Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champion, has finally decided it is time for him to speak for himself.
Silva, who is involved in a heavy feud with former challenger Chael Sonnen, has allowed manager Ed Soares to speak for him over the course of several months. Now, however “The Spider” is letting Soares know what he said was not right.
Soares has talked about Silva’s impending retirement, which the fighter himself denied, saying he has plans to fight for at least six or seven more years – much longer than Soares’ four more fights statement. Silva also revealed that he doesn’t have a contract with Soares and the comments made by him do not reflect the champion.
“His position was not good, was not cool, as a manager he needed to have a more professional attitude. He was not professional and I don’t know why,” said Silva, while appearing on Tela Nitida, a Brazilian television show, recently. “I think it was not cool. But everyone knows what’s best, he is a grown man and he is going to deal with the backlash of what he did.”
Silva added that no one speaks for him, and said, “I don’t have a contract with anybody, except with Nine9 and my sponsors, so anything can happen,” in regards to leaving Soares’ stable. Junior dos Santos is a fighter that has left Soares as his manager in recent months.
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<u>MMATraining Take</u>: Silva doesn’t really need a manager for much of anything at this point in his career, as the UFC champion can market himself however he wants to. Soares really won’t control if Silva steps inside the Octagon with Sonnen, as that seems to be totally up to Silva and the UFC.