“There was one more thing: I learned that I have to be myself. I always have to be me… From the moment that a fight ends, that fight is in the past, win or lose. Even when I was winning my fights, once it’s over, it’s over. It’s in the past, and you’ve got to look forward. It’s no different with this fight. When it was over, it was over, and now I’m looking forward to the next one. It’s definitely a big fight. It’s an important fight. It’s something people have been waiting to watch. They want confirmation that Chris is the real deal. But a fight is a fight. All that changes is the date and the opponent. The octagon is still the same, and the atmosphere is always the same. I don’t think I have anything to prove to anyone, but I’m very motivated.”
Often criticized for the way he toys with his foe’s inside the cage, Anderson Silva tells MMaJunkie.com during this week’s UFC 168 media event that he has to stay true to himself, even if that means going against his critics wishes.