Anderson Silva calls Vitor Belfort a coward while training with Wanderlei Silva
In a video courtesy of Ironforgesiron.com, UFC Middleweight champion apparently forgets that he is wearing a microphone while training with Wanderlei Silva for his upcoming UFC 147 headliner with Vitor Belfort. The results, to say the least, are comical. Anderson Silva calls Belfort a coward, telling Wanderlei to never back up in their fight. Realizing that he is being recorded, the longtime champ laughs and says that they should have wrote “cutie” underneath the large photo of Belfort on the wall.
This is a rare moment of animation from the Middleweight champ, as we have seen him be quite reserved in most of his media dealings. He has chosen to remain somewhat silent in the face of Chael P. Sonnen’s endless trash talk, save for stating that Sonnen is bad for the sport and has disrespected Brazil.
Perhaps Anderson Silva has branded Belfort a coward because he knocked him out with a brutal front kick in early 2011 in the first round. Wanderlei Silva said, “Now the whole world will know,” in response to the champion’s words, but Anderson Silva did not seem concerned. Will this advice translate into a victory over Vitor Belfort? Wanderlei Silva looked impressive in beating Cung Le his last time out, but Vitor Belfort is a different opponent. Belfort has knocked out Yoshihiro Akiyama and submitted Anthony “Rumble” Johnson to rebound strongly from his loss in the title shot. The two Brazilians are legends of the sport and coaches opposite of each other on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. They have fought before, with Belfort famously knocking Wanderlei Silva out with a vicious flurry many years ago. Who will come out victorious in the rematch?