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After Paulo Costa demolished Uriah Hall at the UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, fantasy matchmakers were already calling for a showdown against Israel Adesanya, fresh off his unanimous decision win over Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27 Finale.
Unfortunately “The Eraser” never heard of Adesanya and instead called out Chris Weidman.
That’s just fine with “The Last Stylebender,” who will now set his sights on former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, once “The Spider” returns from his drug-test suspension in November.
“Yo for real…no bullshit, if not for Anderson Silva I wouldn’t have looked at fighting from a different perspective,” Adesanya wrote on Instagram. “I was under the impression you gotta look like [Paulo Costa] to be a fighter. ‘The Spider’ been fucking up muscled up beefcakes since ages ago as a lean aerodynamic man. Just cuz I’m a fan don’t mean you can’t catch these hands…and feets. So yes I am down…will do it fih di culture of fighting!”
Hopefully the Brazilian isn’t too busy dreaming about this fight to notice.
Adesanya (14-0) remains undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career after a stellar run on the kickboxing circuit. While his wins have been impressive, “The Last Stylebender” has yet to face the upper echelon of the division.
As for Silva (34-8, 1 NC), he’s now 43 years old and has just one victory over the last five years, a controversial decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208. What’s left in “The Spider’s” tank remains to be seen.
This potential match up doing anything for ya’?
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, will be eligible to make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) this November after reaching a deal with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
“The Spider” was popped for performance-enhancing drugs ahead of his Kelvin Gastelum fight at UFC Shanghai last fall, the second time the Brazilian pissed dirty in his UFC career. Silva, however, maintained his innocence and eventually proved his positive result stemmed from tainted supplements, hence the reduced sentence.
“I am vindicated,” Silva said in a prepared statement (via Ariel Helwani). “The past nine months have been extremely difficult. I felt like my career and everything I had worked so hard for was dying and my future was hanging in the balance.”
“I knew in my heart that I had done nothing wrong and fully cooperated with USADA during their inquiry to prove it,” Silva continued. “Today I have a renewed energy. My legacy is restored. I can focus on getting back into the ring and the next chapter of my life after fighting.”
Silva (34-8) has not competed since capturing a questionable decision win over Derek Brunson at the UFC 208 pay-per-view (PPV) event in early 2017. Now 43, “The Spider” will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to hang with the next generation of middleweight strikers.
Like this guy.
Claudio Silva made a triumphant return to the Octagon after a near four-year hiatus by taking out Nordine Taleb in the very first round via rear-naked choke in the very first round at last weekend’s (Sun., May 27, 2018) UFC Fight Night 130 event in Liverpool, England.
But, the two combatants almost went for round two following the fight, as they were involved in an altercation at the host hotel after an irate Nordine allegedly approached Silva to call foul play for his antics during the fight.
“The UFC has to take notice. He needs to be punished,” Silva told MMA Junkie. “He kicked me in the leg as I was sitting on the ground,” Silva said. “He said, ‘(Expletive) you, you’re a (expletive). You robbed me. You didn’t win that fight. You told the referee I was holding your gloves and then you got the choke.’
According to Silva, Nordine hurled plenty of homophobic slurs and even stated if anyone ever spoke to him in that manner he “would kill them.” Eventually, Taleb’s teammates separated the two and prevented it from coming to blows, though Silva never expected to go that far on his end.
“I’m a professional fighter at the end of the day,” Silva said. “It’s not professional to say those kinds of words. And man, I feel really bad for the sport. I come to fight. I don’t hate anyone. I just came there and did my job,” he added.
“I just looked at him and laughed, because we don’t have to do these kinds of things. We are professional fighters. We get paid to fight. It’s really bad for the sport. I’ve never experienced it before.”
While the Brazilian bomber expects the promotion to punish Taleb in due to violation of the promotion’s guidelines and code of conduct, he won’t settle their beef by granting him a do-over.