Friday, February 2, 2007

Anderson Silva - The Champion of Cool

“No nerves,” smiles Anderson Silva as he answers the question posed to him through manager / translator Ed Soares.

The question? What goes through his head the moment before he’s called into battle to fight? Are there ever any butterflies in his stomach?

Uh-uh. He smiles again.

“At that moment there’s nowhere to run,” said the UFC Middleweight Champion. “If you trained, you trained; if you didn’t, you’re screwed.”

Then again, when you’re facing the middleweight division’s most feared striker, you can train eight hours a day for 12 weeks and still be screwed. Just look at ‘The Spider’s list of victims – Rich Franklin, Chris Leben, Tony Fryklund, Jorge Rivera, Jeremy Horn, Carlos Newton, and Mach Sakurai – and you can’t help but be impressed.

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