Another interview, another opportunity for Ed Soares to declare Chael Sonnen doesn’t deserve a rematch with Anderson Silva…
“Anderson just feels that he doesn’t deserve it yet. He doesn’t deserve it yet. … A lot of people are interested in the fight. It’s a big fight. Anderson’s not ducking him. Anderson, right now, is focused on recouping his shoulder, and basically he’s going through physical therapy on that just to get that back 100 percent.
But you know what? Whoever Dana [White] puts in front of us, for the most part, we’re always going to take the fight. [Anderson has] never dodged any fights. It’s really not up to us to determine. … I’m not saying that’s who we want or who we don’t want. People ask my opinion, and I see what Anderson’s saying. He’s fought him once. He had his opportunity, but hey, if Dana wants to put the fight on again, we’ll cross that bridge when it comes.”
Unlike past interviews though, Soares actually came around and admitted that Silva vs. Sonnen 2 is a huge fight even though Silva doesn’t think Sonnen is worthy of a rematch.
“There’s a lot of great opportunities, and I do think the Chael fight could potentially sell. It could be a big seller. I think it could be a huge pay-per-view. So I see all angles of it, but I’m just expressing what Anderson has talked to me about. That’s how he feels.”
Soares also conceded that yeah, the fight is probably going to happen regardless of their feelings on it.
“I think eventually, our opinion is that we don’t think Chael should get a shot yet. There’s other guys out there. … I’ve been hearing a bunch of different people. Let someone try that hasn’t fought for the belt yet. Why do we have to keep repeating these fighters? We fought Rich Franklin twice. We’ll probably end up having to fight Chael twice. We’re going to end up fighting probably Dan Henderson twice. It’s just like, it would be nice to see some new faces in there getting a crack at it.”
I know the Silva camp has their pride and all that, but at the end of the day, it’s not like there a ton of other options floating around out there besides rematches against Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson. Soares mentioned GSP, but now he’s tied up with injuries, a pending fight with Carlos Condit and a possible fight with Nick Diaz that could fill up his 2012 schedule. Soares says Michael Bisping might also be an option, but said he never really thought of him before the interviewer brought him up. There’s Mark Munoz but he and Silva have trained together quite a bit so you have to figure they’ll shoot that one down.
Beyond that, what are all these “great opportunities” Soares speaks of?