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Anderson Silva Manager Jorge Guimaraes Officially Turns Down Fight Against Chris Weidman


They see me trollinnnnnn’. They hatinnnnnn’. Props: Sherdog.

Those of you who have been clinging to the notion that Anderson Silva’s manager Jorge Guimaraes would change his mind about Chris Weidman being an “amateur kid” can officially let that ship sail. Ariel Helwani caught up with Guimaraes yesterday, and even though he clarified that the “amateur kids” comment was a translation error, he still does not see any value in an Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman fight for the time being. Via MMAFighting:

When specifically asked about the “amateur kids” comment:

JGWell, there was a little lack of communication. I spoke to Tatame Magazine in Brazil and it got lost in translation. I have a lot of respect for Weidman. He’s a great fighter, but what I meant is that the fight doesn’t make sense. He has nine fights – impressive fights – but it’s half of the number of fights that Anderson has in the UFC. I think he’s just a little, you know, not ripe enough, but it’s up to the organization to tell [us] who is a good opponent for Anderson.

I think [Silva vs. Weidman] would be hard to promote. Now everyone is coming out after what they saw [with Chael Sonnen]. Chael Sonnen did an excellent job promoting himself and the fight. I guess a lot of people are coming forward; obviously everyone wants a title shot.

AH: Has the UFC asked you or Anderson to fight Chris Weidman next?

JG: Yeah, they mentioned it, but we don’t think it makes sense.

AH: So you’ve turned it down?

JG: Yeah, true. 


Skip to the 1:36 mark for the exact quote.

If you’ve been paying attention for the past two weeks, these comments don’t exactly surprise you. Afterwards, Guimaraes continues to rally for a Georges St. Pierre super fight (emphatically confirming that Jon Jones is out of the question) – claiming that The Spider is prepared to sit out the rest of the year to make this happen – and says that “maybe [Anderson Silva] can make 180″ for the proposed catchweight super fight between Silva and GSP. I’m glad that asking Anderson Silva to drop a whole five pounds isn’t out of the question for this super fight you’re rallying for, Jorge.

Perhaps the most confusing comment from this interview was the revelation that Guimaraes thinks that Rashad Evans would make more sense for a middleweight title shot than Chris Weidman. Aside from the fact that Evans is 0-0 at middleweight and coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Jon Jones, Jorge later ruled out Nick Diaz as a challenger because Diaz lost to Carlos Condit – even though he admits that he thought Diaz beat Condit.

I’d try to make sense out of that, but a “Don’t be scared, homie” joke would be way too easy, and you deserve better than that.

So, just to clarify: It’s up to the UFC to decide what’s next for Anderson Silva, but when the organization suggested Chris Weidman – who is not an amateur kid – Silva’s camp declined. Sitting out and waiting for a catchweight super fight against Georges St. Pierre (potentially at 180 lbs) is easily the most logical option, but Rashad Evans is also logical after losing to Jon Jones and flirting with the idea of dropping to middleweight. And even though Guimaraes feels Nick Diaz beat Carlos Condit, he officially lost that fight, so therefore a fight against Diaz makes no sense because he’s coming off of a controversial decision loss instead of a regular unanimous decision loss.

Any questions?

@SethFalvo

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Crow42- August 3, 2012 at 8:00 am
Damm I thought I disliked the spider
U guys taking the hate to the next level
JPfighter-DAMMA- August 3, 2012 at 7:06 am
The douchebaggery of Anderson Silva and his team is astounding. How can a figther profess to be the best, when they turn down a fight from a very capable challenger? The fans suffer, the sport suffers, but Anderson keeps on keepin on. Bottom line is that Anderson and his camp know that Weidman is a legit threat and they have too much to lose.
scruffyrawdog- August 3, 2012 at 5:05 am
Anderson Silva will always be remembered as the fighter that was scared to fight Jone Jones.
geohutch88- August 3, 2012 at 4:29 am
Before i start this im going to invoke Ricky Bobby rules and say, with all due respect will you guys please take Chris Weidman's dick out of your windpipe*? Don't act like in the lead up to the Munoz fight you didn't have to do actual research as to who he was, and please explain to me how beating Munoz means a damn thing? His greatest accomplishment is beating Chris Leben the flipside is getting ktfo'd by matt hamil dude is a B level fighter at best.
*You guys are full on deep throating him
RearNakedSpoon- August 3, 2012 at 4:02 am
OK, has any UFC title holding camp refused fights before?
Nut Puncher 9000- August 3, 2012 at 3:38 am
and Danbazmma you think that AS going down in weight would be awesome but look at what AS camp says about the same thing in reverse when it comes to JJ/AS lol. SILVA is an extremely talented fighter but he ducks tough fights and thats a fact.
Nut Puncher 9000- August 3, 2012 at 3:30 am
does anyone else notice the pattern of Andersons people always having a reason why the hot talent doesnt deserve a shot but they have taken fights in the past against Cans like Leites? and Cote? and Griffin? How about Sonnen? ..etc...etc...etc...
danbazmma81- August 3, 2012 at 2:37 am
It's pretty funny to me how all these people hate on Anderson Silva for "ducking" easy opponents. Weidman? Belcher? Bisping? Anderson would have no problem with any of these opponents. And Rashad could never make 185, he's too big, dream on. So instead Anderson calls out GSP, which would be the biggest fight in UFC history, btw, and would be an incredibly tough fight for him, and somehow all the haters don't think this is good enough, or he's being a b*tch, or whatever. Somebody explain THAT to me...? Silva vs. GSP would be "Fight of the Decade" and needs to happen.
UFCFightBlogger- August 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm
I hate Anderson's management, the guy is finally healthy and ready to fight and they have him on the shelf for the rest of the year waiting for GSP. How about you take a fight in between and then fight GSP mid to late next year.

Check out what Dana White said about Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/news/dana-white-matt-hughes-forrest-griffin-retire/
RwilsonR- August 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm
Fuck Jorge Finkleschtein!
RwilsonR- August 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm
So Anderson Silva is entering the twilight of his career in the same way as Fedor... by shitting on the legacy he built by refusing decent fights on the off chance he might have a hard one. Say what you want about watching Chuck Liddell lose his chin and take knock out after knock out, at least he never lost his will to fight.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm
Is Guimares really just Ed Soares doppelganger from another dimension?
nhlfanrg- August 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm
Silva and Belcher would be best right now.
The Truth- August 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm
Rashad vs Silva makes the most sense. Or Bones, but they wont do Bones. It would kill a mythical money creature no matter how it went.
Rampages Conscience- August 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm
I actually really like the idea of Rashad vs. Silva. There will be a lot of backlash like when Vitor came back to the UFC and got a title shot so quickly, but I think it is by far the most competitive match that could be offered to Silva.
The_Dead_Cow- August 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm
For some reason Jones & Silva have too much to lose by fighting each other, but fighting GSP is ok? Maybe I'm not supposed to understand.
RearNakedSpoon- August 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Has any other title holder declined fights?
Fearsicle- August 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm
Anderson Silva isn't the one directly declining the fight. His camp is, we don't know how he actually feels on the subject of Weidman or anyone else for that matter.
shatterproof- August 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Sitting out to wait for a fight against a guy who is not only much smaller but has himself been out for a year with a serious injury and still needs to reunify his belt... brilliant. No wait, that other thing: Retarded.

Who else is tired of Guimaraes calling out GSP? Why you scared of larger opponents bro?
Fried Taco- August 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Did he ref that fight where the guy was put to sleep by a triangle, and then woke up and continued to fight in the 2nd round, eventually winning by TKO?
Crow42- August 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Well it does not matter what silva managers says or thinks, cause in a month time. We shall see who the #1 contender is , and when that happens. All this bullshit about silva ducking fights will end(not to mention his manager words, which don't mean shit to a matchmaker)
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