There’s no such thing as holding back. I want to finish as soon as possible. The only time I did it was because he was a friend of mine. It was against Thales Leites. We went until the last round because he’s a friend of mine and I respect him
but Anderson performed an ultrasound of Okami on the first round, he measured him in all ways possible and, when he switched the engine on, that’s what happens.
I hit Anderson Silva with more unanswered, undefended strikes than any fighter has landed on an opponent in the history of combat sports. Go count 'em up, Pointdexters
I struck him more times than Quasimodo struck the church bell at Notre Dame. I hit him so many times that I stopped fighting because my fists bouncing off his melon were ringing so loudly that it sounded like a bell, and I thought that the round, and the fight, were over. Actually, that's not true - I actually stopped out of mercy and boredom.
Vitor Belfort - "I was winning, (Anderson Silva) got lucky"
Silva, though, has rarely shown killer instinct in the last two years. Even his win over Griffin wasn’t devastating, though that wasn’t his fault. He hit Griffin with a jab while moving backward and stopped him.
Who will they be for? Jeez, I don't know. You know, Anderson I don't think has any fans. He's the only guy in the world that's been a champion four years, never beaten in four years, that's sponsored by one company.
Nobody sponsors him. Nobody puts their name on the guy. And nobody wants to dress like him, act like him, or be like him. I on the other hand have a number of sponsors, a number of merchandise that's got my name on it.
What a letdown the past couple of months have been for boxing fans. First was the collapse of the superfight just when it was on the verge of being finalized, then two dull events involving the two men who should have been squaring off against each other.
No one left the MGM buzzing with excitement. No one seemed to think $1,250 for a ringside seat was a great deal, and those who shelled out up to $65 for the pay-per-view telecast must have felt their cash could have been better invested in a couple more 12-packs.
The biggest winner on this night could have been mixed martial arts, where unless Anderson Silva is in the cage, you pay your money and you get your action.
"I'll fight whoever they want. I'm not scared of winning or losing. I've been through all that, and I'm not hiding behind the belt. They even considered having me hand over the belt."
"Ed told me that Joe Silva said something about having me give up the belt, and that things would still be pretty much the same, but I'd be free to put on super fights or fight in a different weight class. However, we thought about it, and came to the conclusion that this was something I earned with a lot of sweat and tears. It wasn't something I did on a whim, and I'm not the champion on a whim."
"I think that would be disrespectful to the fans. I don't plan on giving up the belt, and I won't do it. I might lose it in my next fight or a little further down the road, but much like I won it, I hope someone else really wins it. I want it to be earned the same way I earned it."
"I can't wait for Anderson to get done with his [UFC] contract, whenever that is -- I've heard [September] -- then let's get it on," Jones said.
Boxer Roy Jones Jr. says he has a verbal deal in place to fight fellow Floridian Jeff Lacy in July in Tampa, Fla.
Jones will promote the fight through his Square Ring promotional company and said the undercard will again include some mixed martial arts bouts.
"I love the MMA fighting, and I know we've got some good fighters who'll be part of it," Jones said without naming names.
Jones maintains he still intends to box Anderson Silva, the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champ who successfully defended his title Saturday with a unanimous decision over Thales Leites in Montreal.