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Anderson Silva Camp Thinks UFC Middleweights Are “Amateur Kids,” Rallies for GSP Just to Be Difficult

Anderson Silva, shown modeling for Rolling Stone while showing us his war face.

It’s no secret that the UFC middleweight division is a bit of a mess right now. With Michael Bisping set to fight Brian Stann, Alan Belcher squaring off against Vitor Belfort, Cung Le fighting Rich Franklin and Chris Weidman and Tim Boetsch sitting on the sidelines, it’s no wonder we’re possibly looking at a middleweight tournament to sort this mess out. In theory, the tournament would give Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva plenty of time to go to barbecues and fight Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones while the division sorts itself out. In reality, that will never happen.

With the middleweight division being such a gigantic question mark, it may make sense to just ask someone in Anderson Silva’s camp who they’d like to see him fight next. There’s just one small problem: Anderson Silva’s camp are, how should I say this, pricks. Case in point, here’s what Silva’s manager Jorge Guimaraes said about the possibility of Anderson fighting Chris Weidman, Tim Boetsch and Alan Belcher, who have all recently called out “The Spider” (via Tatame):

“That’s a big joke. Everybody saw that it worked for Chael, and he got really famous with that, and now everybody wants to be on the spotlight. No opponent makes sense for Anderson at this moment*. Unless we do a catchweight against Georges St. Pierre.** They didn’t offer the fight, but he’s the only one that could do a super fight. Anderson has the biggest paycheck in the UFC, and you can’t promote an event with these amateur kids that are coming up now.***”

*Except for, you know, the winners of the fights in the first paragraph that aren’t Le vs. Franklin. Include Weidman and Boetsch on that list, too.

** So, a guy who is undefeated, has won five fights in the UFC’s middleweight division and just destroyed a consensus top middleweight doesn’t make sense, but a welterweight who has been nursing an injury, is booked to unify the UFC Welterweight Championship/Interim Championship in November and will then need time to put on weight for a middleweight fight does. Right, sure, why not? Just tell me, is Chael Sonnen the middleweight champion of this parallel universe you’ve created, or did Travis Lutter manage to knock him out?

Look, the rest of us have given up on this Silva/GSP super fight years ago. With the time it would take for GSP to put on enough weight to fight at 185 – not to mention rehab from an injury in the all-too-likely case he gets hurt in November – it’s safe to assume that ship has sailed. Silva/GSP is pretty much an MMA pipe dream, the same way that Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is one for boxing.

***Didn’t we have this exact same discussion before UFC 117? And then didn’t Chael Sonnen make himself famous by calling out Anderson Silva, like you, you know, just said seconds earlier?

Eh, I give up. If you guys in the comments section have any better ideas for Anderson Silva that don’t involve middleweights, Jon Jones or Georges St. Pierre, let us know.

Previously: Anderson Silva Camp Doesn’t Want Weidman or Lombard, Brings up Luke Rockhold Just to Be Difficult.


  1. Qlay Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 01:19

    Silva vs. Dos Santos imo
  2. Rampages Conscience Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 01:22

    Fedor. Dana could probably whip that up quickly...
  3. WarpedAcorn Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 01:38

    I want to see Silva face all the contenders listed above in a Survival Mode. As soon as he knocks one fool out, the next comes out. That would be rad and would also make as much sense as Silva v. GSP or Silva v. Franklin (like he wants).
  4. The12ozCurls Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 01:55

    Good to see Brazil finally got the Sex Pistol, The Beach Boys and Metallica. Do they have the internet yet?
  5. The12ozCurls Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 01:56

    "Pistols" God damn edit button
  6. Teddy Tom Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 02:40

    Long time reader. First time poster. Do not see why the man is complaining about fighting someone. He has highlight reel knockout chance of 100%, and 400k+ in the bank, and he gets to put another fool in place.
  7. ArmFarmer Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 02:44

    "He's the only one that could do a superfight" Except for that Jon Jones guy.. but he might actually win, so he doesn't count. Not to Silva's camp anyway. Maybe we will get lucky and it will turn out that Lombard had the flu or octagon jitters or something, and will later knock silvas face off. One can dream, right?
  8. RearNakedSpoon Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 02:47

    It really makes no sense to secure a legacy with a catchweight fight against a smaller opponent. Penn held the title at 155 and 170 in the UFC and fought open weight against Machida. How can anyone say he is the greatest of all time without surpassing at least that yard stick? He needs to make a title run at 205. He still has to cut weight for it, he can abandon 185 to build more mass to match the other 205 fighters if he absolutely needs to. Look at Rory MacDonald, how is Silva ever going to be remembered if these beasts are the future of the sport who can conceivably hold titles in two divisions at the same time. Fast forward to a much more populated sport with more divisions crammed in (like boxing) and no one is going give two shits about some can crusher in a single division.
  9. joshuan29 Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 02:50

    I wish Sonnen hadn't gone for that stupid backfist, and had stuck to ragdolling Silva around the Octagon like a kid. Then we wouldn't have to hear these cocky idiots in his camp talking about who he doesn't want to fight. Or hear Silva say he wants to fight his "Clone." I want someone to smash this guy and soon. The chink in his armor has been found. Hell, if Chael wins 2 more fights, let him fight Silva again. Even if he isn't getting actually defeated, I still like watching AS get beat up. I say please feed him to JJ or maybe bring down Cain Velasquez to MW to teach these morons a little humility
  10. shatterproof Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 02:56

    Wow, calling out a much smaller opponent who has been injured for a year. Ballsy... no wait, that other thing. Pussy.
  11. smellypiratehooker Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 03:56

    At what point was he given the right to pick and choose who he deems qualified to fight him? Next it's gonna be him wanting the blue and pink smarties picked out of his bowl and for his coffee to only be stirred counter clockwise. How about all those times that you stand there and thank the fans for making it possible, that you show your apprieciation by fighting whoever the fuck we want. In the end you'll gain more respect for being a tough motherfucker, opposed to being a picky diva.
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  17. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 08:06

    I'm with the spoon. If he alreeady fought at 205 successfully and doesn't feel like anybody challenges him at 185, make a run through 205. Maybe keep defending the 185 belt and pick off bigger names at 205 and not necessarily even fight for the title if you're too much of a pussy to mess with Bon Jonsey's greatness. Do something or shut yer face.
  18. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 08:06

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  20. mookiestick Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 09:58

    If your weight class is full of amateurs, move up a(s)shole....
  21. Texas Says:

    Fri, 07/27/12 - 10:09

    First of all it was his manager who said it and not Anderson, I bet he is paid off a percentage so a Super Fight would benefit him much more. Second, Rashad, thats the answer.
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  27. Smitty Says:

    Sat, 07/28/12 - 09:22

    I can't believe after all these years & all these top tier fighters that Silva has beat, that he still gets the kind of disrespect that he does. Some of the comments that are directed @ Silva (which in itself is weird because Silva didn't say anything, it was his manager that made the comments) shows the difference between true mma fans, & people that are a lot less knowledgeable of the sport. Dana White reamed Silvas ass, and talked big shit about him when he was show boating and not finishing fights against lesser oponents, but he still never hesitated to call Silva the best fighter in the world. Silva, nor his camp has ever turned down or requested a fight from the UFC. He accepts what they offer him EVERY time and is the most gracious fighter after every fight. I feel sorry for some of you cats like, joshuan29 who says "I wish Sonnen hadn't gone for that stupid backfist". The fights over bro, get out of your feelings like that in front of other grown men on this site, it doesn't look good on you.
  28. cman Says:

    Sat, 07/28/12 - 12:02

    Been saying for I dunno how long now, 2 fighters are doing more to push MMA down the boxing fucktard path and they are spider and bones. Picking and choosing opponents, mystery injuries, shady managers, p.r. Firm designed images, false humility. I am a huge fan of dominant champions since that is always what pushes divisions foward, and still I find myself disliking both of these champs more and more. They are bringing all the bad with them, I.e. picking out the green m&m's reference. And it is not by accident they will not fight each other.
  29. Fisticuffs Says:

    Sat, 07/28/12 - 04:08

    Silva haters are generally pathetic, as is the case with many of these comments. He's not bringing down the sport CMAN, be quiet. If anything, he's gaining fans for the sport by his never ending ridiculous highlight reels. Just think about if Silva never fought in the UFC; if you think it would've been good for the UFC in the long run, then you're the opposite of smart. SHATTERPROOF- He's not a pussy, actually he's fought everybody the UFC's put in front of him, even when he didn't want to fight them. Calling Silva a pussy makes you look like an idiot, period. SMELLYPIRATEHOOKER- Really, a pink diva? Okay, just stfu and move on. You simply hate him because he doesn't act like a brute outside of the ring as well as inside, your argument's invalid. Well, the fact is he is a tough bastard, and another fact is you're far too ignorant to see it. ArmFarmer- Jones doesn't want to fight Silva, it's mutual.
  30. shatterproof Says:

    Sat, 07/28/12 - 05:18

    Poor Fisticuffs, can't even read. Stop it bro, you are hurting my feelings.
  31. smellypiratehooker Says:

    Sat, 07/28/12 - 06:01

    @fisticuff First off, it was "picky diva" not "pink Diva", as in trying to pick his own fights, which there is plenty of evidence of. Secondly, I actually enjoy watching Silva fight almost more than anyone because of his fluid almost "Ali" like style. But when he tries to avoid competition that doesn't suit his style (like he did with Chael and appears to be doing with Weidman and Lombard), than it becomes frustrating because that is not the kind of tact that I believe a champion should display. Now you can say that it was his it was his managers that said that about wanting to fight GSP(who by the way is much smaller than Silva) but if Silva didn't agree with what they were saying than he would have stepped up and said so. There job is after all to represent him.
  32. Crow42 Says:

    Sat, 07/28/12 - 06:26

    Haha the man dominated the middleweight division for the better part of the decade , and u guys getting heart attack (via a comment his manager made, NOT HIM) How spoiled we are becoming (the complaints here are laughable at best)
  33. smellypiratehooker Says:

    Sat, 07/28/12 - 06:37

    reading back over what I just said, subtract "than" and add "then". In a bit of a rush to clear up a bit of the confusion Fisticuff had.
  34. smellypiratehooker Says:

    Sat, 07/28/12 - 07:06

    @fisticuff ohh, and by the way. You saying that " You simply hate him because he doesn't act like a brute outside of the ring as well as inside, your argument's invalid " makes you sound like a pompous fuck. I never said that I hated him, nor did I say that I want him to act like a brute so where you pulled that little bit of brilliance from is lost on me.
  35. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Sun, 07/29/12 - 01:26

    *sweet robot voice* I hate your face.
  36. cman Says:

    Mon, 07/30/12 - 10:33

    @fist. First off do not say 'opposite of smart' that's an automatic ghetto word a day calander to hide ignorance sign. Seriously, go to school. Second, since the idea of future reference I made escaped you and you wish to argue past, bones and his DWI sure didn't help since he had about as big a sponsor as you can have in bud light. Silva and his clowning and temler tantrums basically killed a market. Note, even with middle east partner the ufc has NOT gone back. But to finish my thought, going forward the sport does not need champions who pick and choose opponents like in boxing. I like dominant champions, but I like the iceman/Penn version who SEEK the best. Say what you will on sonnen, he wanted the best. He lost but at least had the balls to go after them. Liddel went to pride doing the same, Penn fought in 4 divisions doing it. Its no mistake they both fight down a weight class from their natural body size, its no mistake they refuse to fight each other, and its no mistakespider will fight down (if GSP moves up) but will not fight up.this is the exact mindset of major sports (which I quit watching) and boxing. No go back to school boy and maybe learn to argue what someone said, not what you wish they said.
  37. Crow42 Says:

    Mon, 07/30/12 - 03:42

    Opposite of smart is not a ghetto term at all, where the fuck do u guys come up with this shit lol If thats consider ghetto to u , don't go outside anymore (god forbide u mIght hear something way worse and actually ghetto lol)
  38. cman Says:

    Tue, 07/31/12 - 01:44

    Read the WHOLE SENTENCE.
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