Dana White Not Making Anderson Silva’s Next Fight Yet, but Title Talk is There

January 29, 2015
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UFC president Dana White has off-handedly mentioned in interviews that, if successful on Saturday night, Anderson Silva could be right back into the title picture, possibly fighting the winner of UFC 184’s Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.

Silva, however, isn’t so sure he’s ready to jump right back into the thick of things, having been out of the Octagon recovering from a severely broken leg for more than a year.

“I need three or two more fights for back for fight for the belt,” he told America’s Pregame Show on FOX Sports 1 recently. “But this is not my decision; this is Dana’s decision.”

White made an appearance on Thursday’s America’s Pregame Show to talk about Silva’s UFC 183 bout against Nick Diaz. He backed away from any guarantees, but still believes that Silva being Silva, he doesn’t have to fall to the back of the line.

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“He’s the greatest of all time. I don’t think he needs two or three more fights to get back to the title. But if he feels that way, he’s still the number one ranked guy in the world. He could fight Jacare Souza. He could fight Lyoto Machida, Luke Rockhold, Vitor Belfort, Yoel Romero, Gegard Mousasi,” said White.

Anderson-Silva-Vitor-Belfort-UFC-126Silva, however, has said he really doesn’t want to fight other Brazilians any more. White pointed out that an unwillingness to fight fellow Brazilians would narrow Silva’s options considerably, but rang the comment up to the former champion’s typical prefight demeanor.

“He starts getting pretty limited when he doesn’t want to fight Brazilians or other guys. Three of the top guys in the world are Brazilian,” said White.

“Anderson always has some crazy things to say before a fight. He also said that I made him not change his walkout music, which isn’t true either.”

White wasn’t exactly ready to commit to much on Thursday, however, instead wanting to wait and see how Saturday’s main event showdown plays out before making any concrete decisions.

“I think on Saturday night, we’re gonna see where he’s at. He’s done everything he needs to do to be prepared for this fight. He’s back in shape. I think it’s just a mental thing now. He’s got to get out there and perform and see how he feels.

We’ll get through Saturday and we’ll figure out what’s next.”

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  • Joe Dog

    Dana White is at it again, showing off his strange ability to make words with his anus. Let me get this correct: Silva beats an unranked pothead lightweight/welterweight who has not won a fight since 2011 and he gets a middleweight title shot pronto? Makes sense, right?

    • solo

      This sport doesnt work on a pure sense for awhile now. If you’re the boss, you can do whatever pleases you. Wheter its Weidman trilogy, or a Belfort rematch, those two potential fight’s would probably sell alot more than any other possible matchup’s out there. So it only makes sense for him as a businessman to make that happen.

      • Joe Dog

        Of course.

    • cheflacsto

      Doesn’t matter anyway. If Weidman does’t get back in the cage soon, they will strip that belt away from him. In July it will be a year since he fought. Then you will be looking at an interim fight that will surely have Silva in it. If all things went the way the UFC wants, probably against Rockhold.

  • nolongerafan

    Please, no Silva Weidman 3!

    • shakejunt

      not yet at least. maybe in the future, but it’s too soon right now. they gotta show chris some respect and let him cement his legacy without anderson’s name being involved.

      • cheflacsto

        Chris never fights. You got guys like Cowboy that fight every month and Weidman once a year. I bet the UFC wants him to lose that belt, an inactive champion is the last thing they want.

        • shakejunt

          too soon man, too soon.

          there’s only 1 cowboy.

          • cheflacsto

            Yeah I know there is only one cowboy, but most guys fight 3 times a year, and most champions at least 2. Jones will have 2 defenses in by June, Lawler will have 2 fights in by the summer, Pettis is having is second fight coming up, Aldo doesn’t fight as much as I think he should, DJ fights 3 times per year, and so does Ronda. Other than Cain, Weidman never fights, and is always injured. Cain got stripped and I think Weidman should as well. Allowing contenders to wipe themselves out for you is not the mark of a true champ.

          • shakejunt

            cain didn’t get stripped.

          • cheflacsto

            I know he didn’t, and I am not advocating stripping Weidman, just an interim. He is injured as much as Cain, but at least Cain’s division has been cleared out. There is no one there that can beat him.

          • shakejunt

            hw isn’t cleared out, it’s just insanely thin.

          • cheflacsto

            Is there anyone there that you think could actually beat Cain?

          • shakejunt

            really depends how cain comes back after all the injuries, but i think there are a few interesting fights for him.

            werdum is obviously capable, both on the ground and standing. browne and miocic are long shots, but still possess the tools to keep cain on the outside. a healthy and fully prepared mark hunt always has a chance. i like to think arlovski could get back into championship mode, but that’s more of a pipedream.

            honestly though, the biggest threat i see to cain is jon jones.

          • cheflacsto

            I don’t think Werdum has the stand-up to fight Cain, he got hit once by Hunt and went into lay down and try to get the fight on the ground mode. Mark, got over aggressive and got nailed with a knee. I think Hunt only has a chance for a round or so, then Cain’s pace will wear him out. I actually agree with you that Jones is his biggest threat. While Jon may struggle against some of the bigger guys in the division, Cain is the perfect match up for him. I don’t want Jon to go to heavyweight because I think there are a lot of guys there that beat him but Cain is not one of them. That would be a great fight.

          • shakejunt

            agreed. i only mention werdum as a possibility because cain is coming off a long layoff and werdum is more technical on the feet. he might not get it to the ground, but he might not have to if he can pick him apart from the outside. cain’s not going to be as inclined to threaten with the takedown when he fights fabricio and i think that’ll impact his striking.

            the thing that people neglect to consider when speculating about jones at hw is that he’s gonna be 20-30 lbs bigger and also faster than almost any of the others.

  • Groinkick

    Silva NEEDS three fights. He isn’t mentally prepared to fight Weidman right now. His confidence was broken from their first fight. Look at his last fight. He was incredibly nervous coming to the cage, and even almost went the wrong way to get in the octagon, but got pointed the right way. I say after Diaz, give him Bisping. Bisping wanted to fight him for the title before. If he beats Diaz, and then Bisping, give him Tim Boetsch. I’m pretty sure after 3 victories, and the time that will have gone by from his loss he will be back, and ready to fight. If Dana throws him to Weidman after a win over Diaz he will be doing interview after interview explaining why he should have listened to Silva wanting more fights.

  • Joe Dog

    Silva, “I no fight nobody from that Brazil country”. Silva has not lived in Brazil for years, he has his millions in US banks and lives in So Cal.