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Robert Drysdale Breaks His Silence on Remarks Made by Anderson "The Spider" Silva for UFC 101 with Forrest Griffin

Forrest Griffin's Jiu-Jitsu instructor Robert Drysdale was asked by the UFC Countdown Crew August 3rd for his opinion of the bout between his student, Forrest Griffin, and Anderson Silva. Drysdale stated Forrest Griffin would most likely submit Anderson Silva, based on his expert opinion. When the UFC Countdown Crew visited Anderson Silva, he was quick to lash out and question Drysdale's opinion. Anderson Silva even went as far as to directly insult Drysdale and call him an idiot.

Robert Drysdale is regarded as one of the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) instructors in the MMA world. Robert is a 6 time BJJ World Champion. He has over 90 BJJ tournament titles and won the prestigious 2007 ADCC Submission Grappling 1st place Absolute Gold medal. It should also be noted that Robert Drysdale was on Spike TV's hit series, The Ultimate Fighter, commonly referred to as TUF which was founded by UFC's Dana White. Additionally, Robert Drysdale was hand selected by UFC legend Randy Couture as head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor for his world class gym, "Extreme Couture" in Las Vegas.

Anderson Silva is considered by many MMA experts as one of the top three pound for pound MMA fighters in the world. ProFightNetwork and Fight_Net Radio have often shared these same beliefs and has never known a champion of this caliber to suddenly start rendering such remarks directly on an opponents instructor.

After watching the UFC 101 Countdown, ProFightNetwork and its staff were shocked at the interview and found it necessary to get exclusive remarks from Drysdale himself. Drysdale is one of ProFightNetwork's affiliate gyms and PFN wanted to give him an opportunity to respond to such harsh words. ProFightNetwork went on location to video and pod cast via the radio show which can be exclusively seen at www.ProfightNetwork.com. Drysdale gave us an exclusive interview that you will only see on ProFightNetwork. Drysdale advised PFN that any other quotes by him through any other forums or blogs, or other media outlets are erroneous. Robert is preparing for his fight and wanted to respond exclusively with ProFightNetwork and avoid any inaccuracies. Here are some key points from the interview. The entire video can be found at www.ProfightNetwork.com.

Drysdale told us "I am confused as to why Anderson Silva took the constructive criticism personally. The UFC's Countdown Crew specifically asked for my expert opinion and I responded truthfully."

ProFightNetwork's president Chris Greenman was on location and told us, "PFN sought out Robert Drysdale specifically because he is the best in the world at what he does and he is a class act. I mean come on, he is the most decorated BJJ competitor in the world, even my buddy Joe Rogan agrees. Additionally its not everyday that a UFC super legend like Randy Couture, asks you to head his entire Jiu-Jitsu program." Greenman also says, "Anderson Silva must be nervous, I would be as well. I walked into Robert's school and saw a who's-who list of UFC and MMA fighters getting tossed around and submitted like butter. Think about it, someone of Randy Couture's grappling background goes with this guy to lead his submission grappling program. I personally would want to go anywhere but the ground with Drysdale and I am a ground guy. What is someone's trainer supposed to say when asked this question by the UFC Countdown Crew? Stating anything but I think my guy is going to win would be disheartening, demotivating, and very disloyal. Anderson Silva should know that."

With little searching effort, ProFightNetwork found an interview in Fight Magazine where Frank Mir called Robert Drysdale, "The best grappler in the world," yet another former UFC champion vouching on behalf of Drysdale.

ProFightNetwork asked MMA guru, Patrick Schneider of Elite Broadcast Media his take on this situation and he told us that in his ten plus years of covering MMA print, radio and broadcast, he's never heard a UFC champion of Anderson Silva's caliber deliberately attack a trainer of Robert Drysdale's stature. ProFightNetwork feels there has to be more to this story.

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8/8/09 10:01 AM
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'submitted like butter' as an odd expression.
8/8/09 10:06 AM
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A.Silva is talking too much nowadays and should shut up....what happened to the humble quiet guy?

Drysdale would absolutely wreck Silva on the ground
8/8/09 10:08 AM
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In a BJJ match, yes. In MMA, no. Drysdale doesn't have any pro MMA experience, and has no experience in using BJJ when elbows are coming at you...
8/8/09 10:09 AM
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Spaghetti Legs - A.Silva is talking too much nowadays and should shut up....what happened to the humble quiet guy?

Drysdale would absolutely wreck Silva on the ground


anderson does what he wants.
8/8/09 10:15 AM
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In a BJJ match, yes. In MMA, no. Drysdale doesn't have any pro MMA experience, and has no experience in using BJJ when elbows are coming at you...


Yeah and if they ever fought MMA, Silva would run just like he did against Leites and try to win on points.

Then at the press conference say "my strategy is to not get hit" bullsh!t.

Silva is good at striking and good at BJJ, but he definitely is not great. Thats the problem with MMA today.
8/8/09 10:22 AM
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I'm a gigantic Anderson fan, but Drysdale is correct.
8/8/09 10:23 AM
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eljamaiquino - ^^^
In a BJJ match, yes. In MMA, no. Drysdale doesn't have any pro MMA experience, and has no experience in using BJJ when elbows are coming at you...


Yeah and if they ever fought MMA, Silva would run just like he did against Leites and try to win on points.

Then at the press conference say "my strategy is to not get hit" bullsh!t.

Silva is good at striking and good at BJJ, but he definitely is not great. Thats the problem with MMA today.


wicked troll bait.
8/8/09 10:24 AM
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eljamaiquino - ^^^
In a BJJ match, yes. In MMA, no. Drysdale doesn't have any pro MMA experience, and has no experience in using BJJ when elbows are coming at you...


Yeah and if they ever fought MMA, Silva would run just like he did against Leites and try to win on points.

Then at the press conference say "my strategy is to not get hit" bullsh!t.

Silva is good at striking and good at BJJ, but he definitely is not great. Thats the problem with MMA today.


What's the problem? You can't be great at everything. there's not enough time. Drysdale's striking is garbage (from his ammy fight against the can). His BJJ is great, his wrestling is mediocre. Anderson is at least good at everything. The goal In MMA is to win, not to be great at BJJ. Drysdale has never fought a pro MMA fight. He knows NOTHING about trying to apply BJJ on a pro MMA level. Anderson does, that why he's champ, a P4P greatest candidate, and making money to support his family.

And if you compare Forrest to Anderson, Silva's guard work in MMA has been miles better than Forrest's. When have you ever seen Silva get pounded out from his guard? We've seen Forrest get TKO'ed twice from his guard.
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 Is the Drysdale vs. Roger Gracie match at ADCC still on?
8/8/09 10:28 AM
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I can hear the next Goldie-ism coming:

You know Robert Drysdale respects the grappling of Forrest Griffin.

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1. The whole PFN/Drysdale relationship is incestuous. It's not like we have objective "reporting" here.

2. Why is it considered a "personal" attack when Anderson responds to Drysdale? Drysdale insulted Anderson's ability as a fighter. Any fighter is going to take what Drysdale said personally.

3. Imagine if you were the CEO of a company and someone that has never been a CEO, but only a manager at a local store said that someone that they trained could come and "beat" you at your job in one day. You would say that person is an idiot. You would ask what they have accomplished to say such a thing.

4. PFN is taking this personally because they can't have someone out there criticizing one of their moneymakers. It almost feels like someone that got embarrassed at the playground and feel like they have to get revenge. Juvenile.
8/8/09 10:50 AM
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Robert is right he was just hyping the fight. Anderson took it too personally.
8/8/09 10:58 AM
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Spike TV's hit series, The Ultimate Fighter, commonly referred to as TUF which was founded by UFC's Dana White.


LOL @ this BS
8/8/09 11:01 AM
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Drysdale is obviously in the right here.

I'm an Anderson fan but he took that comment badly and responded with unnecessary personal attacks. Just because you like him as a fighter doesn't mean he's right in this situation.

At any rate who really gives a shit.
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ugh that excerpt was total fluff garbage, i can't believe i just read most of it
8/8/09 11:23 AM
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 Was that written by someone older than 8?  WGAS WGAF.
8/8/09 1:29 PM
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He does need a MMA background, because it is different. Take a fight Drysdale. He submitted Lutter, and got a pretty little sweep on Franklin. I say he is good on the ground. Blackbelt from the Noguiera Brothers. Who is this Drydale? I bet a World BJJ Champion, or Naga, or Pan American? I have not seen him in MMA! Keep your opinion to yourself sounds like a good idea.
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mijo Drysalde is way beyond what you think he is on the ground google him or something check his wiki page or some shit and you will see more than just a couple NAGA titles ill give you that much
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That was painful to read.
8/8/09 4:52 PM
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Mir and the interviewer have never rolled with Roger I'm assuming.
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mrmetoo - Mir?


"With little searching effort, ProFightNetwork found an interview in Fight Magazine where Frank Mir called Robert Drysdale, "The best grappler in the world," yet another former UFC champion vouching on behalf of Drysdale."
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mrmetoo - Who the fuck is that interviewer? It sounded like he said he is partners with Drysdale. I really hope he is because that was fucking horrible.


exactly what i was thinking.
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mrmetoo - So they are 1-1 against each other? Garcia has grappled against the best of the best.


Pretty much, but Roger is 3-0 vs Drysdale as far as I know...Only person to really give Roger any trouble is Xande.

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