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Anderson Silva unlikely to return at UFC 95; April return on the horizon

Ed Soares, Anderson Silva’s manager, told MMA Junkie today that a fight at UFC 95 is unlikely for the current pound for pound king. Dana White said earlier in the week during his time in North Carolina for “Fight For The Troops” that a matchup between Thales Leites and Anderson Silva could very well headline UFC 95. According to Soares, that seems very unlikely.

“As of right now, nothing has been 100 percent decided yet. 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,” Soares told Junkie.

Silva’s last bout was in October, a successful title defense against Patrick Cote, a fight where he won via TKO when Cote went down due to injury. Before that, however, he knocked out light heavyweight James Irvin in the first round at UFC Fight Night 14. Soares also told Junkie that another fight at 205 lbs. was also a possibility for Silva.

“It’s not decided yet, but we’d be interested in doing a 205-pound fight,” said Soares.

Soares also went on to say that the UFC 95 fight with Leites is not completely ruled out and that it’s obviously up to the UFC when Silva fights but that they have told Dana White that they’d like for Silva to return in April.

  • Jackyl says:

    Yes! Do another one at 205! Bring on Liddell, Couture, Forrest, Rashad, Thiago Silva, Machida, bring them all !

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  • Bad Monkey says:

    Jackyl, Silva’s nutz just called and said they were suffocating from you hugging so hard!

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  • Davey D says:

    Six month’s is a long wait to be fighting again. Both the MW and LHW divison’s will be very busy over the next few month’s. There is a lot to sort out so Anderson coming back in April does sound about right to me. I wish it was more like February or March but…what it is.

    I believe if Silva fought Lietes, Thales would get KTFO inside of two round’s. This might be why we’re waiting for the word on the Spider’s next opponent? Zuffa could possibly feel the same, however, I would book that bout if I were them. Whatever they do, I hope they do the right thing.

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  • William W. says:

    April would be good because he could finally defend the title against Okami (provided he wins in December). On the other hand, Anderson didn’t sustain any damage in October so I’m not sure why they want to wait 7 months between bouts.

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  • Sergio Hernandez says:

    I agree with William W.

    Okami should walk out of his fight with Lister relatively unscathed as the fight will likely end up on the ground and Lister will be content to hold Okami in his guard for 15 minutes.

    Have Silva fight the last remaining contender at 185 and then, should he win, announce he’s either fighting GSP or moving up to 205.

    Four man tournament a la what’s going on at HW right now with Leities and Marquardt meeting up and the winner moving on to face the winner of Bisping/Maia.

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  • Tony Fennen says:

    I think they are setting up Anderson to fight the winner of the Light Heavy Match.
    I see him beating Forrest or Rashad pretty easy.
    Just my guess.

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  • Steve says:

    Silva should not fight Leites yet..they have not pumped up the fight to a title shot yet..Leites barely won again Marquart in a controversial fight..due to point deductions..Marquart was dismantled in the first round..What UFC needs to do to sell this fight is to market the following 3 MW for the title shot..Bisping, Maia and suggestion..Bisping vs Leites first..whoever wins then should face Maia for the No 1 contender..In fact, Maia deserves more of a title shot than Leites..being unbeaten in the Octagon and with a perfect no-loss record..Joe Silva needs to make this a marketed fight to bring some excitement to the champion..he’s been bored lately due to no-exciting challenges..He either needs a 205 title shot..or market and build-up his MW challengers more..since he’s literally wiped-out that division..

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  • nate says:

    I would watch Silva fight anyone, he is so explosive and talented.

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  • Don Lirette says:

    Silva knows that he can retire, if he wants, can call the fight he wants, but word is he needs to make some more money to retire WELL. The dilemma for the UFC is to get a fighter that would be a legit challenge and that Silva will be willing to fight. That will definitely come to pass the 205 class. Silva is a great fighter but he is not the “end all be all of MMA. ” His moving up to 205( Griffin, Evans, Machita,Jackson, Liddell ,when he keeps his hands up,and the one I’d really like to see… Anderson Silva vs. Wanderlei Silva) will definitively prove that. He’ll make his money but then maybe have to retire. Peace and Merry Christmas everyone.

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