Anderson Silva Camp Turns Down Weidman and Jones; Calls Diaz a Good Opponent I MMA News


With the challengers for Anderson Silva‘s belt lining up around the corner like the debut of a new iPhone, Silva weighs in on who he is willing to fight. The answer might surprise you as Silva (via Ed Soares) said that he doesn’t want a fight with Chris Weidman or a super-fight with Jon Jones. He does, however, welcome a fight with welterweight Nick Diaz.

While speaking to reporters at the UFC on FOX 4 open workouts, Soares opened up on potential opponents.

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First, Silva’s manager turns down the idea of a super-fight between Silva and the 205-pound king, Jon Jones:

“I don’t think it’s a good fight. I think No. 1, Jon Jones, said he doesn’t want the fight, and Anderson said he doesn’t want the fight. What is it going to do for Jones if he goes go down in weight to fight Anderson? If he loses it’s going to ruin him. If Anderson Silva moves up in weight and fights Jon Jones, here’s a lighter guy who’s going to take my title? C’mon dude. Anderson is fighting a much younger guy, a much bigger guy, and Jon Jones is going to be fighting a smaller guy who technically could be better than him. I can see why each guy wouldn’t want to fight. What’s the upside? Dana can’t force anyone to fight at a bigger weight class. Anderson is the 185-pound champion. He’ll fight anyone you put in front of him. So make Jon Jones make 185 pounds if you want that to happen.”

The man that most think deserves the next shot, Chris Weidman, is also given the cold shoulder in terms of his challenge for the middleweight crown as Soares scoffs at his challenge:
“I mean, because he had an impressive win over Mark Munoz and Maia? Sure.”

Finally, whether Ed Soares is just trying to throw off fans or not, he states that a fight with welterweight Nick Diaz would make a suitable return for ‘The Spider’:
“Sure, we’ll consider anyone the UFC puts in front of us, I don’t have a choice. Nick Diaz is a good opponent possibly, I mean, he’s a smaller guy, but he’s a guy who comes out and fights every time, he’s going to put on a good fight. I don’t know what’s going to happen, that’s a question for Dana and [Joe] Silva.”For More MMA news and updates, stay tuned to and make sure to leave your comments below.

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