The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight champion, Anderson Silva (33-4-0, 20 KOs), will look for his 11th consecutive successful title defense when he squares up against undefeated Chris Weidman (9-0-0, 3 KOs) at UFC 162.
The two will headline the UFC 162 fight card on July 6, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Even though Silva is MMA’s undisputed pound-for-pound king, a decent number of mixed martial artists and fans have Weidman emerging victorious on Saturday. It turns out boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather (44-0-0, 26 KOs), isn’t a fan of Silva either. In fact, “Money” claims he’s never even heard of the mixed martial arts legend before.
“This is boxing. I’m not disrespecting nobody. I respect the guys and whatever they do, but this is boxing. I don’t know that guy,” Mayweather responded when compared to Anderson Silva during a press conference. “Tell me he’s been at the top for 17 years? … [He has a] half a decade more to go, then talk to me.”
This isn’t the first time Mayweather has been dismissive of mixed martial arts, so his comments aren’t that surprising. It is a bit shocking Mayweather doesn’t recognize the many traits he shares with Silva.
On the surface, Mayweather and Silva are total opposites considering the fact “Money” markets himself as a trash-talking villain, who people pay to see lose, while Anderson projects a good-guy image, rarely ever saying anything negative about his opponents or anyone else.
However, once it’s time to fight, the similarities between the two become apparent. Silva and Mayweather have an unwavering confidence which typically breaks down opponents prior to fights, and both are masters of their crafts. Their dedication to constantly improving their technical skills is second to none.
While Anderson could perhaps use some marketing lessons from Mayweather, Floyd could learn a thing or two by watching “The Spider.” At times, Mayweather seems to be content cruising past his opponents, which is why you’ll sometimes hear uneducated boxing fans refer to his style as “boring,” while Silva is obsessed with putting his opponents away in devastating fashion.