Oh, here we go again.
Apparently, Dan Wetzel’s report from Sunday claiming Anderson Silva was willing to vacate his UFC middleweight title for a permanent move to light heavyweight is inaccurate. Or so says Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, who allegedly made the proposition to Dana White.
“It’s not true. I never said that to Dana,” stated the Brazilian’s chief negotiator. “I never said he would move up and relinquish the title. I have said to Dana that he’d like to fight again at 205 (but on [sic] permanently).”
“I’ve always said the same thing, he wants the biggest fights possible, whether it’s at 205 or 185.”
Not sure what happened, but in Wetzel’s report, Dana White is quoted as saying, “I’d let him. We’d put [the middleweight title] up for grabs,” so perhaps Dana misunderstood him.
Nevertheless, it sounds like Anderson Silva will continue his reign in the middleweight division, at least for now. Good news for Dan Henderson who wants to prove he can beat Silva, right? Well, maybe not, because the Silva camp doesn’t sound too keen on giving Hendo a rematch just yet.
Since losing to Silva at UFC 82, Henderson has three straight victories: a unanimous decision over Rousimar Palhares at 185, a split decision win over Rich Franklin at light heavyweight, and a middleweight knockout victory over Michael Bisping.
“Does that really make him a number one contender? I feel a true number one opponent (at 185) would be if Henderson fought the winner of Nate Marquardt and Damian Maia,” Soares told MMAWeekly.com. “That would produce a true number one contender… we could take another fight at 205 or a catchweight fight (in the meantime).”
While Soares’ scenario would certainly solidify the true number one contender, there is a slight problem. Who would Anderson fight in the meantime? As Zak Woods reminds us, there really aren’t any good available options at the moment, plus the UFC still needs main events for UFC 105 and UFC 106. As Soares probably knows, a fighter’s merit isn’t the only factor the UFC considers when booking championship fights, and likely won’t be in this particular situation.