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Video: Anderson Silva Talks GSP and UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones

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Anderson Silva talks about the possible super fight against Georges St. Pierre, retiring at middleweight and UFC 128: Mauricio Rua vs. Jon Jones with UFC Sem Limites:

"GSP is a great athlete, very dangerous, and he has his merits as well. He's dangerous, he's smart, he knows how to fight, and I think there will be an agreement on the weight issue. I don't think (weight) will be much of a factor, I mean, this is what the great Master Hélio Gracie used to say, that BJJ was created for the weak. And GSP is a great athlete and he has all the conditions to go up in weight and to fight at MW. Of course I have my advantages, as he has his. And it's a fight that people want to see, if it will actually happen we don't know."

"I'm fine in my weight class, I do not plan on leaving my weight class, I plan on retiring in my weight class. Another 10 years fighting in my weight class, hopefully it would be 10 years of victories. It's difficult, it's something that is more than likely impossible to fight another 10 years without losing. But we're going to try. As for the fight I train to fight with the best... there's no secret."

"It's going to be a big fight for (Shogun and Jones), they are both great athletes. Jon Jones has a small advantage because he's very young, and he can risk more. Shogun is the champion, he has experience, and... As a Brazilian I'm going to be rooting for Shogun. But it will be a tough fight for both of them and I think Jon Jones carries a small advantage because of that. Not that I think Jones is the favorite, I think he'll have a small advantage for being younger and would be able to risk more than Shogun."

Full transcript after the jump.

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TRANSCRIPT:

Reporter: So now that Vitor is behind, people want to know who will challenge you next
Who is going to be able to give you a challenge in taking your belt away
You have gone through all your opponents in your weight class, it is hard finding someone now because you have passed through everybody

Anderson: No, there's still a lot of people in my weight class, there are great athletes in my weight class still, I won't be able to remember all their names right now but there are still great athletes there
And now I have to wait and see, we'll continue training, as soon as I landed back here in Brazil I went back to training
Feijão is going to be facing Dan Henderson now, Rogério is going to be facing Tito Ortiz, so we have work to be done

Reporter: Now Dana has mentioned during the Press Conference that GSP would be next, that he's been wanting to make that fight happen for some time
I want to know what you think of this fight, GSP is a guy who fights at 77kg, he naturally weighs in around 89kg, and you have mentioned that your natural weight is over 100kg
Do you think this fight is more hype than it is competitive in reality? Because a lot of people are saying that it would be a massacre and I personally agree

Anderson: I don't agree. GSP is a great athlete, very dangerous, and he has his merits as well
He's dangerous, he's smart, he knows how to fight, and I think there will be an agreement on the weight issue...

Reporter: but don't you think this is a physical disadvantage for him? genetically you are very gifted, you are tall and skinny, you can go up in weight or down, and you have a huge reach advantage on him

Anderson: Yeah, but I don't think that will be much of a factor, I mean, this is what the great Master Hélio Gracie used to say, that BJJ was created for the weak
And GSP is a great athlete and he has all the conditions to go up in weight and to fight at MW
of course I have my advantages, as he has his
And... it's a fight that people want to see, if it will actually happen we don't know

Reporter: Would you like for it to happen?

Anderson: It's a good fight for the fans to see
We only need to agree on the weight so it will be good for him and it will be good for me
It's a fight that everyone wants to see, for me personally I want to fight the best, and... let's go

Reporter: Last September you had mentioned that you did not want to go up in weight. Do you still feel this way today?

Anderson: I do, I am MW Champion, and in our team we have Lil' Nog that fights at LHW, who has a chance of becoming champion
We have Lyoto, we have Feijão
So we stay true to our tradition, of our code of honor, each one stay in their entitled weight class and let's work together so that the sport grows even more

Reporter: Shogun had an interview a few weeks back in which he said that even though he has trained with you previously he'd have no problems facing you, that he's a professional

Anderson: Sure, [the fights] are professional

Reporter: would you accept this challenge, you said you wouldn't go up in weight, but...
How would you see this fight playing out? do you think this fight is a possibility?

Anderson: sure it's possible. I'm fine in my weight class, I do not plan on leaving my weight class, I plan on retiring in my weight class
Another 10 years fighting in my weight class, hopefully it would be 10 years of victories
It's difficult, it's something that is more than likely impossible to fight another 10 years without losing
But we're going to try. as for the fight I train to fight with the best... there's no secret

Reporter: now that you touched on the word ‘retirement', we heard these past few weeks your partnership with [now retired] Ronaldo, I would like for you to talk about that

Anderson: Dude, it's a great step for the sport...
9ine [Ronaldo's company] is a new born baby that is going to grow and needs all the necessary caution to get stronger and to where we'd like to see it

Reporter: and what exactly is 9ine going to do for the career of Anderson Silva? Is it going to take care of your image, is it going to make deal on fights?

Anderson: 9ine is going to take care of all my business outside of the UFC, my image, sponsors, things like that.

Reporter: Is Corinthians [football club] involved with this somehow? You wore their jersey in the end of the fight

Anderson: That's a secret,

Reporter: Anderson, UFC 126 was special not just because of your fight, but also because of Jon Jones' as well that got a lot of attention
Jones will now be challenging Shogun for the LHW belt
Who do you see winning this fight?

Andeson: wow, I'm going to call my psychic, then I'll let you know

Reporter: You're not going to risk it?

Anderson: I can't, it's going to be a big fight for both of them, they are both great athletes
Jon Jones has a small advantage because he's very young, and he can risk more
Shogun is the champion, he has experience, and... as a Brazilian I'm going to be rooting for Shogun
But it will be a tough fight for both of them and I think Jon Jones carries a small advantage because of that
Not that I think JJ is the favorite, I think he'll have a small advantage for being younger and would be able to risk more than Shogun

Reporter: One last question for you is regarding UFC Rio
We will finally have a UFC here in Brazil, what do you think about that and will we have Anderson Silva defending his belt in UFC Rio?

Anderson: I don't know if I'll be fighting in UFC Rio, but it's a unique opportunity and we need to take advantage of this so that we can have other events here
So that we can have another UFC here in the capital, in São Paulo, in Curitiba
We have to work, let's hope it will be a success
It's a big step for the sport inside Brazil and...
We'll need to wait and hope it to be a big success

Reporter: Anderson, we got a lot of questions through twitter
And one of the questions that was mostly asked was a possible match between you and Jon Jones
You mentioned that he's a young kid that is doing well and is coming with a lot of hype

Anderson: You guys hate me right? Everyone hates me...

Reporter: no easy ones right? Just hard ones.

Anderson: Just broken glass. Beating me is easy, what I want to see is if you're able to pay my bills
Well... I'm an employee of the UFC, I think that...
Everything is possible. It's like I said, I do not plan in going up in weight
I'm well in my weight class, I think there's a reason for everything
Everyone in their places, and JJ is a great athlete, we have a certain level of friendship in there
Of talking, he has told me a few times that he's my fan, that I inspire him a lot
And I'm not sure if that [fight] would happen, I don't have this desire

Reporter: he has some strikes that resembles some of yours, he seems to take a few things out of video games such as his elbow strikes...

Anderson: yeah, I think he's much better than me because he's younger, he can risk more, if he feels like doing a backflip with a Jackie Chan kick and land on two feet it will be beautiful and it will work, because he's young
And he can risk it, I had that phase as well

Reporter: Anderson thanks again for coming and congratulations once again on the victory
Now only Captain Nascimento can stop Anderson Silva [movie reference]

Anderson: [sarcastic] "don't joke around sir, be serious sir, you know we mean business, do you understand me?"

Reporter: Anderson take advantage of this time to leave a message to your fans, that are a lot

Anderson: Everyone out there, please keep on watching and participating and stay tuned to RedeTV and UFC Sem Limites, kisses from the fatty

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