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It's going to be a weird night for Anderson Silva. For the first time since George W. Bush was in office, he's going to enter the cage first. He's not the main draw (even though we all know he's the main draw), he's the humble challenger coming to try and take the belt from a champion.
No one can tell how that's going to play on his mind, his opponent's mind, or the minds of the fans. No one can really tell anything about him at all, honestly, because his combination of broken English and goofing around make him almost unreadable.
And you know what? That's what makes Anderson Silva. And that's what Anderson Silva needs in order to regain his title - he needs to be himself.
He's the best any of us have ever seen at this MMA thing, a man that was thought to be indestructible as recently as July. He got there by clowning around in the cage, flustering opponents with his fearlessness and generally taking in-fight roads that no one had ever seen before.
He can't abandon any of that because of a single loss. He's gotta dance with what brought him to the cusp of immortality, and if it betrays him again then it was simply meant to be.