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CagePotato Ban: Anderson Silva’s Managers Being Allowed to Speak in Public

The last time we saw Anderson Silva’s manager Ed Soares, he was telling Inside MMA — with a straight face! — that Michael Bisping would be a good option for Silva’s next middleweight title defense. After all, it’s Soares’s job to help his client get big fights that the fans want to see. (His response when Bas Rutten suggested that Anderson fight UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones: “AhhhhhhIdunno.”)

So now that Bisping has fallen short in yet another “win this one and you get a title shot” match, Soares finally has to accept the reality that Chris Weidman is the most worthy contender to Silva’s crown, right? Right? RIGHT? Well, if you believe that, then you simply don’t know the enigma that is Ed Soares. He’s got another Plan B in mind, and it’s about as left-field as matchmaking gets. Here’s what he told CageFanatic in an interview last week, as transcribed by MMAMania:

(Silva’s next fight) is still up in the air man, we don’t know who that is. Unfortunately Bisping lost which was a big thing but I’m not too sure. I’m not too sure who could be next…we want to fight someone who has a little bit of a name, someone that has as big of a name as possible and that’s on a winning record or a winning run right now. Right now it seems like most of the guys with names have had losses very recently. So, when I think about it, like the only thing that comes to mind and I don’t even know if that would be a possible fight is, you know, like Cung Le is coming off of three wins or something like that [Ed. note: Yeah, or something like that.] where he’s got a little bit of a name, but I mean it’s really hard in that division because it’s so evenly matched all the opponents on any given day one of those guys can beat each other, so you know, once again whoever the UFC decided we’re in…

Soares went on to reiterate the Silva camp’s old claim that Chris Weidman simply isn’t famous enough to fight Anderson Silva:

I don’t think Anderson has anything to gain from that fight other than beating a super tough, unknown guy. He’s a phenomenal talent and no disrespect to his fighting abilities, but we would like to fight somebody with a little more recognition and maybe Weidman is maybe a fight or two away, you know what I mean? In hopefully building up that, you know, his following a little bit. What is there to gain from us to beat him? Really, I mean I ask you what is there for us to beat him? He’s going into that fight, most people, the general public are like ‘Oh Anderson is just fighting some guy named Weidman from New York, you know, he’s going to walk through him.’ So, if he doesn’t walk through him, there’s really nothing to gain other than another win and money in his pocket…Ask random people that watch the sport and ask them who Chris Weidman is and see what percentage will know who he is.”

To summarize: Cung Le is the best opponent for Anderson right now because hypothetically he would sell more pay-per-view buys than Chris Weidman, even though, come on, are you fucking serious Ed? You can’t even use the “nobody else asked for it” defense for this one, because Weidman wants this fight badly, and he’ll be ready to go by this spring. Luckily, Dana White has stepped in as the voice of reason:

This is typical Anderson Silva-Ed Soares craziness. Every (expletive) time there’s a fight. He wants to fight (Demetrious) ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, then he wants to (expletive) fight this guy and that guy. This is always the same deal, it always happens. ‘I absolutely will not fight Chael Sonnen, he doesn’t deserve the title and I’m not doing this and I’m not doing that.’ This is what we do. We’re waiting on something, we’ll see if this pans out. When we’re ready to announce it, we’ll announce it. He will defend his title; it won’t be a super fight.

It’s good to know that we’re not the only ones growing weary of Soares’s fun little “suggestions” for who Anderson Silva should beat the crap out of next. But not only are Soares and Jorge Guimaraes‘s public matchmaking attempts frustrating to those of us who want to see the best fight the best — removed from all financial motivations — they also do a disservice to Anderson Silva. When Silva’s managers constantly argue that Chris Weidman isn’t worthy of a title shot, many fans come to the same conclusion: That Silva is scared of Weidman, and is ducking him as a result. It might not be accurate, but it’s public perception nonetheless, and you can blame Soares and Guimaraes for that.

The problem with an MMA manager speaking on behalf of his client is that it’s inevitable that his own agenda will be incorporated into the message. And at times, Ed Soares has blatantly misrepresented Silva. But since Soares is the one speaking to the media most of the time, his message is the one that dominates. So here’s our decree: Anderson Silva’s managers should do all their dealings behind-the-scenes and off-camera, from now on. When Anderson wants to express something to the media, he should do it personally, through an interpreter, if necessary — one who will actually translate what he’s saying. Everything else is just noise.

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Thumblaster- January 29, 2013 at 8:00 am
Who is this weedman
Pen Fifteen- January 29, 2013 at 6:50 am
@cman
You act like Silva hasn't fought a slew of no-name challengers: do Cote, Leites, Maia, or even fucking Travis Lutter ring a bell? (Lets throw in Bonnar, considering he was doing the UFC a solid by bolstering that card.)

Not even a month after Silva had beaten Sonnen, for the second time, Weidman fanboys were calling to have Silva stripped of the belt, without even considering the possibility that Weidman might not have a legitimate claim to #1 contendership. So what has Weidman done? Sit on the sidelines while Boetsch, Bisping, and Belcher all tried, and failed, to make themselves look like legitimate contenders. In the case of the latter two, it was by facing guys who'd already been in with Silva. What makes Weidman so special that he shouldn't have to do the same? I have yet to hear a single argument on that point, except this claim that "ZOMG SILVAS GOTTA DEFEND THE BELT ASAP OR HE SHOULD BE STRIPPED!", as if the dude hadn't already defended the belt twice over as many times as any champ in history.
RearNakedSpoon- January 29, 2013 at 6:29 am
Ok lets all agree that 185 has no contender, he should move to 205 then...happy nut huggers?
cman- January 29, 2013 at 3:01 am
Ignoring the fest of the debate: pennfifteen, my point was, as the GOAT, why do you need a big name across from you? YOU are the name. I never said ducking, you did.
I'm just trying to recall a dominant champ who needed a big name, we watched
The TYSON fight.
The ALI fight.
The LIDDELL fight
The GSP fight.
Against who didn't matter, but spider is trying to say he needs another name in there with him?
Dagnut- January 29, 2013 at 2:34 am
Scared? Why are you spouting this rubbish...Weidman has beaten one genuine contender in Munoz...and Munoz gained that by beating.....Leben?..he looks really dangerous but it's not like he's cleared ranks. For me Shogun should get his sh!t together and make 185 before its too late...A focused , fit shogun has the skills to hurt Silva...maybe the henderson fight was all he had left?
mma4ever- January 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm
I think that anderson silva acts like a baby tard sometimes. But instesd of retard strength hes got accurate strikes instead and you dont want that kid coming over.
Pen Fifteen- January 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm
The comparison to Jones is pointless, because he's been the LHW champ for all of a year. Obviously there's going to be more of a backlog of contenders. Let's see Jones run the show for the better part of a decade and then see what kind of fights he wants to take. Calling out Mighty Mouse my ass. You act like Dana White himself doesn't have some interest in getting Silva to follow orders and fight for the least amount of money possible. Clearly the UFC would love it if Weidman knocked off Silva right now, because they would suddenly have a champ for whom they're paying a bargain price, and suddenly Silva's earning potential is massive decreased. People who side with management over workers never cease to amaze me.

And to go to your second point, like I said, Weidman probably is the most credible contender at this point. But that also means fuck-all given the way Silva has chased virtually ever former contender out of the division. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I've heard the whole "wrestling is Silva's weakness!" argument, and I don't buy it. The only way Weidman is going to convince me he stands a chance in hell against Silva is to fight comparable opposition. Until then he's just blowing hot air. It's no different than Johnny Hendrick's bluster. He had his chance to prove he was on GSP's level, and he blew it by barely squeaking by Kos, a guy GSP dominated.
Gobbleston- January 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm
I'm not saying Weidman is necessarily deserving of a title shot. It's true that he hasn't had many fights, and he isn't a huge name. But who else is there? Blatantly ignoring this important fact, and instead searching up lesser opponents.. I mean, it's just a noticeable trend.
Gobbleston- January 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm
Come on dude, he's for days always trying to dig up weak fights. Dana even knows this himself, calling out Mighty Mouse damn near. Michael Bisping makes the most sense? The article has a great point as the things he does makes him seem scared of taking certain fights. Remember he was trying to get out Sonnen 2? Now Cung Le? Come on. Come on!! You can't defend the absurdity of that. Maybe he's not ducking people as much as he's constantly seeking out easy fights. I just can't be impressed with that behavior. I'm a self admitted Jones hater, but at least you don't see him digging around the bargain bin. Calling out Matt Hamill because he had a recent win, and it makes the most sense. Bah.
Pen Fifteen- January 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm
Put it this way, just because Weidman is "the most worthy contender to Silva's crown" doesn't mean he deserves a shot right now. Sorry, but beating Mark Munoz, a dude who himself had zero top 10 wins on his ledger (also recall Munoz lost to Okami, a dude Silva destroyed) hardly gives you the right to call out the GOAT. If anything, Weidman looks like the one who is trying to cash in a title shot as quickly as possible without having to go through any established contenders. Is he afraid he might lose to Okami or Vitor? Why not call out someone who has actually been in the ring with Silva if you want to prove you can hang with the champ?
Pen Fifteen- January 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm
@Gobbleston, so outside of the Jones fight, for which he at least has pulled the semi-credible excuse of wanting to leave for his pal Machida, when else has Silva pulled this shit? The dude has ducked no one at 185, because he's basically run every other legitimate contender out of the weight class. Yeah, I get it, you want him to move up to 205, but that shit clearly isn't happening. Get over it.

And RE the Bonnar, do recall that was a last-minute booking used to give UFC 153 a main event when Aldo and Koch both had to pull out of a card that clearly had to have a Brazilian headliner, because it was in Brazil. Do you really think people were lining up to take a fight with Anderson Silva on short notice?
Gobbleston- January 28, 2013 at 6:01 pm
@Pen15 Fuck that shit. If this were the first.. second.. fifth time Silva had pulled this shit, then it might be more overlooked. "Silva haters" didn't just get that way overnight. It's not like anybody could legitimately dislike the guy for no reason, as you've said his record is amazing. He's unquestionably a great fighter. But CONSTANTLY trying to worm around and only get fights that he thinks he can win is bullshit. He doesn't want a little name? Ok, Jon Jones. Big name, millions and millions of dollars. Why not though? Because he can lose. How about GSP then? Big pay day, millions of dollars except Anderson is way bigger and he feels confident he could win. It doesn't make any more or less sense than fighting Jones, except Anderson is much more interested in fighting the smaller fighter. How about he fight at 205 against a big name that he can easily win? Wait, he just did that.
Alan K- January 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm
Geez, Anderson. You already have the reputation as the greatest MMA fighter alive and it's not like Dana will pay you jack squat if you don't fight a name. Either shut up and fight the most deserving challenger (Weidman) or abdicate your title and get the hell out you whiny baby.
Pen Fifteen- January 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm
@cman
Anyone remember the last time someone had a 16-fight UFC winning streak with 10 straight title defenses?

@RearNakedSpoon
What makes you think Dan Henderson has any interest in going down to 185 and getting choked out again?

Swear to God, Silva haters are the worst. All the guy has done is beat the piss out of everyone he's faced for the last 9 years, and people are letting a call-out by a dude with what would easily be the weakest resume for a title contender since Nate Quarry to turn the GOAT into a scared ducking prima donna douchebag clown pussy.
RearNakedSpoon- January 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm
205: Jones, Teixeira, Gustafsson
185: Weidman

If he fails to pick any of those eligible candidates by March then Dan Henderson gets forced on him and if he tries to squirm out of that his belt gets stripped.
cman- January 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm
Anyone remember when the champ was supposed to be the name, not the challenger?
El Guapo- January 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm
Even tho Street Fighter 2 is about 15-20 years past it's heyday, I'd still argue that Chun Li is sill more popular than Cung Le..
Mr_Misanthropy- January 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm
you can't argue with the facts. Cung Le is super huge in Macau right now and also quite popular with the Saturday morning cartoon crowd. Schedule the fight for 5:30 am and have it in Pyongyang. Money.
ArmFarmer- January 28, 2013 at 11:43 am
"So, if he doesn’t walk through him, there’s really nothing to gain other than another win and money in his pocket…"

Anyone else scratching their head at this remark? Isn't that why these guys fight each other to begin with?
BBBreakTime429- January 28, 2013 at 10:57 am
I always thought Cung Le would be a great opponent for Silva. No reason why they should be looking over Weidman tho, I mean shit..people are getting title shots after losses..whos to argue a guy getting a title shot after an 8-9 fight win streak. If Weidman has to fight again before a title shot than give him V. Belfort to see if he's worthy.
Pen Fifteen- January 28, 2013 at 10:23 am
Before the Muñoz fight, Weidman won a decision over Demian Maia, who is now at welterweight. His next-best win is over Tom Lawlor, who isn't even a top 30 MW. And this is the guy who's going to beat Anderson Silva? LOL.

If Weidman wants a title shot, he should go out and win more fights. Rockhold, Jacare, Okami, Lombard and Vitor would all be more than credible opponents. He only has 5 UFC fights. Silva has 16. Who the fuck is Weidman to be dictating when he gets a title shot?
Mr_Misanthropy- January 28, 2013 at 12:16 pm
Yeah, I'm not drinking the Weedman Koolaid either. They need to hold another round of middleweight elimination fights to see what's really going on. I want to see Weedman, Rockhold, and Lombard beat somebody tough (which I guess would be each other) before I'm sold on any of these guys. Boetsch just got handled by Phillippou and Okami clowned Belcher. I don't think Okami or Belfort are going to do any better than they just did against Silva and Michael Bisping should obviously get dropped off the chart. It's a mess.

They should just line everybody up, make them draw numbers from a hat, and have Anderson kick all their asses in one night.
painvelasquez- January 28, 2013 at 10:07 am
Why doesn't ed just say" hey we dnt want a particularly hard fight for anderson we just want a big name and a big pay off without having to work hard for it." Mo money Mo problems huh andy?
crappiefloper- January 28, 2013 at 9:40 am
If only there were some sort of ranking system, manditiory title shot/defense outline.
But money talks fuckers
aaronb- January 28, 2013 at 9:14 am
Sounds like Anderson still really wants GSP and the big payday that comes with that fight.

A loss to Weidman really dulls the luster of that fight, and Anderson's drawing power in general.

Can't blame a guy for wanting to cash in while he is still at the end of his drawing power.
Fried Taco- January 28, 2013 at 8:46 am
I did go out and ask some random people "do you have any weed, man?" - everyone knew what I was talking about, and I made a pretty good score! Thanks for the advice, Ed!
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