Whenever you’re the most popular kid on campus, you are bound to attract your fair share of haters. If you’re UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and have steamrolled your previous 12 victims, there will come a point when fans will simply watch you in hopes that you will finally lose.
Although MMA enthusiasts currently maintain a love-hate relationship with the sport’s deadliest marksman, love him when he decides to share his scintillating skills and hate when he doesn’t, Silva claims his bosses have already hopped off his bandwagon and are hoping for his reign to end.
“There’s always bother, right? Even more so with me being a Brazilian,” Silva told UOL (translated by FightersOnly) of his torrid winning streak. “I’m happy in the UFC, but this sequence of wins bothers them because the promoters think the fights end up losing their intrigue and that people now want to see Anderson Silva lose.
“But it’s normal, just business.”
While it’s tough to gauge how warmly he’ll be received this weekend at UFC 117, not so much because of his three consecutive lackluster middleweight title defenses he’s posted, which was capped-off by his “embarrassing” performance at UFC 112 in April, but the fact challenger Chael Sonnen has gained immense popularity over the last several months as he’s had fans ROFLMAO with his diversified disses.
The 35-year-old has been in the game far too long to allow fickle fans to affect his life. However, as a father of five boys, Silva realizes that his antics are directly related to how he will be perceived. Considering the perception-is-reality world we live in, “The Spider” knows he needs to come out and play this weekend.
“I can’t please everyone. When you become world-known in a sport you become the target of cheap talking,” he said. “It’s necessary to watch yourself because any wrong attitude ends showing an opposite image of what you actual represented.”
Thankfully for the champ, the time for talking is done as Silva and Sonnen will finally meet this Saturday inside Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The live-pay-per-view broadcast kicks off at 10PM ET/7PM PT.