His dance calendar has been pretty stacked the past several months, and it is time for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to take a much deserved rest. However, just because he’s going on vacation doesn’t mean that everyone else isn’t working on his next opponent.
“He’ll take a rest . . . he’s fought twice this year,” Silva’s manager Ed Soares stated. “He’s got three fights left on his contract. He wants to work out a little kinks and bruises that he’s got. He wants to take a little break.”
Prior to the UFC 102 middleweight battle between Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia, company frontman Dana White stated that Dan Henderson was next in line for a shot at Silva’s title after Hendo’s impressive knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100.
However, Marquardt bested Henderson’s performance when he put the undefeated Maia to sleep just 21 seconds into their highly anticipated fight, leaving White to reconsider his initial game plan.
“I’ve got to figure this thing out,” White told MMAWeekly.com of his 185-pound predicament. “I think the fight that should happen is Nate Marquardt against Dan Henderson for the number one title contender.
“I’m in a good position (with the) 185-pound division right now. It’s a good problem to have. A bad problem to have is Anderson Silva and nobody to fight him at 185 pounds. Also have the Anderson Silva that can go to 205 and fight some of the best guys at 205, possibly fight for the title, possibly fight Lyoto Machida in a superfight.”
This isn’t the first time that White has tried to stir the pot between his light heavyweight champ and Silva. Although the friends and occasional training buddies have publicly stated that they will never fight each other, White has already planted the seed, multiple times in fact, just in case these two continue to run through opponents like they have been.
“These two are friends,” White previously stated. “It has nothing to do with friendship. It’s about who’s the best. It’s about competing against somebody else, no different than a basketball game or a football game. If Anderson gets to that point where he starts taking out 205-pounders, I’ll make that fight. I promise you, I’ll make that fight.”
Dana might feel confident that he can get the homies to fight, but Soares and Silva aren’t biting quite yet.
“Like we’ve said before, he just wants to fight the best,” Soares stated. “Right now, Lyoto has the title, and he’s not going to go after that title. Right now, he’s relaxing and wants to take a little time off, and we’ll see what happens.”