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Steven Marrocco gets the story for MMA Weekly:
(Anderson Silva's manager Ed) Soares maintains a title eliminator between Nate Marquardt and Dan Henderson is the most logical idea for Silva's next contender, given their recent victories and Henderson's 2007 win over Belfort in PRIDE Fighting Championships. He first pitched the idea to White following UFC 102 in August, but White did not commit.
They also are complaining since Belfort had trouble making 195lbs for his UFC 103 fight against Rich Franklin:
Soares believes Belfort's weight issues may persist should his fighter accept the fight.
"Vitor has not fought in the UFC at 185 pounds," he said. "Now, I know people can say Anderson fought for the belt after one fight, and that's true, but he fought at 185 pounds. At 195 pounds, he didn't make weight, at first. So he couldn't make weight at 195 pounds, but now he's going to fight for the title at 185 pounds?"
On top of that, Silva's elbow surgery apparently discovered more complications and may prevent Anderson from fighting at UFC 108 at all:
"It's doctor's decision," he added in English. "My elbow is hurt, but doctor Chad says come back to training, come back to fight."
On Wednesday, the champion is scheduled to begin physical therapy after getting his surgery stitches removed. Soares says a decision on Silva's fight-readiness will be made in 10 days.
From my perspective this is just more mischief from Silva and Soares.
Check some of their other antics:
- Ed Soares: Anderson Silva Didn't Get Elbow Surgery
- Anderson Silva Wants to Fight at Heavyweight
- Anderson Silva's Manager Denies Silva Is Giving Up His Middleweight Belt
- Anderson Silva and Dana White Have a Philosophical Difference