Tomorrow night in Brooklyn, New York, former UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva will step into the Octagon against top ranked middleweight Derek Brunson for a highly anticipated pivotal middleweight scrap.
While Silva is currently on a 2-fight skid, both results came under strange circumstances. In his most recent loss, Silva dropped a unanimous decision to Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 in a fight he took on just 48 hours notice. Prior to that, Silva dropped a unanimous decision to Michael Bisping in the main event of ‘UFC Fight Night: London’ in an extremely controversial fight. In addition to some believing the fight should have been scored in Silva’s favor, a knockdown from Silva which sent Michael Bisping to the canvas as the bell sounded at the end of the 3rd round, had many believing the fight should have been stopped.
Now, ahead of his UFC 208 scrap with Derek Brunson, Silva spoke to media members to discuss the situation:
“For a long time, I had the belt, and I lost time with my family, and now I just keep my focus on fighting, (then) go home and stay with my family.”
“I think I’m waiting for this fight on Saturday, and I’ll go back home with my family and wait for the next challenge.”
Silva was then asked if he believed a win over Brunson could earn him a title shot against the winner of the upcoming Michael Bisping vs. Yoel Romero fight, to which Silva responded:
“One more good question, but this is for Dana,” he said. “In my opinion, I proved for a long time how much I give my heart in my time with the UFC. Why not give me the opportunity to fight for the belt again? I don’t know. But this is a good question for Dana, not for me.”
Of course, after mentioning several times over the course of the past few weeks that he was interested in a Conor McGregor superfight. He elaborated on his comments, saying:
“I think it’s a challenge for my technique in standup,” he said. “I think McGregor has a good striking technique, and in my mind, I think it’s a good fight for fans, and it’s a challenge for me. I respect Conor. He’s a great champion. That’s it.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/10/2017.