Anderson Silva is saying that the cold war between he and his one-time friend turned bitter rival, Wanderlei Silva, was generated by the media.
“Most part of everything that was reported between us was foolish from the media,” Anderson told Fighter’s Only Magazine. “The media wants to sell a polemic image of us and it was what happened.”
Problems between the two Silvas’ can actually be traced back many years. Both Anderson and Wanderlei competed in the now-defunct PRIDE organization and trained together at the Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil, a Muay Thai academy where Wanderlei was their top dog. Wanderlei even cornered Anderson for several of his fights in PRIDE.
Anderson left the academy in early 2005 to start Muay Thai Dream Team after several disputes with Chute Boxe’s management. As revealed last night on the UFC 99 Countdown show, Anderson blamed Wanderlei for not being used by PRIDE after his departure from Chute Box, as Wanderlei was PRIDE’s biggest star. Anderson’s last fight with PRIDE was during his stint with Chute Box on December 31, 2004, when he lost to Ryo Chonan via submission in the third round – a fight where he was cornered by Wanderlei.
“I never talked anything bad about him; I always respected him,” Wanderlei said this past April in an interview with Sherdog. “He has always been my friend, always respected me, but now he came with that statement [about Wanderlei’s move being pretentious]. I can’t understand that. I didn’t come down to 185 to face him. Actually I didn’t have that intention . . . Changing divisions and fighting the champion would be too pretentious.
“I should have to have many fights before facing him, but concerning his last statements, I think the way is open and the war is declared.”
Despite Wanderlei declaring war on him, Anderson doesn’t have anything negative to say towards his former training partner.
“I haven’t got much to say about Wanderlei,” Anderson stated. “He’s a great athlete and he showed himself to be a cool guy during a long time. Today we haven’t the same contact anymore. But I haven’t got nothing at him at all. I wish him the best wishes. He’s a great fighter.”
Anderson went on to note that a fight between the two is not in cards.
“I’m training to fight the best,” Anderson Silva noted. “It’s a fight that I wouldn’t like to happen, but if it comes to pass it would just be another normal fight for me. There won’t be anything new in that fight for either me or him.”