UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva stepped up to the plate and offered his services for UFC 151. However, it was too late, and the UFC had already decided to cancel the event.
Silva gave his reasoning behind taking a fight on short notice in the 205-pound division during an interview with Tatame recently.
I called Dana (White) and said I’d fight on the light heavyweight division although I wasn’t trained. Besides the big fight, there are other fighters relying on that (source of income). I worried about because I’ve been through that in smaller events.
Silva recently improved to 32-4 by defeating Chael Sonnen a second time. Sonnen, of course, offered to step in for Dan Henderson and meet Jones on September 1.
While Silva believes Jones should have taken the bout, he understands his reasoning behind saying no to fighting Sonnen.
You did your entire preparation focused on one guy. When they replace a guy, it changes a bit. I thought he could fight Chael, but it’s his call to make. He trained focused on Dan Henderson. His team thought it was better for him not to fight.
Despite the willingness to fight in September, Silva appears content to wait for a middleweight contender to emerge. He has informed the UFC that he will not compete again this year, but that could always change.
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