With the language barrier, it’s sometimes tough to tell when Anderson Silva is being sarcastic, but it certainly sounds like he has some high praise for Chael Sonnen.
“This guy will be the next president of the United States [laughs],” Silva said in an interview with Metro. “He’s smart, political, knows how to promote himself. He’s not an athlete with great results, but he knows how to promote himself. He knows how to use the UFC, and that’s something that many other athletes can’t. He’s very intelligent.”
It’s certainly true that Sonnen knows how to talk a big game, but president of the nation? I’m not particularly sure Anderson knows how our elections work…
On topics that Silva might have a little bit more expertise in, the Brazilian denied rumors that he’s planning a move up to light heavyweight.
“There are a bunch of 205-pound guys on my team,” he explained. “Rafael Cavalcante, Rogerio Nogueira, Glover Teixeira… I have no intentions to move up.”
In terms of his upcoming rematch with Chris Weidman, Silva will be heading abroad to train in Asia for a while, and is trying to keep things in perspective.
“I’m going to Japan now, then Thailand,” he stated. “But it’s too soon to talk about the fight yet. I did that for years, so I’m not worried now. I will start my intensive trainings and make sure that things happen again.”
“I never said it was impossible [to lose a fight],” he continued. “I always put myself like a normal human being. I can fail at any moment, lose. I think it was good because people will now see me as a human being. I will be able to make more mistakes.”
Anderson Silva will meet Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in December, as he attempts to retake the title he held for almost seven years.