February 03, 2011
Anderson Silva is a prickly guy. He always has been and probably always will be when it comes to dealing with large media gatherings. It was typical Silva yesterday at the UFC 126 press conference with several one word answers and even more cliches. The UFC's middleweight champ did little to hype the card with the spoken word. That may have upset Dana White in the past, but not anymore. What will upset him is if Silva shows up to fight Vitor Belfort, but really doesnt.
"To be honest, when I gotta sit through these press conferences and listen to one-word answers ... we've all come to learn that's what's going to happen. You know you're never going to get crazy [expletive] out of him or what he's really thinking," White said (3:25 mark).
"I don't give a [expletive] if he sits there and doesn't say a word for an entire press conference. As long as he shows up Saturday night and fights. I'm fine with that. At the end of the day, we don't pay 50 dollars to hear him speak."
White is revved up about the fight, but also knows that with Silva that "showing up to fight" can mean different things.
"I'm gonna be honest, this thing could be the most dynamic, incredible [expletive] fight we've ever seen or the worst staring competition in the history of mankind. All I care about is that both these guys come out and let it go, and fight the fight we know we could possibly see," said White.
He also shot down the non-chalent messages delivered by the fighters on Wednesday. Both Silva and
"I'm gonna give you my assessment of the press conference. We just sat through 30 minutes of bull[expletive]," White said (0:08 mark). "I think that (the fighters saying) 'this doesn't mean anything and this is just another (fight). Let me tell you how big this thing is in Brazil. These guys live in Brazil, it's huge and everybody's talking about it there."
White thinks it's a huge fight in the careers of both fighters.
"There's a ton of pressure on both guys," White said. "Not only for what's at stake, butwhere they from and how big this fight is down there. So that 30 minutes of bull[expletive] we just listened to, none of it's true."
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