While Anderson Silva rehabs a shoulder injury and does what he always does: keep mostly quiet in his corner of Brazil, occasionally taking the stage to dance with Justin Bieber or stretching his vocal cords for Burger King, The Spider’s rivals are continuously calling him out.
It started with Dan Henderson, who was looking forward to erasing a previous loss to Silva when he returned to the UFC. Silva’s shoulder wouldn’t allow that, but Henderson saw it as The Spider’s way of keeping a victory over him on his record without having to risk the possibility of having Hendo avenge it in a rematch. Now, it’s another Team Quest fighter in Chael Sonnen, who very likely earned the next shot at Silva by running through Brian Stann. Sonnen issued a silly, pro-wrestling-esque “loser leaves town” match-up with Silva following that win, which Silva, to this point, has ignored.
As a result of that and Black House manager Ed Soares’ recent assertion that Sonnen has already been beaten by the champ and therefore needs to get in the back of the line, Sonnen’s manager Matt Lindland recently told MMAHQ that he sees Silva’s camp doing their best to avoid a rematch against the loudmouthed Oregonian.
“Anderson will to find a way to weasel out of that fight,” predicted Lindland. “I don’t know what his contractual obligations are as far as who he has to fight as a champion but they’re already laying the ground work; I mean look at the article that came out this morning on Bloody Elbow. His manager Ed Soares is already making excuses for Anderson to not take that fight, so, yeah, I think they’re going to try to weasel out of it. I don’t know what his obligations are contractually to the UFC but his obligations to the fans are that he needs to take that fight.
“Everyone of the fans know that Chael’s the number one contender and the guy that has a chance of beating him, can beat him and exposed his weaknesses in that fight. The fans want to see that fight and Anderson owes the fans that fight.”