For a long time now fans have been clamoring to see the pound for pound best fighter in the world, Anderson Silva, take on his teammate and close friend, WEC middlweight champion Paulo Filho. Both fighters have dismissed the fight in the past, saying that they would never fight one another due to their friendship. But Ed Soares, the manager for both Anderson Silva as well as Paulo Filho was recently a guest on MMA Weekly Radio and did not rule out a possible fight between the two top middleweight fighters sometime down the road:
“If that’s the fight that the world wants to see, then I guess we’re going to have to sit back and talk about it,” Soares said. “I think that’s going to be a hard one to get across to both sides. They’re friends, they’ve been together. But at the end of the day, it’s a business, and sometimes you’ve gotta go in there, and you shake hands. They’ve been on each other for free in training. I can just tell you that it would really have to be something that makes sense for both guys.”
Keep your fingers crossed, ladies and gentlemen. Before that fight comes close to happening however, Filho needs to take care of business against Chael Sonnen at WEC 36 in September. Filho is one of the only people at middleweight that many people believe can truly test Anderson Silva. It’s a fight that hardcores would drool over. Here’s to hoping that the two can come to a compromise as competitors and athletes.