Originally Posted by rampage9712
So the UFC calls him up and asks him to help save a card... offer for him to fight at LHW, because he might not be in shape 3 weeks out... They should hold that against him?
You're messing this up a bit. Anderson called dana, and offered to fight at 151, anyone at LHW who wasn't training. When that didn't happen, he offered a future fight. That's when dana called him. It wasn't as if dana did this out of the blue. Anderson was actively seeking a fight outside of his MW.
If dana does manage to throw enough money at Georges to get him to bite, that will be two consecutive fights out of the weight class, when it's got more viable contenders than it has in...well, ever.
Couple that with his discussion that he'd be a fool to fight Weidman, and however you spin it, you're still left with a picture of a champion who doesn't want to defend.
Anderson doesnt make the fights... If they ask him to fight at MW and defend his belt, and he doesnt it is a different story... Anderson may complain about fighting certain opponents, but he ends up fighting them, that is what matters.
Regardless, what I want, and what other people seem to be looking for, is simply for Anderson to be enthusiastic about fighting contenders. In addition to his skillset, in addition to his accolades, in addition to the records he has already set and may set in the future; simply being ready, open and willing to fight the best his division has to offer would be a characteristic fitting of such an incredible fighter.
But it's just not going to happen.
It's too bad, really. We're approaching a point where MW's have literally grown up dreaming of facing him, and he's just not showing any interest.
And no, he doesn't have to. There isn't a rule somewhere that he's breaking. It's not part of his job description.
But it would be awesome if it were part of his legend. He'd be even greater than he is now.
Originally Posted by AnchorPunch
Silva is simultaneously saying that he'll fight for another five years but doesn't see himself ever fighting Weidman. Weidman was declared the #1 contender by DW months ago.
He's been doubletalking--and I don't mean soares, I mean Anderson himself--for a while now. People think I hate him because I'm openly critical and I don't drink the love-festival-koolaide his fanboys do, but I'm actually a huge fan. I'm just frustrated, very similar as I was with Fedor, that he's not a complete fighter, that he's lost interest in accepting challenges and threats. If he does accept them, it's begrudgingly, and that's unfortunate.