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Silva-Leites Middleweight Title Fight Not Certain for UFC 97

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Although Thales Leites himself has said that he has signed a contract to challenge Anderson Silva for his UFC middleweight title when the organization returns to Montreal, Quebec, Canada for UFC 97 on April 18, UFC President Dana White has been hesitant to confirm the rumored bout.

When asked if the Silva-Leites matchup would serve as the main event for UFC 97 at the post-fight press conference for UFC 92 early Sunday morning, White only stated that the fight would “probably” headline the show.

Leites told on December 23 that he had signed to fight Silva and was very much looking forward to the bout, citing that a fight against Silva would require a strategic training camp and game plan going into the bout.

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Anderson Silva Unlikely to Headline UFC 95 in England

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Despite what recent rumors have suggested, reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is now unlikely to headline the UFC’s next foray overseas - a yet-to-be-announced show at the O2 Arena in London, England on February 21.

Both MMA Junkie and Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer are reporting that Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, has informed the UFC that his client would rather prefer that his next fight take place in April and in the 205 lb. weight class: (Comments below are from MMA Junkie’s report)

“With our timing and our scheduling, it just makes more sense to come back [in April],” Soares said. “As of right now, nothing has been 100 percent decided yet. It looks like we’re looking to fight in April. We don’t know what can happen, but as of right now, I think we’re going to be fighting in April. It’s not decided yet, but we’d be interested in doing a 205-pound fight.”

Silva’s decision to fight in April instead creates a problem for the UFC, who were likely penciling in the Brazilian to serve as the show’s featured attraction. Both Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell are currently sitting on the sidelines, and may or may not be matched up together depending on who you listen to, but either could probably be enticed to step up on somewhat short notice to fill in for the main event slot with a large payday.

Leites Under Consideration for Title Shot Against Silva

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Streaking grappling ace Thales Leites, winner of his last five fights, is said to currently be on a short list of potential contenders that could receive a shot at Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title at some point next year.

UFC President Dana White reportedly made the revelation at a question-and-answer session between himself and select fans that took place prior to the weigh-ins for the UFC’s “Fights for the Troops” event in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

According to White and UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva’s remarks, Leites remains at the top of a list that includes multiple fighters that are under consideration to possibly face Silva when he makes his next middleweight title defense. Silva is currently rumored to be next competing at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event in London, England in February.

Leites, who most recently scored a first-round submission of Drew McFedries at UFC 90, has won his last five UFC fights since dropping an unanimous decision to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut two years ago. Leites picked up the biggest win of his career in June when he earned a razor-close split decision over former middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt.

Chael Sonnen: “I’m Fighting Anderson Silva”

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Take it with a grain of salt, but Chael Sonnen has told that he will be moving to the UFC after the WEC does away with it’s middleweight divison at the end of this year. Not only that, but he says that he’s fighting Anderson Silva:

You are one of the best fighters in the WEC. Are you thinking of heading to the UFC?

Truth is, after this fight I’m going to the UFC.

Do you have an idea who your first opponent in the UFC will be?

Once I’m in the UFC, my first adversary will be Anderson Silva.

Really? Has that been confirmed?

Yes, it’s confirmed. Once I’m in the UFC I’ll fight Anderson Silva. I think he’s a great fighter, but I’m only going to start thinking about that after my fight with Paulo Filho. If you want to ask me about it after tonight, I’ll be happy to answer.

Obviously the interview took place before Sonnen fought Filho for the second time last week, so it’s possible that some deal could have been worked out if Sonnen beat Filho, which he did. Still, if the UFC wants to do away with the claims that Silva is bored with his opponents these days, matching him up against freaking Chael Sonnen of all people isn’t going to help things. Silva will eat him alive.

UFC 90 Post-Fight Videos

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UFC 90: Silva vs Cote Quick Results

Anderson Silva def. Patrick Cote - TKO
Thiago Alves def. Josh Koscheck - Unanimous Decision
Gray Maynard def. Rich Clementi - Unanimous Decision
Junior dos Santos def. Fabricio Werdum - KO
Sean Sherk def. Tyson Griffin - Unanimous Decision
Thales Leites def. Drew McFedries - Submission (rear naked choke)
Spencer Fisher def. Shannon Gugerty - Submission (triangle choke)
Dan Miller def. Matt Horwich - Unanimous Decision
Hermes Franca def. Marcus Aurelio - Unanimous Decision
Pete Sell def. Josh Burkman - Unanimous Decision

UFC 90: Silva vs Cote Weigh-In Results

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The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote event, which takes place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, are below. All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Josh Burkman, who weighed-in two pounds over the welterweight limit. He will be given one hour to shed the extra weight.

UFC 90 is headlined by reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against heavy-handed contender Patrick Cote. Rising welterweight sensation Thiago Alves will look to continue his winning ways against replacement opponent Josh Koscheck in the co-main event.

Main Card:

Anderson Silva (184 lbs) vs. Patrick Cote (183 lbs)
Josh Koscheck (170 lbs) vs. Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Fabricio Werdum (256 lbs) vs. Junior dos Santos (234 lbs)
Sean Sherk (156 lbs) vs. Tyson Griffin (155 lbs)
Rich Clementi (156 lbs) vs. Gray Maynard (155 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Thales Leites (186 lbs) vs. Drew McFedries (186 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)
Dan Miller (185 lbs) vs. Matt Horwich (186 lbs)
Hermes Franca (156 lbs) vs. Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs)
Josh Burkman (173 lbs) vs. Pete Sell (170 lbs)

Silva Ready to Defend Against Cote

In the above video, reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva discusses his upcoming title defense against Patrick Cote at UFC 90, which takes place tomorrow night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

UFC 90 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video

Here’s video from yesterday’s pre-fight press conference for UFC 90, which takes place Saturday night at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. In the above clip, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his challenger, Patrick Cote discuss their main event showdown. After the jump, Josh Koscheck and Thiago Alves touch on their anticipated welterweight matchup on the undercard.

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More on Anderson Silva’s Retirement Plans

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Whether we like it or not, it seems that Anderson Silva is intent on retiring when he turns 35-years-old in 2010, at least according to what his manager, Ed Soares, is saying these days.

From MMA Weekly:

“Even before Anderson came into the UFC his goal has always been to retire at the age of 35,” Soares stated. “He’s actually talking about it much sooner than all of us would have liked, but the reality of it is that his goal it to retire at 35. He’s got 18 months before he turns 35 and it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to retire right when he turns 35, that it would just be his goal.”


“He’s still got six fights left on his contract, the first of the six being against Patrick Cote, so I think that he’s just talking about it, but at the end of the day I know for sure he’s going to be fighting six fights in the UFC,” said Soares. “He’s talking about it, but I don’t think he’s very perceptive on how this is coming across to the media.”

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