Anderson Silva may be open to moving up two weight classes to take on the big boys in the heavyweight division, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. In fact, according to Dana White, we’ll see him box Roy Jones Jr. before we see him take on someone like Frank Mir.
More a problem, it seems, is keeping Silva interested in the opportunities available to him. The champ waded his way into light heavyweight waters after stating a desire to box (or just box Roy Jones Jr.), even going so far as to express interest in a heavyweight fight with Frank Mir, according to a recent report on SI.com.
White will bend a little to keep “The Spider” happy, but not that much.
“He’ll box Roy Jones before he fights heavyweight, let’s put it that way,” said White.
I’m taking this to mean there’s no chance in hell the UFC will let Anderson fight at heavyweight more than there’s a chance they’ll let Anderson box, but I guess you never know.
As for Anderson’s immediate future, nothing has been decided yet. The UFC still has to figure out what to do with the middleweight title picture. If they decide to book Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Henderson in a number one contender’s match, Anderson is basically left without any good options for the rest of the year. Rather than force anything, it looks like he’s choosing just to take some time off and relax.
“He’ll take a rest… he’s fought twice this year,” he said. “He’s got three fights left on his contract. He wants to work out a little kinks and bruises that he’s got. He wants to take a little break…Like we’ve said before, he just wants to fight the best. Right now, Lyoto has the title, and he’s not going to go after that title. Right now, he’s relaxing and wants to take a little time off, and we’ll see what happens.”
Meanwhile, Dana White is still talking about a superfight between Anderson and his buddy Lyoto Machida. Yeah, we’ll see what happens.
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