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Anderson Silva Admits He Didn’t Finish Thales Leites Because “He’s A Friend”

UFC president Dana White isn’t going to like to hear what Anderson Silva had to say recently. Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, told the Brazilian news outlet Tatame that he didn’t finish Thales Leites because of their friendship.

Silva scored a decision victory over Leites back in 2009, his first non-finish win since 2004. “The Spider” went on to knockout Forrest Griffin in a bout at light heavyweight later that year before scoring another decision over Demian Maia.

“There’s no such thing as holding back. I want to finish as soon as possible,” Silva said. “The only time I did it was because he was a friend of mine. It was against Thales Leites. We went until the last round because he’s a friend of mine and I respect him.”

Silva angered White after he failed to remain aggressive vs. Maia, especially considering the fight was the first for the UFC in Abu Dhabi.