UFC 101 Preview: Anderson Silva and Dana White Have a Philosophical Difference

3792824251_1232878511_mediumHere's Silva talking to Philly.com (HT MMA Mania):

"Sometimes, I can't believe it, man, I can't believe it," Silva, who is from Curitiba, Brazil, and speaks Portuguese, said via translator/manager Ed Soares. "Every time I step inside of the cage, I put my life in danger. Sometimes when you are standing outside of the Octagon, it's a lot different than being inside."

"I am there for the fans, but for the fans that boo, it comes down to a lack of knowledge," Silva said.

Dana White talking to Yahoo's Dan Wetzel:

"I don’t know what’s going to happen when Forrest fights Anderson Silva but I know this, Forrest going to go after him," said White, barely containing his giddiness at the prospect. "Silva is going to have to end the fight."

"At the end of the day, I’m a fight fan," White said. "I’m a huge fight fan."

"Here’s the thing about us," White said. "It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you fight the fight."

"Guys that go in there and try to avoid a fight, we don’t want guys like that fighting for us," White said. "A guy that (puts) on a great fight, I’ll throw money at them all day. Even when they lose I’ll give them more money than it says in their contract because of the way they fight."

Anderson Silva has got to be driving Dana White batty. On the other hand, Dana signed off on putting him in the cage with Patrick Cote and Thales Leites when there were other options (Yushin Okami, Demian Maia).

Hopefully Forrest will force him to bring it at UFC 101. Then if we're lucky we can look forward to Anderson vs Henderson II, Anderson vs Maia/Marquardt, and maybe, just maybe Anderson vs Belfort or Wanderlei.

UFC 101

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