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Monday, 05/21/2012, 11:02 pm

Anderson Silva Says He's Staying At Middleweight | UFC News

By Jamie McAllister
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in an interview with TATAME.

Silva comments on staying in the Middleweight division.

“We have a couple of athletes in the above division, which are Rafael Feijao (Strikeforce), who’s a big name in the division and Fabio Maldonado, who just fought and lost by points. We have many guys in the division. In my weight class, besides me in the UFC, there is (Ronaldo) Jacare in the Strikeforce. Our team focus on each of us and try to let us take our chances and take advantage of them, so we don’t have this ambition of me going to the light heavyweight division and fight each other.”

On the fight everyone wants to see Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva.

“I am going leave it to Maldonado, Feijao or even Rogerio (Nogueira) too. They are in his weight division, so they’ll deal with him.”

Anderson comments on his preparation and motivations for the Sonnen fight.

“We always train a lot and we’re always focused on getting this job done. Everyone is involved with this and we’re working hard to get there as do what we always do. He (Sonnen) has been saying bullshit. He disrespected a nation, not only me, but he disrespected UFC fans, moms who watch the UFC, dad and kids who are fans of the sport.”

On gaining the win not only for himself but for the nation.

“Winning is enough for us. It’s like a slap on the face. Winning is enough to show that Brazil deserves to be respected because we have a history on the sport, that started a long time ago with the Gracie family and great athletes kept it going, like Pedro Rizzo, Rodrigo Nogueira, Marco Ruas, Andre Pederneiras and others. That must be respected.”

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