Worldwide repercussions of Anderson’s win

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Anderson celebrates win with team and son. Photo: Josh Hedges.

A curious bystander in transit accompanies, in different extremes of the planet, the fascination the UFC inspires in people these days.

Dallas airport, one week before the fight:

First time in the USA, Mr. Mohamad?

Second, I came for UFC 100, in 2009.

Belfort or Silva?

Starbucks in Las Vegas, five days before the fight:

Brazilians?

Yes.

Belfort or Silva?

Flight from Los Angeles to Lima, three days before the fight:

You do Jiu-Jitsu, right?

– Yes.

Belfort or Silva?

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Atlantida Beach, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. One day after the fight:

I can’t get my surf on. I was up till 4 am to watch the fight…

What kind of bomb was that?

Police station in Porto Alegre, Brazil, two days after the fight:

I knew it would end in a knockout. The two are really quick.

That fight could never end in points.

Snack bar in São Leopoldo, Brazil, two daysafter fight:

Did you see the fight?

That one I watched. I’m not much into fights, but that one I’d never miss. There’s no one out there who can handle Silva.

The kid at the sandwich grill shouts:

My old lady thinks Belfort deserves a rematch!

Conversation between a Brazilians and an Egyptian, three days after the fight:

How are things in Cairo?

Hot.

Will Mubarak fall, or won’t he?

If Anderson comes over here, for sure! What a kick, wasn’t it, teacher?

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