UFC: Anderson Silva Says He Is Not Unbeatable and Isn't a Legend Yet

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IApril 19, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:  Anderson Silva celebrates after defeating Forrest Griffin during their light heavyweight bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Anderson Silva chatted with fans on Twitcam and denied being unbeatable and being a legend, the two words often applied to Silva.

Late last week, Ed Soares, Silva's manager, said that Silva was the best of all-time and that the stats don't lie.

“I really truly believe in my heart that Anderson Silva is the greatest fighter of all time," Soares said in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio.

It's tough to argue with Silva's track record. Thirteen consecutive victories in what every MMA fan deems as the major league of MMA, the UFC. Not to mention eight title defenses for Silva and two of those 13 wins came at a different weight class.

But to Silva, he isn't the best of all-time.

“Maybe I end up being the next victim in the Octagon!” Silva told fans.

Silva faces Yushin Okami in Rio come August. Okami is the last man to beat Silva, when Silva lost by disqualification for an illegal upkick.

Silva doesn't even think he's unbeatable.

“Surely I am not unbeatable. Sometimes, we go through situations that demonstrate it. We train hard to do a good job but at any moment I can lose. What lasts is what we built as a legacy—what we already did will be in history. This thing of ‘unbeatable’ is something too vague,” Silva said.

There a lot of things still left for Silva to accomplish before he is considered an "MMA legend" and enter the same pantheon as a fighter like Fedor Emelianenko.

“Perhaps I’m the next victim. The next fight [for me] is scheduled with Okami in August and let’s go there, UFC Rio,” Silva said. “There are still so many things I would have to do before I could be called a ‘living legend.’”

The bout between Silva and Okami being in Brazil, gives Silva a home field advantage. The crowd there, though, will be something else according to Silva.

“We’ll do our work. It’s a great opportunity to have the UFC back to Brazil and it is a big chance for Japanese MMA, which is currently in a complicated phase. The bout is very important to Okami as well. It will be nice. A World Cup environment.”