While Anderson Silva and his massive fanbase are likely expecting to see “The Spider” reclaim the middleweight championship at UFC 168, it wasn’t long ago of course, when no one knew for certain what the legend was going to do next. Immediately following his historic loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, Silva said he wasn’t interested in pursuing the belt any longer, sparking speculation that the vet might take bouts at 205 pounds.
Well, in a recent interview with Metro, Silva was reportedly asked whether he might move up a division, if he indeed loses to Weidman for a second time on December 28th. The 38 year-old fighter stated (transcription via MMA Fighting.com):
“There are a bunch of 205-pound guys on my team,” said Silva, who has fought at light-heavyweight before and defeated vets like Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. “Rafael Cavalcante, Rogerio Nogueira, Glover Teixeira… I have no intentions to move up.”
So, there goes that idea, although if Silva avenges his loss to Weidman and Jon Jones is still champ at 205, then don’t be surprised if the push for a super fight between the two resumes.
Silva also had this to say about his former foe Chael Sonnen, who of course has been competing at light-heavyweight after failing to defeat the former champ twice.
“This guy will be the next president of the United States (laughs),” Silva said about Sonnen. “He’s smart, political, knows how to promote himself. He’s not an athlete with great results, but he knows how to promote himself. He knows how to use the UFC, and that’s something that many other athletes can’t. He’s very intelligent.”
He definitely has the art of self promotion down pat, and is also a pretty good fighter, just ask “Shogun” Rua. UFC 168 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 28th.
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