The argument suggesting UFC middleweight Anderson Silva threw his UFC 162 title-defense against Chris Weidman has lost some steam lately but that doesn’t mean “The Spider” hasn’t been approached about the possibility on numerous occasions. Though the notion is far-fetched at best, it appears the continuous questions about Silva’s character have started to wear on the Brazilian, and the man who often looks like a superhero inside the Octagon has started showing his human side.
Silva was a guest this past week on Brazilian talk show Legendarios where his eyes filled with tears as he addressed the controversy.
“I’m Brazilian, and people respect my story outside of our country – Japan, England, USA, and we very respected. We do our job very well. On the side of fixing the fight, and me selling it, I’m a little annoyed because when I enter the Octagon, I represent my country and I represent all the Brazilians here and outside who cheer me,” said Silva in a conversation captured by MixedMartialArts.com. “It got me very upset, people thinking I sold the fight. I always said it’s a Brazilian belt, if it’s with me or another Brazilian. I always said I don’t want to fight with another Brazilian. If another Brazilian won, I would cheer them on. I wanted the belt to stay here. I’m not a politician, I’m an athlete and I represent my country and I’ll never fail them. Never.”
Silva will have a chance to erase the doubt on December 28 when he faces Weidman in a rematch. The knockout loss earlier this month was the first of his career and snapped a sixteen-fight winning streak inside the infamous eight-sided cage.