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Giant Silva was an olympian

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  1. Lacet Green Belt

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    Sorry if this is old folks, but a friend in Brazil just sent me this. Even though I could not understand everything, they explain that Silva was actually a pro basketball player, even playing the Olympic games for Brazil in 1988. Also mentions that he seemd to have no interest in MMA, but invitations kept coming and he was taking it. PRetty interesting, I had no idea. :D

    http://sportv.globo.com/site/combat...a-de-mma-giant-silva-curte-aposentadoria.html
     
  2. The Reed Red Belt

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    So what you're saying is, Giant Silva is one of those A level athletes UFC Discussion claim would dominate MMA after 3 days of training?
     
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  4. MC Paul Barman Gold Belt Platinum Member

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    Just focusing on the NBA.... you have to admit the level of athleticism and conditioning is crazy.
    82 games of going up and down the court, carring a frame that's on average 6'7.

    It's pretty impressive.
     
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    I remember they described his fighting style as "Basketball", one time. Not quite as bad as "Pit Fighting", though.
     
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    Brazilian basketball is not A-level.
     
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    Armwrestling > Basketball.
     
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    Him vs Sentoryu is one of my favorite ever fights.
     
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    Which is why is was in my sig back when it had my fav fighter's listed for 8 years or so : D
     
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    It's easy to make fun of Silva, but he was 40+ years old and could barely walk by the time he started fighting. He may have been more of an athlete in the 80's.
     
  12. Lacet Green Belt

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    That is true, but I'd say its still impressive. 5th place in olympics in 88 is definitely respectable for a team. I used to think he was just a weird random guy that somehow made it to Pride.
     
  13. The Reed Red Belt

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    He was also in the WWE.
     
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    He's definitely an oddity
     
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    He used to be the Doorman at Scores in NYC on 28th st. I did the door at Crowbar next door. He did a fight in Pride back then.
     
  16. Sycho Sid Master of the world and the universe

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    Hey, I get that one!
     
  17. The Reed Red Belt

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    Did you see him give anyone the Giant Kimura?
     
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    Remember in Pride when he went after some Japanese guy with a stick? Lmfao
     
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    Yes, the legend of the Gianto Silba only gets better with time.



     

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