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link Never one to refrain from speaking his mind when asked to give his opinion, MMA manger Ed Soares has been frequently criticized as of late for trying to manipulate the UFC's matchmaking process or hand-select opponents for his clients, such as UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva.

Soares once again became a focal point of attention this past week when he suggested middleweight contender Chael Sonnen needed to avenge his February 2009 loss to Demian Maia before being considered for a title shot.

When Silva's UFC 112 opponent, Vitor Belfort, was forced to withdraw from the contest. Maia was named as the replacement. Several observers cried, "Foul," but Soares insists he had nothing to do with the replacement choice.

Soares said the process began on Thursday while he was in Brazil. A phone call from UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta got the ball rolling.

Post #1   2/13/10 8:07:09PM   

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I'd much rather see Anderson fight a striker at LHW like Cane or Thiago Silva than Demian Maia.

I know Anderson has questionable sub defense as that's how he has lost before, but it has been awhile since he's been submitted and this isn't ADCC, you can actually throw punches and elbows when the fight hits the ground, so I don't see Maia being too successful. Only time will tell though.

Post #2   2/13/10 8:14:05PM   

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<- Ed Soares, Im really tired of hearing/reading what he has to say.

Post #3   2/13/10 10:23:02PM   

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silva needs to defend once or twice more than move up too 205 and give up the belt

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What would that accomplish, remember he won't fight for the title so long as Machida holds it.

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Posted by jae_1833

What would that accomplish, remember he won't fight for the title so long as Machida holds it.

i don't think he'll be holding it much longer

Post #6   2/14/10 12:35:28AM   

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Silva is scared of Sonnen and is trying to avoid him. I hope Maia chokes Anderson out though. I can't wait to see Silva go down. He will one day.

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Posted by Sir_Karl

Silva is scared of Sonnen and is trying to avoid him. I hope Maia chokes Anderson out though. I can't wait to see Silva go down. He will one day.




IT's kinda obvious that you don't like Anderson, but seriously....

Scared of sonnen? Yeah, If I was a BJJ Black belt under Nogueria, I'd be scared of a white belt in jiu-jitsu who just wants to lay on me too. In Fact, I can see that convo between Anderson and Marquart before UFC 109 now:

Anderson: "Hey Nate, Just in case you lose, can you put a huge gash in Sonnen's Forehead JUST IN CASE Belfort can't fight me so that way Chael Won't fight me? Chael Scares the Crap out of me!"

Nate: "No problem buddy, I got you."

Anderson: "WHEW! Thanks bro. I'm telling you, that Chael Sonnen Lay 'n' Pray just TERRFIES me, man!"




Yeah, Maia Can choke anderson out, but If you honestly think that's gonna happen, I have no problem making a AV bet with you just as long as your not uncomfortable being seen with a Adam Lambert Avatar or something like that

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Shoulda fought at LHW...this fight sucks.

Post #9   2/14/10 8:49:22PM