Anderson Silva talks about what his UFC 208 means to him, why he still fights at age 41 and so many recent losses

By Wade Keller, MMATorch editor

Anderson Silva (photo credit Jayne Kamin-Oncea © USA Today Sports)

UFC 208 co-main event Middleweight Anderson Silva, whom UFC President Dana White called the Tom Brady of MMA, says winning is still an important part of the equation, but mostly he fights because he loves it.

“It’s very important to win, but it’s more important to me to stay happy,” he said. “This is part of my life. This is me. I love to fight. My great motivator is first, I love fighting. Second, I see a lot of fighters stop their career and go to different jobs and different sports and never stay happy. Now, I have a different career, but it’s interesting because I love both. This is more important. When you love your job, you stay happy. When you stay happy, everything comes better.”

He said he has his fighting career in perspective relative to his family life. “In my mind and my heart, I need to do the best fighting outside the cage for my kids, my family and friends and to help more people. Inside the cage, it’s simple. You win two, three, five fights, maybe you become the best fighter in the world, but outside it’s more difficult. My goal is to be the best man in my life, not the best fighter.”

Watch Silva talk about fighting Derek Brunson at UFC 208 tomorrow night HERE.

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