Many times, when an athlete approaches a certain age, he will move up in weight classes. However, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva isn’t planning on doing that.
Silva, who will face Chael Sonnen at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II on July 7 for his UFC title, told Tatame in a recent interview that any challenge to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not come from him.
“I’m gonna leave it to (Fabio) Maldonado, (Rafael) Feijao or even (Antonio) Rogerio (Nogueira, too,” said Silva. “They are on his weight division, so they’ll deal with him.”
Silva and Jones have struck up a quick friendship, but many have marked the fight down as one that could generate some big-time pay-per-view numbers and ratings. “The Spider,” though, seems content with reigning supreme in the middleweight division.
“Our team focus on each of us and try to let us take our chances and take advantage of them,” Silva said, “so we don’t have this ambition of me going to the light heavyweight division and fight each other.”