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Robert Drysdale Measures Respect Without UFC Gold

Robert Drysdale thought little of Anderson Silva when the two crossed paths once. The opinion of the latest signee for the UFC hasn’t changed.

“You’re not better than me because you have a UFC belt,” said Drysdale to Pro MMA Now. “I don’t see the world like that so I just wasn’t kissing his butt like he was expecting me to. He’s probably used to that and I can see that upsetting him. From where I stand, I couldn’t care less how many belts he has or how good he is, I’m not going to respect you more or less because of that.”

The belt Drysdale is referencing is the middleweight one. It’s something Silva has been in possession of since 2006. Besides being the longest reigning champion, he also holds the most title defenses with 10. He’ll look to improve that number when Chris Weidman challenges for the gold at UFC 162 on July 6.

Drysdale is undefeated in his MMA career with six wins. All have ended via submission and never gone past the first round. The grappling champion takes on Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163.

UFC 163 is August 3 and sees the promotion return to Brazil. It’ll air from the HSBC Arena.