Anderson Silva Takes His Training to the Battlefield as He Prepares for War

Written by Tim Ngo
July 22nd, 2010

UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva

Some fighters get increasingly anxious as game time approaches, but UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva is as loose as a goose. Silva and some of his Team Black House cohorts recently challenged Fabricio Werdum and his amigos to a friendly game of paintball.

“We had about 12 people on our team and Fabricio Werdum had like 30 on his team, and we still beat them,” Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, told MMAJunkie.

For those who think Silva shouldn’t be goofing off so close to his UFC 117 showdown with Chael Sonnen, Soares claims “The Spider” often uses outside activities to remain focused on his opponents. In fact, he believes it’s the stress relievers outside of the cage that keeps MMA’s baddest 185-pounder sane.

“He loves playing paintball. He loves playing video games and he loves playing soccer,” Soares stated. “He likes riding Waverunners. He likes to stay active. He doesn’t do anything unsafe, but it’s a great opportunity to take his mind off of fighting for a little bit.”

According to Soares, the teams played a total of four games and Silva’s squad easily ran the table. Not only did Silva get to free his frustrations on the battlefield, but he inadvertently got some solid conditioning in as well.

“We were out in Corona, California and it was like 102 degrees. We were all wearing long-sleeved shirts with paintball gear, masks and everything. It was like a cardio workout,” added Soares.

Following his lackluster performance at UFC 112, one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound fighters has a lot to prove come August 7th inside the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Hopefully, he’ll come out with guns blazing.

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