Anderson Silva’s manager Ed Soares is fed up with allegations of Silva greasing and putting on a lackluster performance Saturday at UFC 97.
Soares expressed his frustrations in a phone interview with The Fight Network on Tuesday.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Soares. “We didn’t put any Vaseline on. Let’s face it. How much Vaseline can come off the eyebrows that’s going to make a difference?”
According to Soares, greasing was a non-factor.
“Where else is he going to rub it? On his shorts?” he asked. “Even if he had a bunch of Vaseline on him… In this fight, it wouldn’t have made a difference.”
Soares, irritated about the bad press surrounding Silva’s performance, thinks “The Spider” has nothing to be ashamed of.
“Everything that people questioned that Anderson could do, he did,” said Soares. “He fought five rounds against a competitor like Thales Leites, hardly even broke a sweat and walked out without a mark on him.”
Soares blames the slow-paced fight on Leites’ unwillingness to stand and trade.
“It’s not [Silva’s] fault his opponent didn’t want to engage,” he said. “He’s the champion. The challenger has to come in and take the belt from the champion.”
Since the fight was uneventful, Soares indicates that it was up to Leites to make it enthralling.
“It’s not the champion’s responsibility to go down there and make the fight exciting and have a grappling match with Leites,” he said. “He has to come in there and take the belt from the champion.”
According to the founder of the “Sinister” clothing brand, there are many positives coming off Silva’s showing, all of which have been disregarded by critics.
“I think people should watch the fight again,” said Soares. “He went to the ground. Leites couldn’t even pass his guard.”
Soares also addressed his inaccurate translation of Silva’s post-fight comments. Soares initially said that Silva apologized for his unstimulating title defense, but “The Spider” did no such thing.
“By no means was it intentional,” said a defensive Soares. “I’m not a professional translator, but I think I do a pretty good job. Sometimes I don’t remember everything that our guys say. It’s a long statement. I’m human. It’s not easy to repeat, let alone translate, a forty-second statement.”
Soares doesn’t think Silva’s comments were meant to be condescending. “I don’t think he said [you guys are paying my salary] in a pretentious way.”
According to Soares, Silva is the victim of such harsh disapproval because of his position at the top of the pound-for-pound heap in mixed martial arts.
“People need to start focusing on the positive things,” he said. “What about Anderson having nine consecutive wins? It’s ridiculous. The guy just broke a record.”
Soares was not impressed by Montreal’s attendees.
“There’s nothing to be booing about man,” he said. “The people who were booing were probably some uneducated fans. It’s unfortunate.”
Soares, who also manages high-profile Brazilian combatants Lyoto Machida, the Nogueira brothers and Paulo Filho, thinks Silva is the epitome of a mixed martial artist.
“What is the true essence of martial arts?” asked Soares.
“It’s to inflict damage without getting any damage done to yourself. It’s pretty obvious he went out there and did that.”