Anderson Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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.