Anderson Silva Takes the High Road in Response to Chael Sonnen

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UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva did an interview with GracieMag over the weekend, where he talked UFC 134, soccer, fighting in Brazil, and Chael Sonnen. The rest of the interview is pretty pedestrian, but Anderson's answer to the Sonnen question was a bit surprising. Instead of tearing into Sonnen as he's done in the past, Silva answers the question in a very level-headed way and doesn't stoop to Sonnen's level:

Your last opponent, Chael Sonnen, recently made some derogatory statements about you, Brazilian fighters, and the Brazilian people. Do you have anything to say about that?

Man, what can I say about him? All of us, as Brazilians, get upset by his attitudes. We respect Americans, Japanese; we respect everybody. We have a tradition in this sport dating back many years and it's sad to see people not respecting that. But if they don't respect you in one way, they will in another. We'll show our hegemony, our strength and heart in another way. Unfortunately, there are people living in the first world who aren't all that evolved. We have to show our intelligence, take in the good and filter out the bad.

Maybe since Sonnen is now facing Brian Stann at UFC 136, there's no need for Anderson or the rest of his camp to promote hostilities with him. Who knows. Surprisingly there's no mention of Yushin Okami in the interview at all despite him being Anderson's next opponent.

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