Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, talks with PRO MMA about Forrest Griffin fight

It is probably safe to say that 34-year-old UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva is nearing the end of his career. Some have even suggested once he fulfills the four remaining fights on his UFC contract, he may walk away from professional competition.

Now more than ever it is important Anderson fight those opponents which will inspire him. He needs fighters who will push him and test him, and he needs fighters with a big name. Forrest Griffin fits the category perfectly and the two have signed to fight each other at UFC 101 on August 8th.

PRO MMA (promma.info) spoke with Anderson Silva’s manager and translator Ed Soares on Tuesday not only to confirm the match-up but to get their feeling on the fight, how it got put together, what the conversation with Dana White was like, Anderson’s future, and more.

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“Ace” prepares for the “Axe Muderer” – PRO MMA exclusive interview with Rich Franklin

Undoubtedly, Rich Franklin is an MMA icon. The 34-year-old former UFC Middleweight Champion has achieved a level of success only a small percentage of fighters will ever know. On June 13th at UFC 99, “Ace” will have the unique opportunity of sharing the main event Octagon with “the Axe Muderer” Wanderlei Silva as the UFC takes their show to Germany for the very first time. 

After losing a close split decision to former Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson at UFC 93 back in January, Rich will now face a whole different kind of beast in Wanderlei Silva. Silva is known for his very aggressive straight-forward style of striking and will be looking to KO Franklin. 

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BREAKING NEWS: Couture pulls out of May 15th bout UPDATED

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from Miesha Tate that Kim “Sugar Free” Couture has pulled out of the two’s scheduled May 15th bout on the SHO MMA: Strikeforce Callengers card in Fresno, California. Reasons for Couture’s with drawl form the event are rumored to be due to personal issues between Kim and Randy Couture. PRO … Read more

Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin in UFC 101 super fight

If Anderson “The Spider” Silva has been playing poker with the UFC, then Dana White just pulled out an ace. According to a new report from Kevin Iole, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will move up to the 205 lbs. limit of light heavyweight to fight former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and original “Ultimate Fighter” Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 on August 8th.

Anderson Silva drew the ire of the UFC President as well as much of the MMA media following his performance against Thales Leites in UFC 97’s main event. Leites is predominantly a jiu-jitsu fighter and refused to stand with the middleweight champ. What ensued was a drawn out five round unanimous decision for Silva.

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THE INFO episode 18: featuring Scott Smith, Kurt Osiander & Raul Castillo

It was another packed show as Scott Smith, Kurt Osiander and Raul Castillo joined PRO MMA’s (promma.info) Matt De La Rosa and “Fast Eddie” Constantine on the latest edition of THE INFO. Smith just signed on to fight Nick Diaz at Strikeforce’s June 6th show in St. Louis, Missouri. Smith and Diaz were both victorious … Read more

Memphis holds first sanctioned MMA event with “Cage Assault: Bragging Rights” on April 24

On Friday, April 24, 2009 “Cage Assault: Bragging Rights” took place at Minglewood Hall and marked the first sanctioned MMA event ever to be held in Memphis, Tennessee.

There were a total of ten bouts on the card, including two amateur fights. The card was headlined by a heavyweight match-up featuring Matt Thomas vs. Jacob Noe which unfortunately ended in a no contest after a knee strike to a downed opponent forced the doctor to stop the fight in round one.

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