As much as Brazil is known as a hotbed for MMA, its true national sport is soccer. They have won more men's World Cups than any other country, and their women have placed in the top three in the world twice. So it's no surprise to see that the UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva is a big fan of the sport. Now, he will get to carry the colors of his favorite team, Sport Club Corinthians, into the cage.
According to Cagewriter's Brazilian counterpart, Casca Grossa, Silva will wear the badge of the Corinthians into the cage when he fights in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 134. This partnership will extend beyond that, as Silva is expected to be involved with the Corinthians on more projects after the bout with Yushin Okami. Silva has also picked up sponsorships with Nike and Burger King.
This is far from MMA's only connection to the beautiful game. UFC featherweight contender Kenny Florian played soccer for Boston College, and his opponent at UFC 136, champion and Brazilian Jose Aldo, grew up playing the sport. Silva still likes to play every now and then, and UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez crossed paths with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in July.