Where is Anderson Silva?


Current UFC middleweight champion Anderson ‘the Spider’ Silva has not yet arrived in Cincinnati where he intends to defend his title against the man he took the belt from in devastating fashion, Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin. Supposedly the Brazilian has encountered VISA problems but the latest word is he is set to arrive sometime on Thursday. Hopefully for this fight he’s coming in light as the stress and lack of time could be draining if he has to drop weight upon arrival for weigh-ins Friday afternoon.

Here’s a snip from MMAWeekly.com:

“According to sources close to the Silva, he had planned to be in town by now along with the other UFC 77 fighters, but there were delays in the issuance of his work visa.

Apparently, due to a recent holiday, government offices in Brazil were closed this past Friday and Monday thus delaying his visa being issued. He evidently did receive the visa on Wednesday and hopes to arrive in Cincinnati on Thursday.

Most UFC fighters typically arrive four to five days prior to an event to fulfill the necessary media and production requirements, as well as getting acclimated to their surroundings and finish any last minute weight cutting.

With Silva arriving just two days prior to his fight, as long as there are no further delays, questions are sure to abound as to whether or not it will affect his performance come Saturday night.”


~ by mmaglobal on October 18, 2007.

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