Fabricio Camoes Discusses His Bout with Anderson Silva in 1997
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 12.28.2013
They fought for over 25 minutes...
UFC lightweight fighter Fabricio Camoes recently discussed the experience of when he fought former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at an event in Brazil in 1997. Silva defeated Camoes by TKO in a four-man tournament. It was Camoes' second professional MMA bout, and he had won one fight earlier in the night before he faced Silva.
Camoes is set to face Jim Miller at UFC 168 later today. Below are some highlights from Camoes reflecting on his fight with Anderson Silva:
Camoes on the night he faced Silva: "I defeated my first opponent and then got to face Anderson in the final, all on the same day. We fought nonstop for over 25 minutes, after which Anderson scored the technical knockout. It was an excellent experience to face such an idol of our sport early on. Not everyone can say that."
Camoes on not fighting angry and not holding animosity against his opponents: "No truly professional athlete fights angry. We see it as a sport. I've extended my hand in friendship to all athletes I've faced, including Anderson Silva. Ultimately, time will pass us by, we'll retire, and all that we'll have left are those memories made inside the octagon, and the friendships we forged. So there's no place for animosity. Of course, trash-talking has its place in promoting the fights, but deep down when it's all said and done, we shake hands and keep it professional. That's what matters to me."
Camoes on keeping in touch with Silva after their fight: "After our fight, we kept in touch. We always ran into each other at various Brazilian events. I think I faced some of the toughest guys in Brazilian MMA at the time. Anderson Silva is a phenomenon. I'm a fan of his, not just because we are friends, but for everything that he's done in the sport. His vast international experience is something he enjoys sharing, and it's very reassuring for the rest of us. I think the fact that we both go back to that vale tudo event in 1997 is certainly another factor to improve our bond of friendship."