Chael Sonnen might not appreciate the “pink t-shirts, crooked hats and earrings” that Anderson Silva dons, but the UFC middleweight champion’s threads were good enough to land him as Brazil’s GQ Man of the Year in the sports category for 2011.
“I know that my victories are also responsible for all this success in the sport. I’m glad that people comment on the streets, that the academies to gain new followers. We need new idols,” Silva said while accepting the award (via Google Translate). “I’m really nervous to be up here. I represent you when [I’m] in a fight, OK?”
This past August, Silva headlined the UFC’s first show in Brazil in nearly 13 years. Despite entering the title fight with an injured shoulder, “The Spider” managed to easily dispose of Yushin Okami to retain his crown.
Silva has been slowly rehabbing his shoulder since the victory. No word on when he might return, but reports suggest the 36-year-old could be out until early next summer.