try to punch him
    - Don’t kick him
    - Don’t try to submit him
    - Don’t talk any trash

Basically, there is no way to approach Anderson Silva.

For the sake of UFC fans, hopefully Bonnar doesn’t believe that and will actually try some technique to beat the Brazilian.

Aside from the humorous aspect of the ad, Bonnar and Griffin getting together for a commercial is a pretty special occurrence. The two have fought twice, including an epic Fight of the Year battle in The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in 2005.

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Anderson Silva thinks he could fight another six years

Anderson Silva is 37 and has had 36 professional fights, but it sounds like he’s willing to continue fighting for several more years.

In a recent interview with Brazilian newspaper Estadao, Silva said in his native Portugese that he thinks he can fight another six years.

Here’s what he said according to a Google translation:

“I guess you can be more like 6 years fighting. I love what I do, the team that works with me does a fantastic job, never had a serious injury that myself away from competition. So I think I have this little while longer.”

Fans have been under the impression that Silva had a limited amount of fights left before he retires. The way Silva’s talking, he could be the next Randy Couture and still fighting in 2018.

I don’t see it happening. Why should he continue fighting and risk his reputation when he’s already regarded as one of the best ever? Unless he has financial issues, there really is no reason to fight until he’s 43.

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Anderson Silva-GSP fight ‘close’ to happening, likely for Cowboys Stadium

MMA fans may finally get to see a super fight for which they have been clamoring. UFC president Dana White indicated to Ariel Helwani during an interview on Fuel TV Tuesday that Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre are likely to fight in the near future.

“I think we’re pretty close,” said White. “If Georges St-Pierre beats [Carlos] Condit, that could be the next fight.”

St-Pierre is scheduled to fight at UFC 154 on November 17. Silva doesn’t have any fights scheduled.

White indicated that the fight would likely take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“If that fight happens, it will probably happen at Dallas, TX stadium,” said White.

GSP has demonstrated a tremendous amount of respect for Silva in the past and expressed reluctance about facing the Brazilian master. As recently as last March, GSP was worried about facing Silva at 185 pounds. The answer appears to be a fight at a 180-pound catchweight.

“At one point it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170 and take Georges’ welterweight title,” said White. “That was what he was talking at one point. Then it was 180 the catchweight, because Georges doesn’t want to go to 185 — he’s going to stay at ’70. He said if ‘I had to make the move to go to ’85, I’d have to stay at ’85.’ We figured that a 180-pound catchweight makes sense.”

So why would they finally face each other after avoiding the super fight for so long?

“These guys want to fight each other now. If you’re a fighter and you’ve dominated as long as Anderson as, you’ve been great as long as Georges has, you finally say I want to test, you say ‘I think I can beat this guy,” White figured.

As long as GSP doesn’t blow his fight with Condit — which is always a possibility — then this could be the headline event to energize sports fans the way the Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva rematch did. I think Silva would have to be favored in that fight given GSP’s lengthy layoff and unimpressive wins prior to his knee injury.

Thanks to MMA Fighting for the transcriptions. Video of the interview is below:

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Anderson Silva offered to fight at UFC 151 to save card

While Jon Jones‘ reputation is taking a beating, Anderson Silva is only enhancing his. The UFC middleweight champion reportedly contacted UFC president Dana White to offer to take a fight on short notice in order to save the UFC 151 card.

According to MMA Fighting, Silva, through his manager, reached out to White shortly after the UFC announced they were cancelling the entire UFC 151 card because headliner Jon Jones declined a bout with replacement fighter Chael Sonnen.

MMA Fighting reports that “White said he never expected Silva to offer his services and appreciated the offer.”

Silva’s offer to take a fight to save the card came too late as the UFC had already announced the event’s cancellation, but it didn’t come too late to improve his standing within the UFC and with fans.

Silva, the consensus top fighter in the world, is coming off a July 7 win over Chael Sonnen. He doesn’t have a fight scheduled for the rest of the year. Jones is set to face Vitor Belfort on Sept. 22 as his makeup fight.

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