UFC middleweight champion Silva already thinking about next fight


Sherdog.com recently caught up with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to get his thoughts on his win over Rich Franklin, his top pound-for-pound ranking and on what lies ahead.

Gleidson Venga: Did you expect to dominate the fight the way you did?

Anderson Silva: I did what I trained to do. I was well prepared, and thank God that my techniques were superior.

GV: Did you have any trouble in comparison to your first match with Franklin?

AS: Yes; there are no tomato cans [in MMA]. Every fighter who steps in the Octagon is well-trained, especially a high-class fighter like Franklin.

GV: He seemed worried when you started clinching and unleashing your knees.

AS: Those are my strongest tools. This is what I train for everyday, and that was my strategy.

GV: In the last seconds of the first round, you seemed to knock him out, but the referee waited until the horn sounded. What do you think about that moment?

AS: I think if I had one more minute, I would have finished that fight. But things like that happen.

GV: And now are you enjoying your vacation in Brazil?

AS: I'm not on vacation. I'm training in a gym with Team Black House. I return to Curitiba, Brazil, on Nov. 11 to see my family and then I'll go to the United States to continue my wrestling training at a university in Los Angeles. I'll be there for 20 days and then I'll return to Brazil to train in the Black House gym again.

GV: Has a date or an opponent been announced for your next fight?

AS: Not yet, but I'm preparing for the best fighters, and I'm waiting to know who it will be.

GV: The media are pointing to you as the best pound-for-pound fighter and say that you are even better than [Russian heavyweight] Fedor Emelianenko. How do you feel about this?

AS: Media is media. You have to know your place in these situations. [The media says] when you lose, you're finished; but when you win, you're the best. So you have to know how to keep things apart, but I'm mindful of this. I know if I don't train, I will lose. I also know that if I train, there will be a guy who can beat me. So the deal is to keep training. To me, this victory over Franklin is in the past. I'll work to not commit the same errors I committed in my previous fights.

GV: You are probably the biggest superstar in Brazil right now. What are you facing at this moment in your career?

AS: I'm trying to do my job well. I train to do these things people are seeing. There are no cocky things, no waste of time. I train every single movement I do in my fights. And I have to say thank you to all my fans, people who cheer for me. While I keep fighting, I'll keep training to do better so people will be proud of me.

GV: How does it feel to be famous in the United States?

AS: It's nice. But this is the point: You have to know how to keep things apart. I must always be prepared.

GV: You fought in the 93-kilogram [205-pound] weight class in PRIDE a few years ago. Did you consider fighting in this weight class in the UFC?

AS: When I fought in PRIDE, there was no under 83-kilogram weight class, so I had to fight under 93 kilograms. UFC offered me to fight in this weight class [185 pounds], so I play there. Everybody has their own problems, and my problems are all under 83 kilograms. But if I have to fight against the light heavyweights, I'll do this. My regular weight is 97 kilograms; so to reach 93 will be easy for me.

GV: One of your biggest friends and supporters is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. With Randy Couture leaving the UFC, there is a big chance he'll have a title shot. What are you expecting?

AS: I'm expecting him to win that belt; he's working towards that. We are looking forward to it, and our goal is for him to get this title. He's got a good head. He knows it won't be easy; he has to train hard. But we are all helping him because we know he deserves this title.

Gleidson Venga covers the Brazilian MMA scene for Sherdog.com.