UFC 126: Silva says it’s difficult to stay a champ

By Dennis Gasgonia, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Jan 20 2011 09:04 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2011 06:53 AM

UFC 126: Silva says it’s difficult to stay a champ 1MANILA, Philippines – For Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight king Anderson Silva, clinching the championship is as challenging as staying a champion.

“It's every athlete's dream to become a champion. However, in this sport, it's very difficult,” said Silva in a UFC promotional video.

He is set to face Brazilian Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort in UFC 126 next month.

Silva is UFC’s longest reigning champion, having been undefeated since winning the middleweight title from Rich Franklin in October 2006.

He has been unstoppable in his succeeding fights until he faced Chael Sonnen last August.

The outspoken Sonnen dominated Silva in 4 rounds before getting submitted with a triangle choke in Round 5.

“After the Chael fight, people think I'm human again and that anything can happen,” said Silva. “I could be knocked out, I could be submitted.”

He, however, said he will continue to defend his title against anyone who wants to challenge him.

“I'm not concerned who my next opponent is. He's as dangerous opponent just like the rest. Whoever they put in front of me, I'm here to fight,” said Silva.

He will take on “The Phenom” on February 5 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I am very happy to be fighting someone like Vitor. Before I started fighting, Vitor was already a young champion, so it's great to be able to fight him now,” he said.

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