Anderson “The Spider” Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, recently asserted that, with the champion eying just four fights before he retires, a rematch against Chael Sonnen should not take priority over interesting new match-ups for the champion.
Sonnen and Silva engaged in one of the most memorable UFC title fights of all time – thanks partly due to Sonnen’s epic-level pre-fight trash talk – in 2010 and, after Sonnen ran through Brian Stann at UFC 136 and issued an over-the-top call out to the champion after the fight, fans have been clamoring to see the rematch.
In a recent conversation with MMAWeekly.com, Sonnen’s manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Incorporated, discussed his client’s claim to a title shot, explaining that the outspoken Oregonian deserves a shot at the title as much as, if not more so, than anyone else in the division.
“I think there’s no question Chael’s deserving of a rematch with Anderson,” Roberts said. “I mean he pushed him as far as anybody ever pushed him, it was one of the best fights of the year, but the biggest thing is this is the fight the fans want. Dana and everyone are all about giving the fans what they want, and there his no question that this is the fight the fans want to see. People love Chael or they hate him, but they want to see this fight.”
Unlike his client, Roberts rationally asserted that he doesn’t believe Silva – a veteran fighter and one of the very best MMA competitors of all time – is scared of or ducking Sonnen, though he believes that Silva’s management might like to see him face different stylistic match-ups at this stage of his career.
As far as Soares’ comments, Roberts thinks it’s best for the managers not to get too caught up in the back-and-forth between fighters and that it doesn’t really matter what they think anyway at the end of the day, as UFC president Dana White has the final say..
“It makes no sense at all. Chael is as deserving as anybody for that next title shot,” he said. “The bottom line is it doesn’t matter what I think and it doesn’t matter what Ed thinks. It matters what Dana (White) thinks. Ed’s not the matchmaker, I’m not the matchmaker, you’re not the matchmaker. Joe Silva and Dana White make the matches.”