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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.