Talk of a middelweight supermatch between Paulo Filho and Anderson Silva heated up quickly after news came out the Zuffa was looking to shut down the WEC’s light heavyweight and middleweight divisions.
Fighters from these weight classes are expected to be absorbed into the UFC, with Filho being the biggest name.
When asked if the potential blockbuster contest was a possibility Silva’s manager Ed Soares further stoked the embers of a possible fight.
“If that’s the fight that the world wants to see, then I guess we’re going to have to sit back and talk about it,” Soares told MMAWeekly Radio last month. “I think that’s going to be a hard one to get across to both sides. They’re friends, they’ve been together. But at the end of the day, it’s a business, and sometimes you’ve gotta go in there, and you shake hands. They’ve been on each other for free in training. I can just tell you that it would really have to be something that makes sense for both guys.”
Today Anderson Silva himself completely doused the idea saying that he would never fight his friend and that Filho, not himself, is the world’s best middleweight.
“Paulo is with out weaknesses,” Silva told Tatame. “He’s complete. I think he’s the best in this division and there’s nobody that can beat him. In my opinion, he’s the best middleweight.”
Asked about the chances that two consensus top middleweights could face one another, Silva was blunt.
“I will never fight Paulo. We train together with (Josuel) Distak and we’re always helping each other out. There’s no chance that it’ll happen. People can complain, scream, whatever, but it won’t happen.”
Looks like we can put that rumor to rest.