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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Soares: Silva has 'nothing to gain' from Weidman fight, has interest in Cung Le

Ed Soares: Anderson Silva has 'nothing to gain' from Chris Weidman fight, expresses interest in Cung Le
By Mike Bohn on Jan 26, 12:00a

Ed Soares, manager of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, believes his client has "nothing to gain" from fighting the "unknown" Chris Weidman in his next 185-pound title defense. While Weidman may not be on the Brazilian's radar, former Strikeforce middleweight champ Cung Le is.

When Michael Bisping was knocked out by a Vitor Belfort head kick at UFC on FX 7 earlier this month, the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight division was left in a state of flux.

Had Bisping defeated "The Phenom," the Brit would have been the next challenger to 185-pound kingpin Anderson Silva. However, the moment Belfort's shine landed upside Bisping's head, fans began wondering who is next for the longtime champion.

UFC President Dana White says "The Spider" wants to fight in the spring, and names such as Belfort, Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold, Hector Lombard and even Rashad Evans have come up in discussions, but there is no clear cut candidate to face arguably the greatest fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA) history.

Ed Soares, who serves as the manger and interpreter to the champion, tells Cage Fanatic he doesn't know who is next for Silva, he just wants it to be someone who is well known by fans and can draw eyeballs, naming former Strikeforce champion Cung Le as a potential opponent.

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"(Silva's next fight) is still up in the air man, we don't know who that is, you know, unfortunately Bisping lost which was a big thing but, you know, I'm not too sure. I'm not too sure who could be next, I mean there's a few names out there but I think nothing really stable. There's been a few guys who - you know we want to fight someone who has a little bit of a name, someone that has as big of a name as possible and that's on a winning record or a winning run right now. So, I mean right now it seems like most of the guys with names have had losses very recently. So, when I think about it, like the only thing that comes to mind and I don't even know if that would be a possible fight is, you know, like Cung Le is coming off of three wins or something like that where he's got a little bit of a name, but I mean it's really hard in that division because it's so evenly matched all the opponents on any given day one of those guys can beat each other, so you know, once again whoever the UFC decided we're in."
Le has only won two-straight fights, defeating Patrick Cote at UFC 148 and Rich Franklin at UFC on FUEL TV 6, but his name does carry some weight in the MMA community. However, of the names discussed to face Silva, he is arguably the lowest ranked. If Le did fight "The Spider," it's unlikely that very many people would view the 40-year-old as a formidable challenger.

One fighter out there who many do believe would be a formidable challenge to Silva is Weidman, an undefeated fighter who most recently knocked out Mark Munoz at UFC on FUEL TV 4. Weidman has been campaigning for a fight with the champion since his victory over Munoz, but Silva and his camp have repeatedly stated it is a match up that simply does not interest them at this time.

When asked for a further explanation as to why Weidman is viewed as an unworthy opponent, Soares said it's not because of his fighting skills, it's because he lacks name recognition and, in his opinion, casual fans of the sport have no idea who the "All-American" is.

Here's what he had to say:
"I think Chris Weidman, not to take anything away from who he is as a fighter, I think he's a phenomenal fighter but I think I would like to see Anderson fight someone that's a little bit more recognized. I mean I don't think Anderson has anything to gain from that fight other than beating a super tough, unknown guy. He's a phenomenal talent and no disrespect to his fighting abilities, but we would like to fight somebody with a little more recognition and maybe Weidman is maybe a fight or two away, you know what I mean? In hopefully building up that, you know, his following a little bit."

["What is there to gain from us to beat him? Really, I mean I ask you what is there for us to beat him? He's going into that fight, most people, the general public are like ‘Oh Anderson is just fighting some guy named Weidman from New York, you know, he's going to walk through him.' So, if he doesn't walk through him, there's really nothing to gain other than another win and money in his pocket, so I think at this point in his career we need to take fights that make sense. And not that Weidman - once again not taking any credibility away from his as a fighter, he's a phenomenal fighter and I think it will be a good match up, but I just think he - he's been out of fighting for a little bit, you know he's been fighting some injuries. You know ask random people that watch the sport and ask them who Chris Weidman is and see what percentage will know who he is."
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If Rashad can handle the cut, and I don't think he can considering he said he ate himself out of 185 a long time ago, I'd give him a very good chance of beating Anderson. Superb wrestling and excellent top control, at 205 Rashad would take that fight imo but at 185 Anderson's chances are pretty good.

Cung Le is a joke fight, guy's cardio is good for about eight minutes and then he's a punching bag, even faded past his prime Wanderlei Silva beat him, and now Cung Le's gonna go fight Anderson Silva? The greatest of all time(for now)? Get out of here with that crap, that's not a competitive fight at all.

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Blah, blah, blah. Silva doesn't seem to know who he wants, and Ed needs to do the world a favour and stfu. He often - conveniently - forgets that Silva earned a title shot after a single fight with Chris Leben. Anyone who slams Weidman for having 'only' obliterated Mark Munoz is a hypocrite, plain and simple. He's done three times as much as Anderson if we're talking title contention. So Ed really needs to stop yapping about who has to do more.
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A fight with Rashad would be great actually. It would sell big time, I'd say it could do around Silva vs Sonnen II numbers. Other than Rashad, I really don't see Silva having many people to face at MW :/ Rockhold cuz he was SF champ, Lombard would be good if he can get another solid victory. Weidman should fight Belfort for a title shot, he'll get the credit he deserves when he beats Belfort. Unfortunately Munoz isn't that big of a name to beat that it will catapult him into number 1 contender, lets be honest.
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Blah, blah, blah. Silva doesn't seem to know who he wants, and Ed needs to do the world a favour and stfu. He often - conveniently - forgets that Silva earned a title shot after a single fight with Chris Leben. Anyone who slams Weidman for having 'only' obliterated Mark Munoz is a hypocrite, plain and simple. He's done three times as much as Anderson if we're talking title contention. So Ed really needs to stop yapping about who has to do more.
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Silva was a star going into the ufc, not a big star but a star. also, he cam to the UFC after a reverse elbow knockout, also the UFC wasn't as big as today even Rich wasn't that "guy"

I'm not against Chris taking on Silva, but i get why Silva doesn't wanna fight him at this moment.
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It's pretty well documented that Silva is my favorite fighter, and I get that he wants his last fights to be BIG fights.

Personally I think it bothers him a little bit that GSP is the Pay Per View golden boy, I actually think that's one of the reasons why Silva was so adamant about that fight taking place. At this point he is absolutely right, Weidman is not going to help him draw pay per view numbers and so he is not going to help him raise his paycheck.

Personally, I like Rashad... he's said many times he'd drop to 185 IF he could go straight to a fight with Anderson. If he beats little Nog next weekend, I say give him that chance.

In the meantime, give Weidman Belfort. Both of those guys want a shot, or another shot in Beloft's case... the winner of that gets it no matter what. If you took that fight and put it on Fox, or put it as a good co-main event... like possibly before Silva Vs Evans... Weidman would get a hell of a lot more press.
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Cung Le was a fight many people were asking for years. That was when Cung was winning fights in Strikeforce. I always said Cung wouldn't have a chance and I still believe that.

Could be an interesting match stylistically but I do not believe it would be competitive.
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I thought Anderson Silva was a true champion?? Why's he acting like the rest of his countrymen? Why's he scared of a real man like Weidman. He knows Weidman would beat him into a grave.
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I'm pretty certain Lombard should be the one followed by Luke if they win their bouts respectively.

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Cung would be an interesting fight, but he should get one more win. Quite an unprobable feat for a man his age.

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