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Anderson Silva Camp Doesn’t Want Weidman or Lombard, Brings Up Luke Rockhold Just to Be Difficult

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Yesterday, Jared wrote up a detailed assessment of the UFC’s middleweight contenders in an attempt to bring some clarity to the pecking order at 185, because sometimes we want to be part of the solution instead of the problem. Anderson Silva‘s management is doing the opposite of that — shooting down logical suggestions and casually calling out a guy who can’t even fight Silva, contractually speaking. It’s a bit of a dick move, to be honest. Here’s the current situation, as reported on Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight (via MMAMania):

One of Anderson Silva’s managers said that one of the issues with Hector Lombard is he thinks he needs at least three more impressive wins* in the UFC. He said that 85 percent** of UFC fans don’t even know who Hector Lombard is, who is of course making his Octagon debut on Saturday night…As for Chris Weidman, he said, ‘Well, there’s another great unknown fighter.’*** He doesn’t see those match ups as being money making pay-per-view events…He did mention Luke Rockhold, who is the Strikeforce middleweight champion. Alas, Rockhold is contractually tied to Strikeforce, so that fight’s not happening.**** We’ll have to wait and see, but right now, the Anderson Silva camp [is] not too excited about the options out there.”*****

* Anderson Silva got his first UFC title shot after a single win over Chris Leben. Just thought that was worth mentioning.

** All percentages provided by Brazil’s National Department of Just Makin’ Shit Up.

*** You know, there was a time when winning five straight fights would automatically get you a middleweight title shot in the UFC. (See: Patrick Cote, Thales Leites.) More importantly, Weidman’s not exactly “unknown” after that hurting he put on Mark Munoz. He’s finally caught the attention of UFC fans, and they want to see more of him.

**** How fucking convenient. YOU’RE NOT FOOLING ANYBODY, ANDY. Besides, that’s kind of a kick in the nuts to Rockhold, who would love the chance to fight Anderson. Maybe you two can just spar on the weekends?

***** “What about meeeeeeee?!” But seriously, remember when Silva used to spend his down-time destroying light-heavyweights? Those were fun days. We all know the middleweight contender ladder is chaotic right now, but it’s not like Silva doesn’t have other options until things clear up, if he really wanted to compete. Unfortunately, that might entail the possibility of losing, which, as any traditional martial artist knows, could bring great dishonor upon one’s endorsement portfolio.

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mikewells- July 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm
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cman- July 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm
@soduk. I'll watch a rock hold v. Lombard eliminator contracted for a 2 month turnaround fight with silva.
cman- July 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm
Give Sonnen a 'no spinning back fist' rule and do that again then.
Sodak- July 19, 2012 at 10:59 am
So Anderson brings up a legitimate opponent and he catches shit for it? I'm confused he just fought the UFCs nobody hype fight against some sucky tird lay n pray wrestler, I think hes earned himself a fight with a real fighter like Rockhold. Who the fuck is chris peterman? and if you think bellators champ Lombard should get a shot over Strikeforces your just retarded.
Houstons db- July 19, 2012 at 8:57 am
Man F Anderson Silva. I agree w/ danomite. You can't let him pick who he wants to fight. For all we know he's had a hand in it all along. Gotta get to that "Greatest UFC Champ Ever" status somehow.. I say give him the baddest mofo out there. The point is to prove your the best MW on earth. If Joe Silva thinks there's a man to beat him, he needs to do his f'n job and set that shit up! Psh cote psh maia psh leites, those fights shouldnt count.
danomite- July 19, 2012 at 4:27 am
he's been doing this since thales leites at least. are you saying he earned the right to do so way back then? what about right after that three fight shit stretch of cote, leites, and maia? did you think he was the greatest ever then? This guy would be nothing if the middleweight division had anywhere near the talent that lightweight or welterweight had.
Clemmie- July 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm
@Guelph gym

Holy fuck! Have you ever heard of punctuation you burned out, window licking douche liaison?
Lesnarischamp- July 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm
If Silva is so worried about promoting his opponent so he can get his desirable PPV cut, the only logical MW fight right now is Rashad.
holeeball- July 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm
@danomite No champion was as great in UFC as Silva is. So no I can't think of any motherfucker who was given the right to do so. Silva is the only one who earned that right through dedication work and sheer talent.
danomite- July 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Is there any champion in UFC history who has tried to hand pick his opponents more than this clown? Seriously, this isn't a rhetorical question. I'd really like to know if anybody can think of any.
The_Dead_Cow- July 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm
******This is not new, Silva complains about almost everyone he fights. Seriously, when was the last time he didn't cry about who he was gonna fight next? _______*******If 85% of UFC fans don't know who Lombard is, then 99.99% of UFC fans don't know who Rockhold is.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- July 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm
i would love to see dan henderson again
Tim Sylvia 1 P4P EVA- July 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm
Andy wants nothing to do with him. And as for Lumbard, again Andy wants nothing to do with him either.........Because the two are fucking ANIMALS WHO COULD VERY WELL BREAK THE MYTH OF STEVEN SEAGAL!!!!!!!! HE and his camp are scared shitless! Please give us Either of these fights Dana, you HGH Baloon!!!!!
amsterdamheavy- July 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm
startin to get tired of this guy's bullshit - and that bit about Silva getting a shot after 1 fight over Leben is very relevant. Shit - Lombard would deserve a title shot with one win more than Silva did 6 years ago.
Crow42- July 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm
U wanna know y the spider and his camp can talk like this ?
Easy they earned it , by winning LOL
towelie- July 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm
I understad that Anderson gets paid a % of the PPV(a/k/a Anderson Silva money), but how do you figure Rockhold(the current Strikeforce MW champ) is more well known than Lombard(who was 3 months ago the Bellator champ and KO'ing veryone in his path)? I am still a fan of Anderson ofthe past, but this and the whole "my clone" shit is pissing me off.
guelph gym- July 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm
i think we should all give silva some slack if it werent for him we wouldnt of gotten to see him slap out fael for a second time considering that fight was suppose to take place in brazil id like to see him fight t least 3 times a year so yeah give him an easy fight like bisbing weidman then maybe wed see him fight more the only one i see beating him is lombard
Ricardo Guitardo- July 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm
I wouldn't want to fight a juiced-up monkey like lombard either.
Sloppyspray- July 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm
I was thinking the same thing as Fried Taco. You guys should have put an extra asterisk after that sentence since definitely more people know Weidman than Rockhold, and I would think more people might know Lombard.
At this point I can't tell if Andy/His camp are the biggest trolls in the industry or just a bunch of pussies (or just don't give a shit about us, the fans).
Fried Taco- July 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm
Yeah, Luke Rockhold would be a great PPV draw.