Silva To Train In Thailand: Jones Jr. & Super-Fights Still On His Mind
In the aftermath of his recent loss to Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva is going to Thailand to train and in doing so, is looking to correct any technical mistakes he may have made in his bout with Weidman.
In speaking with the Portuguese news service “Estadao” the former champion stated:
“I did not have to put the blame on my team. Who made ??the mistake was me. I’ve made ??a technical error. I cannot put the blame on my team. Now is reviewing what I did wrong technically, that is something we are already doing, and think forward. We have a nice workout calendar, soon going to Thailand to spend time there and then back to finish our training in Rio.”
Beyond that, Silva said that he’s put the loss behind him and will focus on the re-match.
On the question of another loss and it leading to retirement Silva said “I do not know. I think it will all depend on what will happen after my conversation with Dana. That was a great question for Dana White.”
Other points of interest in the interview are that Silva is still motivated to do super-fights, but knows he has to deal with Weidman first.
Further, Silva says it is his intention to fulfill his new contract and “make those 10 fights.”
When asked about fighter pay, “The Spider” said that the sport is young and that better pay is “a matter of time.”
On the matter of the UFC being a monopoly, Silva said that he thought it was a monopoly, but that he takes his “hat off (to the UFC), not only for them but also for athletes who helped build this brand.”
Regarding MMA becoming an Olympic sport, the former champ said “I think you have no chance to turn this Olympic sport, has nothing to do with Olympic sport.” With that said, Silva said it had always been a dream of his to be in the Olympics and to possibly compete in Taekwondo, however, his schedule has not permitted that to happen.
On the matter of a boxing match with Roy Jones Jr. Silva commented:
“Sure, it’s my dream fight Roy Jones Jr. It’s a personal desire of mine, he also said he wanted the fight to happen and I hope that happens soon. I have a contract with the UFC; I think it has to be something conversed with Dana and Lorenzo, so they release me to make this fight. I think it will happen yes.”