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Anderson Silva Attempts To Buoy Defeated Jose Aldo’s Spirits With Kind Words Of Support

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - APRIL 11: UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo and UFC Middleweight fighter Anderson Silva (L) of Brazil smile during the UFC 212 press conference at Morro da Urca on April 11, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Brazil’s Jose Aldo wasn’t best pleased with his countryman Anderson Silva last month and with good reason.

After he had been removed from the UFC 212 card, a disgruntled Silva urged fans to return their tickets for the June 3rd show in Rio de Janeiro and demand refunds. This despite the fact that the show’s main event, a featherweight title fight between champion Aldo and interim titlist Max Holloway remained intact.

Speaking to FloCombat a few days after Silva made these controversial and slightly self-serving remarks, Aldo fired back at ‘The Spider’.

“I am the one who is going to fight in the main event, the show is going to be held in the city I live in and where I have a legion of fans. Everyone is going there to watch José Aldo vs. Max Holloway. I’m sure no one will return their ticket because he was not fighting in the main event,” said the South American ‘Scarface’.

“I would never do such a thing. The UFC played an important role in shaping me [into] the athlete I am today. I have my merits, I worked hard and I deserved this. But I would not have achieved this by myself. I had to leave fight cards in less than a month also, and still, I encouraged the fans to attend the show. You can’t put the fans against the organization–doesn’t matter what happens. When everything is doing well, you are good, but whenever things change, it is everything against you.”

“I always tried to defend the athletes that are in the beginning of their careers, the ones I thought were treated unfairly. I had a lot of problems with the UFC and I was punished many times for stepping up for other fighters. The UFC always made it clear that I should defend myself in order to grow in the organization. But, when you care less about other fighters and only think of your own gain, you show the fans who you really are, your real character. When you are doing fine, you are one kind of person. When things are going bad, you change your personality. I will never be like that, no matter what.”

In spite of this little disagreement, Silva was one of the first to attempt to buoy Aldo’s spirits in the aftermath of his devastating third-round defeat to Holloway on Saturday night.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Silva referred to Aldo as a “great hero” and a “great champion”, adding “no one can take this story away from you; no one.”

Meu irmão. Você é muito maior de que qualquer batalha, a sua história nos da a plena certeza de que você é um grande herói, um grande campeão, sou e sempre serei seu fã meu irmão. O que você tem de mais precioso vai muito além. Lógico que estávamos todos torcendo por você e pela sua vitória, mais não se cobre e nem deixe ninguém cobrar de você irmão, pois você é fantástico no que faz e faz com amor e com seu coração, não esqueça de quem você é e o quanto você faz a diferença nesse esporte, você mudou a vida de muita gente, você é motivo de vitória e de superação pelo exemplo que se tornou, mantenha sempre a cabeça erguida DEUS está no controle sempre. Você é um grande campeão, ninguém pode tirar essa história de você, ninguém; batalha são ganhas e outras perdidas, mas a guerra nunca. Você é um gigante, não veio a este mundo por acaso você é Ze Aldo. Nosso Ze Aldo. Não esqueça irmão, DEUS te abençoe sempre guerreiro . “Isso é o que somos até o fim dos nossos dias, anos e aqueles como nós meu amigo, muito poucos.” . My brother. You are much bigger than any battle, your story gives us the full assurance that you are a great hero, a great champion, I am and I will always be your fan, brother. What you have most precious goes far beyond. Of course we were all rooting for you and for your victory, but do not cover yourself or let anyone charge you brother, because you are fantastic in what you do and do with love and with your heart, do not forget who you are and how much You make a difference in this sport, you have changed the lives of many people, you are cause for victory and overcoming by the example that has become, always keep your head up God is always in control. You are a great champion, no one can take this story from you, no one; Battle is won and other losses, but never war. You are a giant, did not come to this world by chance you are Ze Aldo. Our Ze Aldo. Do not forget brother, GOD bless you always warrior. “That is what we are to the end of our days, and those like us my friend, very few.”

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“My brother. You are much bigger than any battle, your story gives us the full assurance that you are a great hero, a great champion, I am and I will always be your fan, brother. What you have most precious goes far beyond. Of course we were all rooting for you and for your victory, but do not cover yourself or let anyone charge you brother, because you are fantastic in what you do and do with love and with your heart, do not forget who you are and how much You make a difference in this sport, you have changed the lives of many people, you are cause for victory and overcoming by the example that has become, always keep your head up God is always in control. You are a great champion, no one can take this story from you, no one; Battle is won and other losses, but never war. You are a giant, did not come to this world by chance you are Ze Aldo. Our Ze Aldo. Do not forget brother, GOD bless you always warrior. ‘That is what we are to the end of our days, and those like us my friend, very few.'”

Silva, of course, can understand what Aldo is going through better than almost anyone. The stories of each fighter have many parallels with one another.

After almost seven years as middleweight champion, Silva’s reign came to a sudden and shocking end when he was knocked out by Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July of 2013. He would suffer a second straight defeat when he rematched Weidman later that same year.

Aldo’s reign as featherweight king, WEC and UFC, was just over seven years old when he was sparked in a mere 13 seconds by Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in December of 2015. Although Aldo bounced back from the McGregor loss to score a win over Frankie Edgar, the Holloway defeat was his second in a little more than 18 months.

Both of these men looked nigh on invincible at various points in their careers, but time and/or the evolution of combat catches up to every fighter eventually.

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