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Old 08-11-2009, 07:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anderson Silva won't relinquish Middleweight Title

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UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva told ESPN.com today that he is not relinquishing his title to fight exclusively at light heavyweight. Silva's manager, Ed Soares, also denies ever making such an offer to UFC president Dana White.



Silva and Soares spoke to ESPN.com after reading a Yahoo! Sports report in which Soares allegedly tells White that the champ would give up his 185-pound title and fight at 205 pounds. The offer apparently came after Silva's first-round knockout Saturday night of former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 101.



According to the Yahoo! Sports report, Soares is seen with his arm around White's shoulder, leaning in and making the proposal. The alleged offer puts a big smile on White's face.



White then says: "I can do that. I like that. We can do that."



There is one problem: The conversation between White and Soares never happened. After reading the story, Soares could barely contain his anger. Soares said his attorney plans to speak to Yahoo! Sports about the matter.



"That is totally false; I never said that to Dana," Soares told ESPN.com. "I never had my arm around Dana saying something like that, [not] whatsoever.



"The only time I recall Dana saying what was said in the Yahoo! story -- 'I like that. We can make that happen, I like that' -- was when Anderson's assistant came up to Dana and said something to him. But I don't even know what he said to Dana."



A UFC spokesperson confirmed that White and Soares did not have a conversation agreeing that Silva would permanently move up to light heavyweight.



Soares, who manages both Silva and UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, has stated repeatedly the two will never fight each other. Silva reiterated that message to ESPN.com today.



"The way I feel is that the 205 belt is Lyoto Machida's," said Silva, whose words were translated by Soares. "That's my teammate, my brother, my friend; I'm not going to fight Lyoto Machida. So between me and Lyoto, we are going to defend both of those belts.



"I'm not going to fight Lyoto. It's not about the money. We're brothers, we are not going to fight. That's how we feel."



Though Silva does not intend to fight Machida or give up his middleweight belt, he still plans to compete at 185 and 205 pounds. Silva and Soares believe competing in two weight classes will provide opportunities for stiffer challenges.



"Like we've said before, Anderson wants to be in the biggest fights possible, whether it's at 205 or 185 [pounds]," Soares said. "He owns the belt at 185 and he is going to keep defending that belt."



When Silva plans to defend the 185-pound belt next remains a mystery. During the UFC 101 postfight news conference, White stated that former Pride welterweight titleholder Dan Henderson would likely get the next shot at Silva.



Soares isn't happy about the possibility of Silva taking on Henderson next. He would prefer Silva step in the Octagon against another 205-pound fighter instead.



"I don't think there is a valid [middleweight] contender yet," Soares said. "To create a valid 185-pound contender, I think, Dan Henderson should fight the winner of Demian Maia and Nate Marquardt.



"I don't believe Dan Henderson deserves the title shot right now. The reason I don't is because a year and a half ago Anderson submitted him in the second round.



"If anything, Nate Marquardt deserves a title shot before [Henderson]. I also think Demian Maia is in the running for [a title shot], too. … We'd like to do another fight at 205 … or a catchweight of some sort."



Franklin McNeil is an analyst on ESPN.com's "MMA Live."
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why the hell would he? Nobody should expect him too, as long as he still bounces back and forth to defend his Middleweight title while still working his way up the LHW division. The only person in the MW division that has even given Silva a stitch of problems is Hendo, and he's next to fight for the belt. If Silva wins, he'll have a while to fight in the LHW division before anybody at 185 proves thye deserve a shot at him.

When all is said and done, Silva will hold both the 185 and 205 championship, and as long as he defends both, he shouldn't even be asked to relinquish either belt.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Where do they get these freaking mixups from? Amateurs I guess. I like that winner of Marquardt/Maia vs Henderson idea Soares was saying, btw.
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I'm actually more interested to see if Silva will take a fight at heavyweight. It actually wouldn't surprise me, and would silence the calls for him to fight Machida. On that note, Machida could also move up to heavyweight. Both interesting prospects.

Who knows how well either would do, but those fights would be huge sells the first time around, at least.
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I'm actually more interested to see if Silva will take a fight at heavyweight. It actually wouldn't surprise me, and would silence the calls for him to fight Machida. On that note, Machida could also move up to heavyweight. Both interesting prospects.

Who knows how well either would do, but those fights would be huge sells the first time around, at least.
So Machida has defended the belt exactly zero times and you're already suggesting he move up to HW. And Anderson with two wins should move up to HW as well? I don't know where all the demand for weight-class shifts is coming from, but IMO it's not necessary.

Regarding the thread, it's kind of annoying how pathetic some of these news feeds are at trying to come up with possible stories. I'm not really sure how you write an entire article as if it were truth based off of a supposed conversation overheard, where one side was the only part of the conversation "heard" in the first place.

I like the idea of what Soares suggested in Henderson fighting the winner of Maia/Marquardt, while Anderson has another go at 205. If he's going to be moving within weight classes, I think he deserves to do multiple fights at a time at one weight class, so as not to fluctuate so much in weight, especially given the uncertainty among the contenders of the MW division.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm a gigantic Hendo nuthugger, but even I agree that he should fight the winner of Maia vs Marquardt to get the shot. But I totally understant why Dana is putting him next in line, as good as Hendo has looked, his age could become a factor at any point, and the fact that he REALLY wants to fight Silva again, is a pretty awesome trait to have.

I know he used excuses before about his weight cutting in their first fight, and there is NO excuse for that, BUT that makes a rematch really really interesting to me. The guy is a world class fighter, who knows exactly how to use his body properly to win fights. I want to see that fight really bad.

F**k it though, any of those 3 guys would make for an awesome title fight.
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I'm actually more interested to see if Silva will take a fight at heavyweight. It actually wouldn't surprise me, and would silence the calls for him to fight Machida. On that note, Machida could also move up to heavyweight. Both interesting prospects.

Who knows how well either would do, but those fights would be huge sells the first time around, at least.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to move up 2 weight classes? He'll be fighting people 50-60 pounds bigger than him on a regular basis. HWs that weigh in at 265 fight around 270-280. Silva just doesn't have the frame to support getting up to a reasonable weight to compete at that level. He could strike with anyone but he'll just be overpowered.

He should just stay at the 185-205 range and strive to hold both titles if he wants a challenge.
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The catchweight thing is interesting maybe Randy if he loses to Nog or Cro Cop I don't see why they would need to do a catchweight with GSP since he can make 185 right now and said he would want to put on some weight for the fight plus he is afraid of Anderson so that fight isn't happening.
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I'm a gigantic Hendo nuthugger, but even I agree that he should fight the winner of Maia vs Marquardt to get the shot.
agreed. However, with UFC giving Hendo the title shot now, they can have Maia or Marquardt fight the winner of Hendo - Silva. That way they have two contenders lined up immidietly.
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