The president of the Ressurection Fighting Alliance and manager to the Brazilian stars, Ed Soares, appeared on the MMA Hour yesterday to discuss a variety of things in the wake of UFC 162. One of the major topics was the performance of Soares’ most famous charge, Anderson Silva. Ed admitted that his client may have gone to the showboating well a little too often, but had more to say than simply that.
“I think he went out there and was taunting him and doing certain things Anderson does once in awhile. There’s a possibility he may have taken it too far this time. And unfortunately he wasn’t able to walk away with the W. You move left when you should have moved right, and your night can end. Unfortunately, Anderson has a tendency to walk on that tightrope of taking risks. It’s part of the reason people like to watch him fight is because he takes those type of risks. Unfortunately, Saturday night, didn’t go his way.”
Soares also took issue with the would-be Alex Jones’ of MMA, who were insisting that the fight was rigged. Ed did not mince his words when it came to that topic.
“”People have all these conspiracy theories, it’s stupid. It’s nonsense. Yeah … I plan to get knocked out. C’mon. Who plans to get knocked out like that? If he was planning to do that that, why wouldn’t he just have tapped to the leglock? C’mon. I’m going to plan to get knocked out? That’s ridiculous. Anderson doesn’t like to lose, he just got knocked out. Take nothing away from Chris Weidman. ‘Oh, that was a lucky shot.’ Well, you know what? 100 percent of the punches you don’t throw, don’t land. He threw a punch and it landed.
Still, the RFA president was complimentary of the man who beat his #1 client for the UFC middleweight title on Saturday night. Soares had many positive things to say about Chris Weidman.
“I thought Anderson was going to knock him out, but it didn’t work out that way. Once again, Chris Weidman overcame adversity, like he has several times over the past 12 months. As upset as I am to see Anderson lose and lose that way, and lose his title, on the other hand, I’m happy for Chris. He’s a really good guy, very respectful, and he’ll be a good champion.”
But what about a return bout between “The Spider” and “The All-American”? Mr. Soares had something to say about that too, but showed genuine concern for his client’s surroundings after this fight before a rematch could even be considered.
“We’re going to have to sit back and let the dust settle. What other fight make sense other than the rematch? Right now that’s the last thing on our minds. What I want to see from Anderson is I want to see him sit with his family. Hang out with the people who unconditionally care about him, whether he’s the champ or not the champ, winning or losing, knocking someone out or getting knocked out. He just needs to be around the people who unconditionally care about him, get his thoughts together, and figure out what his next step is.”
It was nice to see Ed give a far more human take on the whole situation in light of all the hyperbole that has emerged in the days since UFC 162. While we don’t yet know who or when Anderson Silva will be fighting next, MMASucka will be here once Ed releases the information.