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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Anderson Silva on the current contenders


Immediately after UFC 148, it looked likeUFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva had completely cleared the 185 lb. division and should accept Rashad Evans's challenge. Or he should move up to Light Heavyweight to fight Jon Jones. Then Chris Weidman decimated Mark Munoz at UFC On Fuel 4 and a brand new challenger was born with the "perfect style" to upset The Spider. Dana White has even said that former Bellator champion Hector Lombard could get a shot if he defeats wild card Tim Boestch in his UFC debut.

Last night, UFC Tonight gave the report from Anderson's management on who his next opponent should be (Transcribed by MMA Mania):

Hector Lombard

He thinks he needs at least three more impressive wins in the UFC. He said that 85 percent of UFC fans don't even know who Hector Lombard is, who is of course making his Octagon debut on Saturday night.

Chris Weidman

As for Chris Weidman, he said, 'Well, there's another great unknown fighter.' He doesn't see those match ups as being money making pay-per-view events.

Luke Rockhold

He did mention Luke Rockhold, who is the Strikeforce middleweight champion. Alas, Rockhold is contractually tied to Strikeforce, so that fight's not happening. We'll have to wait and see, but right now, the Anderson Silva camp not too excited about the options out there.

That's right, Anderson Silva wants a champion versus champion super fight with Luke Rockhold. Rockhold just decisioned Tim Kennedy in the second defense of his title this past Saturday. Rockhold is also completely bound to Strikeforce with a negligible chance of fighting in the Octagon in the foreseeable future. For his part, however, Luke did accept the challenge today.

For those who thought Silva had finally figured out how to sell a fight in the week leading up to his bout with Chael Sonnen, this completely shatters the notion. Of all the options open to Anderson, from incredible to great to predictable, he chooses the one that can't happen and no one asked for.

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Well strikeforce champion is more marketable than bellator champion I guess. He would crush Luke in the first Forrest style. He wouldn't even need to move his head since Luke apparently aims for the air around people not their bodies.
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Anderson has some opponents left but none of them get me excited to the point that i think his opponent might have a chance.

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Why, why, why? I guess he is looking for a highlight KO? Or maybe he thinks Luke would talk up the fight and get the PPV numbers Chael did? In fact that is the only thing that makes sense.
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God damm I just wanna see Evans v Silva already!

If Evans is even contemplating dropping to 185 (and reports suggest he is) he should be lobbying for that fight non stop.
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He just wants revenge for Luke badmouthing him on Twitter.

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Originally Posted by cdtcpl View Post
Why, why, why? I guess he is looking for a highlight KO? Or maybe he thinks Luke would talk up the fight and get the PPV numbers Chael did? In fact that is the only thing that makes sense.
Strikeforce is probably more known to the average people than Bellator or Weidman. So a fight against the Strikeforce champion is the best marketable at the moment, even though it's probably also the easiest of the three.
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Maybe he's been listening and learning.

If you stick a microphone in a guy's face and he calls out anyone but the champion Joe Silva should fax them a pink slip right there. Chael Sonnen

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I'm assuming all the sites reporting Anderson "called out" Rockhold didn't watch @UFCTonight on Tuesday, right? Cut it out. Never said that.
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Lol does it really matter? Every opponent anderson didnt want to fight he ended up fighting anyway, if the UFC wants him to fight weidman he will....i actually think anderson does this just so dana has to throw more $ at him so he can accept the fight

Anderson is all about big money fights, not hard or easy fights, i actually think he thinks hard fights dont exist for him lol....still either he expects dana to give him another raise after a 3 hour meeting again or he expects dana to offer him bispig wich is obviously the next big money fight in the division, and AS wanted to fight him before so it makes sense, he knows a fight with Luke cant happen
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