Following UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s defeat of #1 contender Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, the MMA universe has been abuzz over who the 37-year-old Brazilian will face next.
Fuel TV’s “UFC Tonight” recently reported that Silva’s camp is more inclined to a showdown with 10-1 Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold than anyone else. Rockhold is coming off a successful title defense against Tim Kennedy this past weekend.
Citing an unnamed source within Silva’s management, “UFC Tonight” reported that Silva’s camp isn’t high on a fight with either incoming UFC middleweight Hector Lombard, who faces Tim Boetsch this weekend at UFC 149, or fellow middleweight Chris Weidman, who systematically dismantled top five opponent Mark Muñoz at the recent UFC on Fuel TV event.
“One of Anderson Silva’s managers said that one of the issues with Hector Lombard is he thinks he needs at least three more impressive wins in the UFC. He said that 85 percent of UFC fans don’t even know who Hector Lombard is, who is of course making his Octagon debut on Saturday night.
“As for Chris Weidman, he said, ‘Well, there’s another great unknown fighter.’ He doesn’t see those matchups as being money making pay-per-view events.
“He did mention Luke Rockhold, who is the Strikeforce middleweight champion. Alas, Rockhold is contractually tied to Strikeforce, so that fight’s not happening. We’ll have to wait and see, but right now, the Anderson Silva camp is not too excited about the options out there.”
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