It was the match that fans called for and the one Dana White said he would do put together sooner or later. After the recent turn of events with Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen set in April coming out, hope seemed lost. However, with Anderson Silva still looking to stick around a few more years and now willing to talk on the matter – in the words of the great Lloyd Christmas, ‘so you’re telling me there’s a chance.’ According to Silva, he’s not looking for the bout, but if it happens it will be a catch-weight with no belt on the line.
Here’s what the middleweight great had to say to SporTV.Globo.com. Translations thanks to the MiddleEasy.com community.
“People are talking about it. I don’t have such intentions, there isn’t any motive to do so, mostly because there are several people from my team who belong to his weight class. Minotouro, Maldonado, Feijao, Caldeirao. My weight is 84kg, that’s my title. But lots of people talk about it, and some of those are UFC employees. It’s obvious, I might say that I don’t want it, but if he accepts the money Dana offers him? It is going to get tough. It isn’t the cash that makes me do what I do, I fight because I like it. I don’t know… I wouldn’t like it, but if it’s going to happen it would have to be at a catch weight. His belt wouldn’t be on the line. I already have my title, I don’t want my title to be on the line.”
The bout would look to be the sports biggest super-fight outside of the GSP – Silva proposed match-up. Question is can the UFC convince the top champs to face-off as White believes he can with financial backing?