Sunday, December 4, 2022

Anderson Silva Says He Has No Desire To Fight Light Heavyweight

Anderson Silva just can't seem to make up his mind. Despite being uninterested with his past few challenges at middleweight, the champ moved up to light heavyweight to fight in that division but it now appears he's not really interested in that either:

“Sometimes, I see Renato “Babalu” [Sobral], and [Fabricio] Werdum always helps, too. Besides them, Mario [Miranda] and [Mark] Munoz are always looking to help me, Lyoto [Machida] and his brother, Chinzo, are also here to train. Everyone's helping.”

“I think going up to fight for the title at 205 pounds is very unlikely at the moment. Shogun is the champion. We've trained together and been on the same team. I find it hard to believe it will happen, but I'm speaking for myself. The group to which I belong also has Lyoto and [Antonio] Rogerio Nogueira in that category, so it's not interesting. Even if I had the extra weight, I have no desire to fight at 205. If there are other opportunities in that class, I'd fight, but I have no desire for the belt. There are other fighters who deserve the chance. Take Lyoto, for example.”

“I'm focused on my goal, which is keeping my belt and reaching our team goals. I want to keep my belt for years to come and perhaps until the end of my career.”

“There was a time when many people pestered me to stop [fighting], my children, my friends, Ed [Soares], among others. The truth is people want me to stop, but I'll stop a lot of people before anyone stops me.”