UFC 234 video: Anderson Silva tears up at weigh-ins
It was an emotionally charged weigh-ins interview for both Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya at UFC 234.
Saturday night will mark Anderson Silva’s first fight since February 2017, when the legendary former UFC middleweight champion won a close decision against Derek Brunson. A USADA violation and subsequent suspension for ingesting a contaminated supplement rendered him inactive over the past two years.
At the UFC 234 weigh-ins, the 43-year-old Silva was overcome with emotion as an adoring crowd in Australia cheered him on during his interview with Jon Anik. It took him nearly 40 seconds to respond to Anik’s request for his thoughts on his bout vs. “The Last Stylebender.”
“Thank you, guys, thank you,” Silva said. “I work my entire life for this sport and I try to do my best, and I need to say thank you God for giving one more time the opportunity to give great show for you guys. Thank you so much Australia, thank you Dana [White], thank you. Thank you, guys.”
As you can see in the video below (courtesy of Submission Radio), this led to Adesanya struggling to hold himself together, and he was ready to cry, too.
”He’s trying to make me cry. F—k him,” Adesanya said. “He’s trying to make me cry for real.”
“I’m a fan of this man,” he added. “But just because I’m a fan doesn’t mean you can’t catch these hands, and elbow, and feet, and knee. Tomorrow we’re going to throw everything in the cage. We’re gonna have fun, alright? I’ll send him off in a nice way.”
Adesanya later admitted to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that yes, he’s “vulnerable enough to express” that he’s in his feelings, but that Silva pulled a “trump card” by doing that at the weigh-ins.
Adesanya vs. Silva serves as the UFC 234 co-main event in Melbourne, while middleweight champion Robert Whittaker takes on Kelvin Gastelum in the main event. The Adesanya-Silva winner is supposedly in line to get the next title shot.