UFC: Anderson Silva Says Yushin Okami Could Have Continued in First Fight

Michael Evans@@MikeEvansMMACorrespondent IIIApril 22, 2011

As great as Anderson Silva is, with 13 straight wins in the UFC and the long time middleweight champion, little is known about him personally.  He has often been in the spotlight, but he is quick to disappear from it.  Silva is a man that is often misunderstood in terms of who he really is.

Silva is loyal to his friends and training partners and a modest family man at his best.  He is engaging and has a comforting smile.

But, at other times in his UFC tenure he has been tough to read.  In performances against Patrick Cote, Thales Leites and  Demian Maia he danced and showboated, looking almost bored in the Octagon.  These incidents left fans and UFC President Dana White puzzled and angry.

While fans clamor for an Anderson Silva-Georges St-Pierre matchup, Silva's next fight is against Yushin Okami.  It will be the first UFC event held in Brazil in over 12 years.  Okami was the last man to record a victory against Silva, winning by a disqualification that Silva disputes to this day.  Silva was unaware that he could not upkick a downed opponent.  He had previously been allowed to do so and says that he was not told of the rule differences.

In an interview with Todd Martin of the Los Angeles Times, Silva talked about that fight and how he feels he was not well informed of the rules at that Rumble on the Rock event.  Anderson stated, "I was a little surprised with his reaction to that. Do I think he could have continued? I do think he could have continued. But he had the rules in his favor. I did an illegal kick and he chose that it was better not to continue."

The fight will be Silva's first time fighting in Brazil since 2003.  He will be motivated to get a measure of revenge for what he sees as an unfair loss, with the added bonus of having the chance to do that at home.