Soares: Silva a bigger star in Brazil than Kobe Bryant in US


"He’s bigger than Kobe Bryant and LeBron James here," his manager Ed Soares said on Wednesday's edition of The MMA Hour. "He's bigger than that there. It’s crazy. Every time I go there, I don't think it can get any bigger, but he seems to get even bigger."

"He went from a guy who was a top fighter in the world, a top pound-for-pound fighter to just about everywhere he goes, everybody's like, 'Hey, champ, you’re the greatest. You're the best. Can I get you this? Can I get you that?' It’ll get anybody a little bit tripped out. I think he’s kind of filling into the shoes that he's become. I think he's doing a great job with it. He's really kind of come full circle. I think he's handling it very well. He's kind of back to his roots. It’s very nice to see because there were some times when it started getting a little crazy."

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Goderson Silva site profile image  

10/20/12 2:41 PM by Goderson Silva

Sick rich.

Mayonesa site profile image  

10/20/12 2:20 PM by Mayonesa

Annual earnings according to Forbes: 2012: $50 Million, 2011: $53 Million, 2010: $48 Million, 2009 : $45 Million, 2008: $39 Million, 2007: $33 Million, 2006: $31 Million, 2005: $28.8 Million, 2004: $26.1 Million

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10/20/12 11:53 AM by victorpoprock

you are 100% wrong. The NBA does not serve a larger audience. Maybe in the US alone they do, but the UFC is shown globally and it's overall numbers blows away the NBA.    There were repeats of UFC unleashed that drew bigger ratings in the US than live NBA playoff games. 

victorpoprock site profile image  

10/20/12 11:49 AM by victorpoprock

Yeah and in Brasil the NBA is shit. You are loking at things too much throught the eyes of an American.  Basketball and football may be huge in the US but in Brasil, it's about as popular as water polo is here. 

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10/20/12 11:40 AM by muppetsbungalowedbeyatch

I should hope so. Kobe and lebron are both dicks

cheesesteak site profile image  

10/20/12 11:15 AM by cheesesteak

I don't doubt that AS is more popular than Kobe in maybe that small little area of Brazil that he's from, but in the whole way.Look I have brazilian friends that are outside of the coastal cities, basically the whole interior of Brazil barely knows that a UFC nor BJJ exists. It's all soccer, soccer, soccer. I have no idea where they get these figures from but it is bogus. MMA is still a fringe sport in most of the world.Sure some hipper younger guys may know of it, but in general it really is soccer....

Farewell Brock site profile image  

10/20/12 10:42 AM by Farewell Brock

The arguement that Anderson doesn't make Aa much money than Kobe is laughable and completely invalid.But for shits and giggles.Anderson pulls in what 3mill a fight? Something like that? What's Kobe make per game?

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

10/20/12 7:54 AM by Bobby Lupo

Can we get NINOPLATA to weigh in on this matter?

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

10/19/12 11:16 PM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

Jon Jones has a Nike deal. The difference between Jon's Nike deal and any NBA player's Nike deal?It's like comparing the wages of a sweatshop worker stitching Nike shoes versus an American factory worker backed by a union. Same definitely goes for Kobe Bryant versus Anderson Silva. But that is ok because it's the way it should be. It's not a slight to suggest Bryant is the bigger star. The NBA serves a larger audience and as such it's biggest stars will make the UFC's biggest stars seem less than.

dus 10 site profile image  

10/19/12 11:05 PM by dus 10

Tthe brazilians on here are Fn hilarious tho! MOAR BRAZILIAN!