Thales Leites steps in for Rousimar Palhares at UFC 101

After a disappointing performance and unanimous decision loss against UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, Thales Leites will be stepping back into the Octagon at UFC 101.

Leites confirmed today he will be stepping in for the injured Rousimar Palhares to fight Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 on August 8th at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Palhares suffered a fractured tibia and underwent surgery last week in Brazil.

“What is most important is getting back to fighting as soon as possible. I know that I didn’t fight well, that things didn’t go as I wanted against Anderson Silva, so nothing is better than starting again,” Leites told The former number one contender also added, “I know that the expectations will be enormous, because now I need to show that I deserve another shot at the title. But this is good, it will give more motivation.”

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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 ( 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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Anderson Silva: athlete or entertainer?

Dana White, the man who refuses to apologize for verbally assaulting a female journalist, found it necessary to do so on behalf of Anderson Silva after last Saturday night’s title fight. As a promoter, White has reason to be upset with his middleweight champion.

Silva’s last two performances inside the Octagon are not the type that encourages bloodthirsty-casual-fans to shell out $49.99. However, the reactions of those who are not responsible for the UFC’s bottom line are a bit befuddling.

To the surprise of no one, the blogosphere has been going crazy. After all, that is what the blogosphere does. Basically, the crux of their anger comes from the fact that people are under the impression that Anderson Silva has a duty and responsibility to entertain.

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Dana White calls Anderson Silva a “shell of what he once was”

The controversy over UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s last two fights continue.

Anderson Silva’s first appearance inside the UFC Octagon was on June 28, 2006 at “Ultimate Fight Night 5” where he fought Chris “The Crippler” Leben. Silva dispatched the iron-chinned Leben with a knockout just 49 seconds into the fight.

Silva continued his reign of terror over the next two years. He fought six times from the Leben fight in June of ’06 to his light heavyweight fight with James Irvin in July of ’08. He knocked out four of the six opponents and submitted the other two (the Lutter submission came from strikes). Not a single one of those opponents got out of the second round.

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Dana White post-UFC 97 interview

Mr. Steve Cofield continues his conversation with UFC President Dana White following UFC 97. The issue of media credentials is discussed as well as Anderson Silva and a recent interview White did with ESPN that will air May 12. It sounds as though the ESPN interview will most likely not be too flattering. Please like … Read more

Ed Soares defends Anderson Silva

UFC 97, which took place this past weekend, has provided plenty of topics for the blogger who is wishing to run up the number of comments on his site. Specifically, Anderson Silva’s performance against Thales Leites has come under heavy fire. Despite completely stifling his opponent’s offense and breaking the UFC record for consecutive wins, the champion has found himself in a firestorm of criticism.

Yesterday, Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares was a guest on MMAJunkie Radio. He responded to many of the criticisms that have been hurled at his client.

Ed Soares wasted little time getting to the main crux of his point, “If the challenger does not come in to take the champion’s belt, then what else can the champion do?”

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Interview with Chuck Liddell’s boxing coach, Howard Davis Jr.

Chuck Liddell brought in legendary boxing trainer Howard Davis Jr. to help him work on his hands for his UFC 97 fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Davis Jr. talks about the disappointing loss and Chuck’s training for the fight. Basically, Davis concludes it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. This is a very … Read more

Dana White UFC 97 video blog (4-18-09)

There are two parts to Dana White’s UFC 97 video blog for April 18th. In this first part Dana meets Cung Le and the lead actor from the new “Fighter” movie. Dana says he loves Cung Le and thanks him for beating up Frank Shamrock. In part two, we the viewers, get to see all the fighters back stage and get to walk to the cage with “The Iceman” for what will most likely be his final time.

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part 2 after the jump…

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Dana White embarrassed by UFC 97 main event

Dana White talks to ESPN Radio 1100’s Steve Cofield about Anderson Silva and his frustration over the Champ’s performance in the UFC 97 main event against Thales Leites. Dana also talks about Liddell’s retirement. Please like & share:

“UFC 97: Redemption” live gate and bonuses

According to UFC President Dana White at Saturday night’s post-fight press conference, 21,451 people brought in a live gate of $4.9 million to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, to watch “UFC 97: Redemption.”

The UFC gave out their largest bonuses ever with $70,000 per fighter.

Sam Stout defeated Matt Wiman by unanimous decision in a fight that earned them $70,000 each for “Fight of the Night”.  Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s first round KO of Chuck Liddell earned him “Knockout of the Night” and Krzysztof Soszynski’s first round kimura win over Brian Stann earned him “Submisson of the Night.”

Following UFC 97, Dana White confirmed his friend, Chuck Liddell, would “be with him forever” as part of the UFC, but it was his last time in the Octagon. “You will never see him on that canvas again” said the UFC President.

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