Two years ago, Anderson Silva hated to answer any question related to Chael Sonnen. With two wins over "The American Gangster" on his record, the Brazilian is more relaxed to talk about his long-time rival.
"This guy will be the next president of the United States (laughs)," Silva said during an interview to Metro. "He’s smart, political, knows how to promote himself. He’s not an athlete with great results, but he knows how to promote himself. He knows how to use the UFC, and that’s something that many other athletes can’t. He’s very intelligent."
Sonnen moved up to the light heavyweight division after losing to Silva for the second time, and the Brazilian discards that possibility in case he loses again to Chris Weidman on Dec. 28, at UFC 168.
"There are a bunch of 205-pound guys on my team," he said. "Rafael Cavalcante, Rogerio Nogueira, Glover Teixeira… I have no intentions to move up."
Silva is scheduled to travel to Japan and Thailand to work on his game before the rematch with Weidman, and he’s not thinking about the fight yet.
"I’m going to Japan now, then Thailand," he explains. "But it’s too soon to talk about the fight yet. I did that for years, so I’m not worried now. I will start my intensive trainings and make sure that things happen again."
The former middleweight kingpin failed to defend his 185-pound title for the 11th consecutive time against Weidman on July, and he believes that will make people see him with other eyes now.
"I never said it was impossible (to lose a fight). I always put myself like a normal human being," said Silva. "I can fail at any moment, lose. I think it was good because people will now see me as a human being. I will be able to make more mistakes."