Costa Philippou is coming off the biggest win of his career, as he defeated Tim Boetsch at UFC 155, and already he has his eyes set on a new opponent. He has called out the winner of the Brian Stann and Wanderlei Silva fight, which will takes place at UFC on Fuel TV 8 on March 2nd. The card is set to be held at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Though the main event is between two fighters that usually fight at middleweight, it will be contested at light heavyweight.
It seems like an odd choice for Philippou to call out the winner of this bout, considering he has just beat someone ranked higher than both proposed opponents. Furthermore, the bout is not until March, giving Philippou an extra layoff until he would fight again, but according to him, it is not about rankings, it’s about the time off that he would enjoy.
”To be honest I don’t want to fight that soon, I still need some time to recover from my fight, and some time off to relax. Brian Stann I consider the guy to be a legend. I have so much respect for Brian Stann, the guy’s a hero, and Wanderlei Silva is a legend. It would be a huge honor to fight either one of those guys.”
“Brian Stann would be a great match-up for me, Wanderlei Silva if he decides not to retire, I think would be able to put on a great fight. We’re both great strikers and it would be nice to fight a striker for a change and show my striking skills and put up and exciting show.” via MMAWeekly.com
It does make sense that Philippou would want the bigger name opponent like Stann and Silva, while keeping himself out of a number one contenders bout. The only other person near contention, without an opponent is Chris Weidman, however he is Philippou’s training partner. A bout between Weidman and Philippou would make sense to determine the next contender, but as with most camps, these two do not want to face each other. Just as we are seeing with other camps in the same situation, Philippou will bow out of possible contention in Weidman’s favor–looking to hone his skills, while taking on a legend. Weidman will most likely try to inch himself closer to a title shot with another win upon return from injury.