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Soares suggests UFC create an interim middleweight title (MMABay.co.uk) In an EXCLUSIVE interview...

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Soares suggests UFC create an interim middleweight title (MMABay.co.uk) In an EXCLUSIVE interview with MMABay, Ed Soares, the manager of UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva has suggested that the UFC should create an interim title at 185 pounds so that "The Spider" can continue to fight the biggest fights available at light heavyweight or even heavyweight. When asked about Silva’s reluctance to jump back into he octagon against Henderson, a man he already holds a victory over, Soares said: "I think Dan Henderson fighting the winner of Nate Marquardt vs. Demain Maia would really produce a number one contender. Take nothing away from Dan Henderson, he’s a great fighter, people have said he’s the only person that’s beat Anderson for a round (in the UFC)." "Yeah I mean he won that round, the first round but I don’t think he really did anything to Anderson during that round. He had him on the ground and he pretty much just tied up pretty well, the only thing he was doing was covering his mouth a little bit to try and make it more difficult for Anderson to breathe, but in my heart I just don’t think he deserves a title shot yet." "Dana and the UFC are going to do what they think is right but I think the winner of Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia should fight Dan Henderson for the number one contender. I mean I even think it would be interesting to see the winner of Demian Maia/Nate Marquardt fight Dan Henderson for the interim title and then whoever wins the interim title fights Anderson for the title." With Marquardt and Maia set to collide this weekend at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon a decision on this scenario could be made as early as next week and would allow Silva to get in another couple of fights in the higher weight categories before returning to unify the title.

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