“The biggest is the Bruce Lee fan I am. I especially like the philosophy of it. But I’m also a fan of Muhammad Ali and Roy Jones Jr. are guys for whom I tip my hat, get my black belt. Outside the ring, I would say Michael Jordan, Pele and Ronaldo. People think I say this because of my contract with 9ine, but it is not. It was long before Ronaldo fan… I would like to have known [Bruce Lee] and to have had lessons with him. But not risk a fight with Bruce Lee, no.”
In an interview with Brazilian newspaper, estadao.com.br, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva talked about his idol Bruce Lee and proclaimed that if alive he would never take on the martial arts legend in a fight.