“I hadn’t even seen that (Munoz’s challenge). I thought Munoz was a friend, but that’s okay..”
Anderson Silva responds to the challenge dished out by Mark Munoz after his UFC 138 victory over Chris Leben this past weekend via Brazilian media outlet SporTV.
There is about a 40-mile stretch between the Gym Mark owns and operates (Reign Training Center) and the legendary Blackhouse facility that Anderson Silva often occupies. In between those 40 miles is a road often traveled by the two camps to work together as each team tries to improve in the martial arts. For the Silva camp and the guys at the Blackhouse gym, its Mark’s high level wrestling they are interested in and for Munoz, he picks up pieces of everything else.
I have witnessed this partnership of training on numerous occasions. Once the public classes leave, the two fighters get together and trade secrets, spar, grapple and roll in an all out alliance of improvement. Anderson Silva is the best in the business and while Mark is still making his way, the lessons and tutelage of Silva have always been greatly respected and appreciated.
Mark comes from the school of wrestling and in that school they compete amongst friends, however Anderson Silva doesn’t play that game and for that I’m sure he feels betrayed.
I watched this relationship personally with my own eyes grow. The two men work well together, however in the heat of the moment and with desire in his eyes I think Mark may have broken the trust of what is probably one of his most valuable assets in the game.
He isn’t getting the title shot anytime soon. Surely the UFC has other plans for that division at the moment, so while Mark may have ruined the opportunity to continue to train with the worlds best, it was in the best interest of Silva to find out his true intent prior to a possible match up between the two.
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