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UFC 237 Video: Anderson Silva Holds Open Workout In Rio

Anderson Silva will look to get back into the win column when he faces off against Jared Cannonier at the upcoming UFC 237 pay-per-view (PPV) event on May 11, 2019 inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Before then, “The Spider” showed off some of his best moves earlier today (April 17, 2019) by working out for the media inside Cesario Bezerra Boxing Club in Rio de Janeiro to promote the fight, and MMA Fighting was there to capture all the action.

Silva was last seen coming up short to current UFC interim Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya a few months ago at UFC 234 (see the highlights here). Over his last seven outings inside the Octagon, Anderson has dropped five with one no contest sandwiched in between.

While the matchup against Cannonier seems odd at this point in Anderson’s career, Jared is more than capable, as evidenced by his knockout victory over David Branch in his last outing.

UFC 237 will feature a women’s Strawweight title fight between division champion Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade. In the co-main event, Jose Aldo will take on Alexander Volkanovski.

To see who else is competing at UFC 237 click here.

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Midnight Mania! Throwback Thursday: Weidman Wishes Anderson Happy Valentines Day

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Okay, I can’t say for sure whether Weidman’s enthusiastic holiday greeting is for Anderson specifically, or whether he, in his effusive show of love, meant it for all.

Okkkkk… Been tagged in this picture enough today and it’s time I just post it myself. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!

In less romantic news, Weidman has lately been criticizing Israel Adesanya’s win over Anderson, claiming Israel is ‘just a tad bit overrated’, then doubling down and claiming there is no way Adesanya beats him.

Weidman is 1-4 in his last five, coming off a KO loss to “Jacare” Souza. His most recent win came against Kelvin Gastelum. Adesanya is undefeated, having won his first five bouts in the UFC in a year’s time, and says he is willing to wait for his title shot after beating Anderson Silva in a Mortal Kombat-esque affair.


Insomnia

Has Francis Ngannou improved his cardio since the Stipe fight?

Paul Felder being a cool dad

TJ Dillashaw wants to prove Cejudo’s win over him wasn’t a fluke… I mean… wait…

Whoever runs the UFC’s Twitter account deserves a medal and a raise

Dominick Cruz will apparently teach you his weird-ass footwork for money

Robert Whittaker calling Kelvin Gastelum ‘adorable’ is a great quote from the champion

Bellator is doing the superfight thing too, with Michael Chandler vs. Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull. That should be a good one, as Patricio has his brother to avenge.

Conor McGregor wishes a happy Valentines day to his ride-or-die, Dee Devlin.

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Happy Valentine’s Day my Queen ❤️

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Kamaru Usman really did this to Demian Maia.

Dennis Bermudez just went for it and the ringside commentator paid the price

Zabit Magomedsharipov’s kung fu background explored!

Always a step ahead

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Stack …wha…Triangle

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Japanese kickboxer Takeru hitting pads

Weird nature Joe Rogan might be my favorite Joe Rogan

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks

Octopus are also nature’s stealth fighters

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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Midnight Mania! Anderson Silva Wants the UFC to Bring TRT Back

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Anderson Silva did an interview in Portuguese (you can turn on English closed captions) in which he said he doesn’t mind the USADA program, but wishes the UFC would reconsider Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) because he says a lot of older athletes need it. Transcription via MMAJunkie.com:

“There are some athletes who need to make use of the hormonal replacement,” Silva said. “I think, if USADA regulated that, we’d have the sport at a high level, with athletes who have stopped fighting. Vitor, for example. Even me, though I never had the replacement. But some athletes who really need it, who are older. Dan Henderson, many other athletes who have stopped because of this.”

Silva, who has been suspended twice for Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) use, had a rational-sounding explanation: MMA is an extremely intensive sport. TRT allows fighters to recover faster from the nagging little injuries the training schedule always brings on. Despite his own troubles with USADA, Silva doesn’t have a problem with the organization’s involvement in the sport. He just wishes they were a little more lenient.

“USADA’s entrance in the UFC to control the doping situation, the way I see it, was good,” Silva said. “But, in a certain way, it ends up being a disturbance. Because MMA isn’t a regular sport like all the others. It demands from the athlete fighting training, physical training. There are other countless technical valencies that they have to maintain(like) injuries, etc.

“I’m in favor of doping control, for sure. I think no athlete should or can be, on fight day, taking advantage of some situation. But I think they need to review this. Because there are many injuries, many athletes getting hurt, many fights getting cancelled due to athletes getting injured, etc.

“… For instance, you take a Tylenol, you can get caught in the doping. You take aspirin, you can get caught in the doping. There are many things, many medicines that the athlete uses, that they have to always be policing themselves. … I’m not against USADA; I’m totally in favor, but I think there should be a certain (flexibility) when it comes to what is allowed and what isn’t.”

The problem with Silva’s logic is that even were the UFC to change their policy on TRT, Silva himself probably wouldn’t be eligible to use it. One of the causes of low testosterone is past steroid use. Rewarding a steroid user by allowing them to then take synthetic testosterone isn’t something the UFC seems as… into these days. Technically, Silva could even apply for a TUE now with USADA… but he would still most likely run into trouble with the athletic commissions.

Anderson, who seems to have recorded this interview before his UFC 234 co-main event bout with Israel Adesanya was announced, also went into some detail on the way the UFC matches their legends up with young prospects. He still thinks a rematch with Nick Diaz would be ‘very cool’, and said he has spoken with Diaz about the way the UFC feeds their legends to up-and-comers.

“I think the fight with Nick Diaz would be a very cool fight, very interesting,” Silva said. “Because our last fight, both of us ended up getting caught in the doping, and it was a no-contest. So, actually, the fight didn’t exist. But I think Nick is a guy who has a name, a guy who has a history in this sport. And what we can’t accept is going into the UFC’s game of wanting to use the legends that they have to promote the young guys.

“I’ve talked about this a lot with Nick and with other athletes, as well. We don’t have an issue with fighting any of these kids. We don’t have an issue. We just want to be respected for everything we have built in this sport. Never, in my early trajectory, I never called out anyone. I always let things happen naturally. And I think it can’t be different.

“The UFC has this thing of wanting to promote new talents that don’t have the charisma with the older athletes who have the charisma and who knew how to get the machine working when we were in there. And that’s something that today’s kids can’t do. They go up there, they fight, do good fights. But, once they open their mouths, they only say crap. And they can’t get charisma with the audience. It’s no use being a good fighter and not being charismatic.”

Lacking charisma is not an accusation you can level against Israel Adesanya; perhaps that’s why Silva accepted the bout, widely regarded as an obvious setup for ‘The Last Stylebender’ to build his name by defeating his aging counterpart. Time will tell if Adesanya is able to ‘get the machine working’ as Silva did, and become one of the UFC’s biggest superstars.


Insomnia

Kyoji Horiguchi got dorms named after him at American Top Team- Horiguchi Hall.

Alex Volkanovski celebrating a Petr Yan fight announcement is kinda cool because they are two of the hottest prospects in mixed martial arts.

Jon Jones celebrated this on social media

He’s kind of in that zone where if he does ‘pulse’ with more long-term metabolites, we will wonder if he’s still on the sauce somehow, and if they never show up in his tests again, we will wonder if it was all BS.

Jason Knight is looking for a new promoter. Hopefully The Kid can get his career back on track.

Since we are probably getting a rematch at some point, worth going back to Brendan Schaub’s analysis of their first bout.

Mike Tyson getting work done

This knee is why it pays to be flexible. He just curves his kneecap right over the guard

Colby Covington vs. Darren Till would be an interesting fight. Till’s defensive wrestling seemed to hold up pretty well against Tyron Woodley. Covington could just hold out and probably still get a title shot after Usman, though, so we will see what happens.

Jessica Eye says she is outshining her haters

Rachael Ostovich’s brother and dad are jacked.

The seven deadly moves all rolled into one

Luke Rockhold went in hard at welterweight Jason Jackson, but Jackson didn’t back down one inch — nice bit of head movement from both guys.

Khabib Cat!

Santiago Ponzinibbio and Rafael dos Anjos got into it last night on Twitter, Ponzi apparently tweeting drunk. These are the tweets that were in English.


Podcasts and Video

I get a shoutout on this episode of Heavy Hands a little past minute 51.

One of these fights is already gone, sadly


Random Land

I just came across this sport, Kabaddi, for the first time and I can’t figure out what is going on.

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Alexander Gustafsson Calls for Matchup with Corey Anderson at UFC London on March 16

Alexander Gustafsson is looking for a quick turnaround following his loss to Jon Jones at UFC 232.
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