German-based BJJ black belt, Carlos Eduardo Rocha, hasn't fought in the UFC since a close decision loss to Jake Ellenberger back in February. Although he hoped to compete on the upcoming card in his native Brazil, Rocha tells Tatame that he's still recovering from elbow surgery and is targeting an early spring return to the Octagon. In the meantime, Rocha has moved to the U.S. and begun training at Black House alongside the likes of Anderson Silva, the Nogueira brothers, and Lyoto Machida, while hiring Black House head, Ed Soares, as his manager. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva told ESPN.com today that he is not relinquishing his title to fight exclusively at light heavyweight. Silva's manager, Ed Soares, also denies ever making such an offer to UFC president Dana White. "The way I feel is that the 205 belt is Lyoto Machida's," said Silva, whose words were translated by Soares. "That's my teammate, my brother, my friend; I'm not going to fight Lyoto Machida. So between me and Lyoto, we are going to defend both of those belts. "I'm not going to fight Lyoto. It's not about the money. We're brothers, we are not going to fight. That's how we feel."