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Dana White: Anderson Silva Offered To Fight At UFC 151, But It Was Too Late

Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (32-4) was a little too late as he offered to fight a light heavyweight fighter on the now cancelled UFC 151 card, in an attempt to save the show. Dana White said he received the call from Silva moments after he concluded yesterday’s special media conference call.

Since Jon Jones (16-1) would not fight on eight days notice, Silva said he would take on another light heavyweight. He also admitted that he wasn’t in the best shape at the moment.

White said that he never thought Silva would be willing to fight on the card, but was thankful for the offer. Silva stated earlier this year that he didn’t plan to return to the Octagon until early 2013.

UFC 151 is now cancelled and Jones will fight Vitor Belfort (21-9) on September 22 at UFC 152.