Light Heavyweight BJJ legend Robert Drysdale makes his UFC debut against Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163 on August 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but he's not contenting himself with intro level trash talk. Oh no, the former Mundials and Abu Dhabi world champ is aiming high and going after UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva, again.
Via MMA Mania;
"I don't know the guy, to be honest. I don't know where his animosity toward me comes from. I don't think about it very much, I don't care. I tend to be very opinionated and tell people what I think. That upsets a lot of people. Being half Brazilian, I understand Brazilians really well. This whole thing about hierarchy in Brazil, in his head, he ranks above everyone else and because of that, everyone should be kissing his butt. My world doesn't function like that. You're not better than me because you have a UFC belt. 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 beef between Drysdale and Silva goes all the way back to UFC 101 when Drysdale coached Silva victim Forrest Griffin. Drysdale didn't hesitate to share his thoughts on Silva then and he hasn't been shy about his opinions regarding Silva's willingness to fight Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre and hesitation to face Light Heavyweight Jon Jones.
Drysdale isn't a particularly large LHW so maybe he'll be cutting down to MW one day and putting his money where his mouth is against the champ. Of course he might want to ask Demian Maia or Thales Leites about how well a pure BJJ attack works against Anderson Silva.