Silva suffered his first loss in the UFC when Chris
Weidman knocked him out July 6, but Silva’s manager Ed Soares
doesn’t think the defeat will affect the former middleweight
champ’s standing in the sport.
“I think it just humanizes Anderson,” Soares told the Sherdog Radio
Network’s “Beatdown” show on Monday.
For seven years Silva dominated the UFC’s middleweight division.
Occasionally he even climbed up to 205 pounds and didn’t lose there
either. Weidman finally ended his remarkable run 1:18 into the
second round of their meeting at UFC
162 when he drilled Silva with a left hook and finished him
with punches on the ground.
“We hadn’t seen that yet, and I think it’s just part of the
business that we’re in,” Soares said. “Eventually you’re going to
lose, and it was unfortunate that he had to lose that way, but he
did. But like I said, one night is not going to erase what he’s
done in the past seven years. He made a mistake, and in this sport,
you make a mistake -- you move left instead of moving right, you
zig instead of zagging -- you could get knocked out. That’s what
ended up happening to Anderson. It could happen to anybody on any
After dismissing the possibility of a rematch while still in the
Octagon following the loss, Silva later released a video announcing
his intention to fight Weidman again. The fight has been scheduled
for Dec. 28 at UFC
“I believe you get to see what Anderson’s like in that video that
got put out,” Soares said. “You get to see a little bit of the side
of Anderson that most people don’t get to see. At the end of the
day he’s a human being. He’s just like you and I. He’s got feelings
and he’s a great person. We were all upset that he lost that fight
and he was too, but that’s what’s going to show the world the
legend that he is, is when he comes back and how he comes back from
something like this.”
Soares clarified that there was no rematch clause in Silva’s
contract. Rather, he said the UFC has paired Weidman and Silva back
together because it’s the fight that makes the most sense. The
manager expects a much different ending the second time around.
“I just think that [Silva is] going to go in there and take care of
business,” Soares said. “That’s what I feel very confident about. I
don’t know what his game plan is going to be. I think it’s still
too early, but I believe in Anderson Silva and whatever he decides
to do, I have faith in him.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:06:52).