Manager: Jones, Weidman not good for Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz is

by Dave Doyle | source: mmafighting.com
 

Anderson Silva's manager, Ed Soares, said at the UFC on FOX 4 open workouts that he doesn't think a bout with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the right fight.

"I don't think it's a good fight," Soares said. "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?"

Money?

"There's money out there regardless," Soares retorted.

"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."

And what about Chris Weidman?

"Because he had an impressive win over Mark Munoz and Maia?" Soares paused and rolled his eyes before adding "Sure."

And what about Nick Diaz, who is under suspension until February?

"Sure, we'll consider anyone the UFC puts in front of us, I don't have a choice," said Soares. "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 (with the suspension), that's a question for Dana and Silva."

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mr1709 site profile image  

8/3/12 3:37 PM by mr1709

anderson is dicktucking plain and simpleDoesnt want to fight jones or weidman. Yet would be ok with franklin 3 and a couple of welterweights. Come on lol thats pathetic. Chael was right guy cares way to much about his "legacy". Be a man fight whoever is put infront of youI think weidman would actualy win. He reminds me of jones before he was champ. A good prospect who kept winning who everyone said was overated and would get owned by top competition. But once matched up just kept on with that tear

DVDragon site profile image  

8/3/12 3:17 PM by DVDragon

You're right, let's have him fight a couple of more top 10 MWs and weed out other possible contenders just so he can make a "name" for himself. Brilliant...

nyhcloyalty site profile image  

8/3/12 11:51 AM by nyhcloyalty

I am so tired of hearing managers try to be match makers. Weidman has the most top 10 wins, and everyone else at MW is busy. Take the fight Anderson, and if you beat him, then we will have a clear number 1 contender by then hopefully. Fucking Soares turning people down left and right, Caesar Gracie saying Diaz deserves a shot at Anderson, this is getting laughable and pathetic. It's not boxing. You prove yourself by fighting.

MattyECB site profile image  

8/3/12 11:49 AM by MattyECB

Just so godamn entitled

MattyECB site profile image  

8/3/12 11:48 AM by MattyECB

Well I'v ebeen fucking sick of Cesar going on about how the UFC should just have Diaz fight elsewhere cus the UFC always ignores the comission. Such bullshit, UFC does not want to start a war with the comission, particularly after Diaz has already inflamed them and done everything to ensure they're furious with him (literal opposite of Overeem). And all of fucking Cesar's shitty examples of precedent were completely different situations. They need to shutup and take thier punishment like men. I don't agree with it, but accept it and stop being trash talking bitches, in the very least don't demand the most lucrative and legendary fight after while mid suspension

SinCityHustler site profile image  

8/2/12 10:08 PM by SinCityHustler

I don't know, how about to solidify his spot as the top contender and actually become marketable for a fight agaisnt Silva?  Nah, that makes no sense, right sunshine?    

Deuce77 site profile image  

8/2/12 7:58 PM by Deuce77

Soares is a self-contradicting asshole. But then again, so is Dana.

DVDragon site profile image  

8/2/12 7:46 PM by DVDragon

Was he offered Vitor? Why would he take Vitor when he's been campaigning for Silva? Irrational, no?

McBottery site profile image  

8/2/12 5:18 PM by McBottery

"The guys who have the potential to take Anderson down are not a good match-up for him... we would prefer to fight someone who will stand flat-footed in front of him"

Bipolar site profile image  

8/2/12 12:52 PM by Bipolar

This is clearly the fight everyone would love to see. And there is no good reason it shouldn't happen. Any and every excuse from Silva for not pushing this fight is simply that; an excuse. Anderson fears he'll lose to Jones and tarnish his legecy. Don't misunderstand; I don't believe he is afraid of Jones, just concerned about his place in history. Same reason he won't fight Weidman. But if he refuses to take on the top contender, he should be stripped of his title. If he wants only 'superfights' at this stage in his career, fine. vacate the title and pick your fights. But if you are going to represent a weight class as its champion, then you are obliged to fight the top contenders. That's the whole point of having divisions and champions. And I don't buy that Jones doesn't want this fight. Jones stated on a couple of occasions that he was open to this. It's possible that Jones changed his mind and is now worried about the finanial consequences of a potential loss to Silva, but I really don't think a loss would effect that much. A loss to perhaps the greatest fighter in MMA history is not going to do much, if any, damage to Jones' marketability, especially given that he is only 24. On the contrary, it's an amazing opportunity for him to face off against a fighter like Silva and test himself. There is hardly a downside for Jones, even in a loss. But as all objective observers know, Silva used the pathetic 'friend' card (as he has with other fighters) to avoid a fight with Jones. It's shameful. Personally, I will never view Anderson as the GOAT unless he shows GOAT guts and steps up to fight Jones. I have far more respect for Hendo than Silva.



 

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