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Anderson Silva Admits Taking It Easy On Thales Leites In Title Fight Due To Friendship | UFC NEWS


:There’s no such thing as holding back. I want to finish as soon as possible. The only time I did it was because he was a friend of mine. It was against Thales Leites. We went until the last round because he’s a friend of mine and I respect him”

In a shocking interview with Brazilian media outlet Tatame.com, the UFC’s middleweight boss, Anderson Silva, admits to taking it easy on Thales Leites when the two fought for the middleweight title back in 2009 at UFC 97. This should raise several red flags with not only the UFC but with MMA fans who drop coin on such events to see an actual competitive competition.

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16 Responses to “Anderson Silva Admits Taking It Easy On Thales Leites In Title Fight Due To Friendship | UFC NEWS”

  1. Tapitout21 says:

    This isn’t news! Everyone with a brain knew this at the time

  2. TheDude says:

    Thales already came out saying that this is complete bull. Andre Pederneiras also said the same…

    http://tatame.com.br/2012/08/30/UFC–Thales-responde-Spider-Nunca-fomos-amigos

    Google translate that or something…but it’s a good read.

    • The natural says:

      Of course Thales would say that but he cant read Andersons mind he doesn’t no how anderson thinks I do same thing in my gym sparring there’s guys u don’t want to knockout unless they really hurt u lolnever happened its not necc a respect thing but as hes a friend and im pushing him along to get better nobody gets better from being ko and there’s other guys u that u wouldn’t mind seeing hit the mat.

  3. lol says:

    pathetic article lol

  4. Me says:

    Common Anderson has took it easy on a lot of fighters look at the Maia, Cote, Thales fights. When he isn’t holding back he does crazy shit like what he did too Vitor, Forrest Griffin, Franklin and all the other fighters he has knocked out and subbed.

  5. Thetude says:

    i believe it, he also seemed to take it easy on demian maia, he could have finished that chump in the 1rst

  6. Xaninho says:

    As the GOAT, Anderson Silva decides how many rounds the fight goes.

  7. Noah says:

    He is the best pound for pound fighter in middleweight division of UfC and I genuinely believe what he said. He can push and finish the opponents or dance around and let it go. Only time he got nervous to lose was when he fought with Shael for the first time.

  8. Kmart says:

    Like we care Anderson.

  9. DNugget says:

    Respect to Anderson ! You have to show mercy with your friends :)

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