Remember Anderson Silva, the UFC middleweight champ, the guy who got so pissed at the reaction to his fight with Patrick Cote that he wanted to be put on another UFC card as fast as possible just so he could punch a hole in someone’s face and shut everybody up?
Well he’s calmed down now. Despite Dana White’s indications that Silva would headline UFC 95 in February, possibly against Thales Leites, Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, says they’re thinking they’d rather wait until April to fight again.
"With our timing and our scheduling, it just makes more sense to come back [in April]," Soares said.
"As of right now, nothing has been 100 percent decided yet," Soares said. "It looks like we’re looking to fight in April. We don’t know what can happen, but as of right now, I think we’re going to be fighting in April."
Okay, so that’s not a firm declaration that Silva absolutely will not fight in February. He seems like a guy who can be convinced to strap on the gloves and hurt somebody if Dana White sweetens the deal and gives a speech that includes the phrase “it’s the boss’s car,” but it still sounds like bad news for the UFC 95 card.
Soares also said they’d be interested in doing a 205-pound fight, and insinuated that part of Silva’s desire to wait until April might have something to do with Paulo Filho, who might also come back around then, possibly for Bellator.
If that’s the case, I’m going to be very disappointed. As disappointed as Silva is going to be when Filho freaks out and goes on a pizza and Doritos binge six days before his fight and ruins the whole dual comeback story.
Then again, this could be all a ploy to get the UFC to offer him a bigger fight. First the rumor was Chuck Liddell would be his opponent, so after that Leites doesn’t sound so great. Soares did his best to stress how uncommitted they were to any course of action, so maybe the message to the UFC there is: make us a better offer.