While former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva has Michael Bisping set in his sights for the time being, “The Axe Murderer” has already began to think about the future, and apparently current middleweight champion Anderson Silva has no part in it.
“I talk with Anderson again who was my friend for so long and we had our problems but we’re done with those problems,” said Silva during a recent fan Q&A session that took place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “At this moment, I don’t want a fight with him. He’s the champion. I need to prove myself again inside the Octagon. I need to fight better.
“After few fights I would feel comfortable, but now, I don’t want a fight with him.”
So if there are no title hopes in the near future for the rebounding knockout artist, who then? According to Wanderlei, his first choice is fighting an opponent currently signed with Strikeforce, but the next name on his hit list seems like a much more realistic possibility.
“I wanted to fight with Dan Henderson, but he left (for Strikeforce),” explained Silva. “I would say Rich Franklin. Our first fight was a close match. I think I won, he thought he won. It was a tough decision. But the UFC is great with a lot of good fighters. So all fights have the potential to be a great match.”
Silva will face of with Michael Bisping at UFC 110, which is set to take place from Sydney, Australia on February 20.