Anderson Silva: 'A Lot Of People Thought I Was Gay'

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva (top) punches Chael Sonnen during a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Anderson Silva's certainly been in the news a lot lately. Whether it's offering to save UFC 151, to discussing Jon Jones, or more recently admitting he didn't want to finish Thales Leites, this is the most publicity The Spider has received on a consistent basis, especially in North America. The middleweight champion also recently revealed in an interview with Tatame that during his teenage years that many people believed he was gay. (Via Fighters Only Magazine)

"A lot of people thought I was gay," Anderson Silva admits.

It has been observed numerous times over the years that the middleweight champion has an unusually high-pitched voice for such an alpha male and Silva says that when he was a teenager, more than one person thought he was gay.

That probably wasn’t helped by the fact that until around the age of 14 he thought it was "normal" to allow his sister to dress him up with girl’s clothes and play with dolls.

"We would wear a dress, put on her shoes," the UFC champion tells Tatame with admirable frankness. "And because I am very vain about my appearance, and have a high voice, a lot of people were sure I was gay."

Silva is married to his wife Dayane of 15 years, and has five children (three sons and two daughters).

It's certainly an interesting detail from Silva that previously hadn't been made public. Fans have long known him as one of the greatest fighters of all-time and certainly a fantastic fight finisher, but his voice almost doesn't fit with the way he fights. Perhaps it's enhanced his following because he is not physically imposing in stature nor does he have a deep voice. It's a little bit like Mike Tyson in his prime (minus body build), his style in the boxing ring was incredibly violent, he was built like a tank, but had an almost comically squeaky voice.

I'm sure anyone who had teased or accused Silva of being gay all those years ago aren't going to do it to his face now.

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