Anderson Silva is back in real life and in video game form. The UFC's middleweight champ is heavily featured in the ad campaign for UFC Undisputed 3. The THQ game just hit the shelves across the United States yesterday. It coincides with Silva's return to light training in anticipation of a June return to the Octagon.
Silva and his manager Ed Soares didn't pull any punches in talking about Chael Sonnen's verbal reign of terror with the Brazilian sidelined by a shoulder injury.
"He didn't have to do any surgery. The doctor said he could strengthen it with physical therapy and that's what he's been doing for a good four months now," Soares told ESPNRadio1100/98.9 FM.
Silva's not one to fire back aggressively, but he sounded pretty serious when talking about whether Sonnen's crossed the line over the last six months.
"Yeah of course, Chael talks too much. He talked about my family. He's got no respect for my wife. No respect for the people in Brazil. It's a problem," Silva said. "I understand it's a promotion, but this is no promotion. This is bad. I don't like this. The people in Brazil don't like this. It's bad for the sport."
Soares brought it a little stronger.
"He can say whatever he wants to say, but he has to be prepared to face everything that he's saying when he steps inside the ring in June. I think Chael is going to experience something he's never experienced before," Soares said. "[...] He's going to feel such an intense pressure walking into that stadium with probably 55,000 fans ... he's going to feel that."
The UFC is targeting June in Sao Paolo for the matchup of the year.
If you can't wait to see the fight, give UFC Undisputed 3 a try. The attention to detail is amazing. Silva said he alone worked with the game makers over three days so they could nail his character.
Silva joked that he's played the game, but the top video game fighting Silvas are his sons.
"I don't play too much, my sons play more. I have no chance against them. Sometimes I play [against my] sons. My sons win and tell me 'hey Dad give me the money. Go back to real fighting. This is no good for you."
The Silva boys like to use their father in the game along with the Nogueira brothers, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.
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