It’s been almost 10 days since Anderson Silva single-handedly turned UFC 112 into his very own circus act, yet he’s still the talk of the MMA town – less a certain “Strikeforce: Nashville” brawl on CBS of course.
Silva recently appeared on the popular Brazilian show Domingão do Faustão to defend his shenanigans on April 10th. Despite his comments after the scrap, the middleweight champ claims there is no ill will between he and Demian Maia.
“I think I fought well, executed my game plan and disrupted Demian’s game,” Silva stated. “I couldn’t fall to his game because he’s a Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist. Even though I train BJJ as well, I don’t even come close to his BJJ level.
“I have nothing against any of my opponents. I have nothing against Demian. I respect his work a lot.”
Last Wednesday, UFC president Dana White appeared as a guest on ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning and threatened to fire MMA’s most efficient striker if he ever resorted back to his shenanigans.
“If he ever acts like that again in the ring, I will cut him. I don’t care if he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I don’t care if he is the middleweight champion. I will cut him, absolutely.”
Here’s what “The Spider” had to say regarding his boss’ threats.
“I won. Dana can say whatever he wants. He’s the owner,” Silva matter-of-factly said.
Despite receiving an inordinate amount of backlash in his homeland of Brazil for his “embarrassing” actions, Silva professes he should still be viewed as an influential figure among his country’s youth.
“We are all role models for kids and kids should have us as role models. Me, Demian, [Antonio Minotauro Nogueira], all the athletes who are champions and take the name of our country out there,” said Silva.
When Maia was brought on stage, he shook hands with Silva and vaguely answered questions from the show’s host. When asked whether he was still upset with what when down in Abu Dhabi, the grappler was short and sweet with his reply.
“I don’t have much to say, it was what happened,” Maia said. “The fans saw what happened.”
Please click the media player below to watch Silva and Maia’s interview on Domingão do Faustão (Make sure the closed caption feature is ON):