Silva manager likes third fight with Franklin, but GSP leading candidate for UFC champ

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FastKnockout
7/27/12 5:34:12PM
There's a line of middleweights waiting to fight champ Anderson Silva.

The tough part may be rousing Silva's interest in fighting them.

"At the end of the day, it's difficult to find an opponent that can fight Anderson," manager Ed Soares told MMAjunkie.com. "There's not a ton of them out there."

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prophecy033
7/27/12 5:41:14PM
I'm not real interested in either fight actually
Budgellism
7/27/12 5:45:53PM
Why would a third fight with Franklin happen? Does anyone have any interest in that? I personally don't.

And I've said this before but GSP has some serious catching up to do with the Welterweight division. Condit and Kampmann/Hendricks need to happen before a Silva fight. Not to mention the fight has lost a lot of appeal from when it was first brought up several years ago. I feel like GSP doesn't want that fight either. He comes off that way in past interviews. He has a good thing going at Welterweight and there are still interesting fights there for him. He doesn't need the Silva fight and neither do I.
SmileR
7/27/12 5:55:46PM
So basically Soares wants the fights that Silva has the greatest chance of winning. Theres a shock!
Silva was as big as Forrest at LHW and even if he did get down to WW he'd have and obscene size advantage. Why not call out Jones or even Rashad?

Something about Soares annoys me. He's the Frank Warren of the mma world!
Poor_Franklin
7/27/12 7:43:42PM
im getting depressed lately.

1st they are threatening to make my boy Shogun go in there w/ Jones again, which i do not want to see right now. Then they are talking about a 3rd rich franklin fight w/ anderson, which i REALLY dont want to see.

ARE THEY TRYING TO MAKE ME QUIT WATCHING!?!!?!!?
JLS1980
7/27/12 7:52:56PM
There's still a few good fights for Silva at MW. Weidman IMO is the obvious choice. I'd rather see Vitor Belfort vs Silva II than Franklin vs Silva III. And if Belcher gets past Belfort that would be another option.

So let me get this straight the leading candidate for Silva is GSP, whose a WW? Hmm. GSP doesn't fight til November against Condit and more than likely providing he wins he'll be fighting the Kampmann/Hendricks winner. And even though Nick Diaz is serving his 1 year suspension and is uncertain about his MMA future, I believe that match could potentially take place sometime towards the middle of 2013. That would be a huge draw and I'm pretty sure nobody will complain about GSP vs Nick Diaz.

There's a guy by the name of Jon Jones that Silva could put a Superfight on with but I don't think he's interested in that one.
tcunningham
7/27/12 7:55:23PM

Posted by prophecy033

I'm not real interested in either fight actually



me neither. silva needs to fight whoever the next contender is and not bitch about. he's the champ, he cant be champ forever, sooner or later he will fall victim to some new badass and then he can have his 3rd fight with franklin before retirement.
Aether
7/27/12 8:11:12PM
Franklin, Silva 3? lol, get real. Every time I see one of these interviews from Silva's camp I just laugh and shake my head. What planet are these guys living on? Silva vs Weidman would be a joke, but you want to set up Franklin vs Silva 3 when the first 2 fights were lopsided beatdowns and the guy hasn't even been in your division for like 4 years???

What... the hell.... are you talking about?

I get that it's in their best interest to try to get their fighter set up in matches where he has the best chance of winning, but if this is the best you can do to convince us that Silva shouldn't be fighting Weidman, offering Franklin as an alternative, you're really bad at your job.

"Franklin has only ever lost to Anderson Silva at 185."

ok.... And Weidman has lost toooooo who again?

Every time I see this guy talk, nothing but stupidity and bullshit comes out of his mouth.
crushedbacon
7/27/12 8:32:28PM
What's wrong with Ed Soares? The part I like is when he acknowledges Weidman's impressive 9-0 record, then goes on to say because Anderson has twice as many wins as him, that doesn't make him a contender. WTF? He follows that up with this statement.

I think [Silva would] be interested in fighting Franklin again, just simply because he respects Rich a lot, and he feels that Rich was the guy that gave him the opportunity to fight for the belt.

So take that lesson and apply it to the current situation, Ed.
VILLIN
7/27/12 8:59:45PM

Posted by JLS1980

There's a guy by the name of Jon Jones that Silva could put a Superfight on with but I don't think he's interested in that one.



Of course not, Jones has too many advantages over him. It is much less risky to fight a guy who is much smaller, in a lower weight class, hasn't fought in over a year and has a full schedule when he does return.

I've got nothing but respect for Anderson's ability but his hesitation to push himself really leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I'd have more respect for him even if he lost while challenging himself than I do now with his cautious approach.
george112
7/27/12 9:04:11PM
Franklin!?!?!


Damn......I have a feeling this is going to happen...guaranteed win for Silva. Just the kind he looks for
Aether
7/27/12 9:24:38PM
I was pretty sure that his camp stated they were not interested in a fight with GSP numerous times while he was healthy. Correct me if I'm wrong on that, but pretty strange that they would choose this time (when he's been out for over a year with a potentially career-ending injury) to change their mind.
Kpro
7/27/12 9:28:45PM

Posted by Aether

I was pretty sure that his camp stated they were not interested in a fight with GSP numerous times while he was healthy. Correct me if I'm wrong on that, but pretty strange that they would choose this time (when he's been out for over a year with a potentially career-ending injury) to change their mind.



Not only that but from the other side, GSP has repeatedly said it doesn't interest him unless he ever makes the move permanently to 185 in the future. If he does, he said he'll take at least a year to properly build his body for the division before taking a fight, which is obviously the smart way to do it. It's really just a pipe dream superfight and there's no reason for Silva's camp to make news with something they know won't happen.
bjj1605
7/28/12 1:02:49AM
GSP makes sense. Two of the greatest champs in UFC history and both guys are close to cleaning out there divisions.

I'm scratching my head at the mention of Franklin vs Silva 3 though....



At the people saying Anderson is to big for GSP but Jones and Anderson would be just fine. Whats the difference?
FlashyG
7/28/12 1:42:22AM

Posted by bjj1605


At the people saying Anderson is to big for GSP but Jones and Anderson would be just fine. Whats the difference?



Anderson has fought twice at LHW already and is 2-0 at the weight, that alone makes me think him vs Jones is a better fight than vs GSP who has never fought above WW.

I think the only reason Soares wants the GSP fight is that Sliva is far more likely to win it.
Sir_Karl
7/28/12 1:47:32AM
Silva wants to fight easy fights against GSP and Franklin under the guise that they are superfights or respectable fights but feels that the deserving guys who have worked their way up the ladder through hard work and winning fights are a "joke". Silva is the joke. He needs to get off his high horse and fight the contenders and if he wants a superfight he needs to grow some balls and move up to LHW and face Jones in the biggest superfight in the history of MMA. Silva can say whatever he wants but all I hear is clucking.
supatolacyl
7/28/12 8:02:32AM
I'd like to see GSP/Anderson, but a little further down the road GSP will have been out for a year by the time he gets back and in his absence several new challenges have presented themselves. Assuming he continues to retain his title, he should have atleast a years worth of fights at WW. If Anderson wants a SUPERFIGHT and would rather go down in weight to fight instead of up, I Personaly would rather see Anderson fight Nick Diaz. Now I Think that would be a serious scrap, Anderson wouldn't pull a "JACKSON" side steppin, running dance to get away from Diaz and weather you love or hate Nick you know he always shows up to put it on somebody. This is as interesting of a fight as there is at MW right now and Silva wants only big names, there are only a few that have more clout to thier names then Diaz.
airkerma
7/28/12 1:11:25PM

Posted by VILLIN


Posted by JLS1980

There's a guy by the name of Jon Jones that Silva could put a Superfight on with but I don't think he's interested in that one.



Of course not, Jones has too many advantages over him. It is much less risky to fight a guy who is much smaller, in a lower weight class, hasn't fought in over a year and has a full schedule when he does return.

I've got nothing but respect for Anderson's ability but his hesitation to push himself really leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I'd have more respect for him even if he lost while challenging himself than I do now with his cautious approach.


Careful there, I'm no fan of Soares, but Jones is equally guilty. He has already stated he doesn't want to fight Silva. I'm sounding like a nuthugger, but this truly isn't all on Silva, both parties have said they have no interest in the fight.
bjj1605
7/28/12 2:45:33PM

Posted by FlashyG


Posted by bjj1605


At the people saying Anderson is to big for GSP but Jones and Anderson would be just fine. Whats the difference?



Anderson has fought twice at LHW already and is 2-0 at the weight, that alone makes me think him vs Jones is a better fight than vs GSP who has never fought above WW.

I think the only reason Soares wants the GSP fight is that Sliva is far more likely to win it.



Anderson has also fought at WW in the past. Jon Jones could easily fight at HW and not even be undersized.

IMO Anderson and GSP are closer in size than Anderson and Jon Jones.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see Anderson fight Jones (although neither of them want it) but it's just hypocritical to say that Anderson is to big for GSP but Jones isn't to big for Anderson. The reach is actually much closer between Anderson and GSP.

Anderson Silva: 6'2. 185lbs. 77.6 in reach.

GSP: 170lbs. 5'10. 76in reach.

Jon Jones: 205lbs. 6'4. 84.5in reach.
FlashyG
7/28/12 5:33:35PM
Anderson has been at Middleweight for almost a decade now, and has fought at LHW far more recently.

He was also up against one of the bigger UFC LHW's in Forrest and made him look like an amateur.

St. Pierre reportedly walks around at roughly 190lbs, Silva anywhere from 220 to 230.

The reach is much closer between Anderson and Georges, but as far as body size IMO Silva is able to move up a weight class far easier than GSP.
lll-lll
7/28/12 5:45:09PM

Posted by prophecy033

I'm not real interested in either fight actually




I agree! Id rather see Franklin 3, and I really dont want to ssee it either. Id go Weidman next. Soares needs to can it.
lll-lll
7/28/12 5:47:04PM
I do not get how Anderson's people claim there is no need for super fights and they want to stay at 185 when Jones is mentioned, but now say GSP top target.


Why do I have a feeling that by the time hsi career is over Ill hate Anderson. I really have not liked his attitude for a while now. At one time I really liekd watching the guy and thought he was very respectable. Now I question all of that.
meier
7/28/12 6:26:27PM
Sinosic vs anderson silva
prophecy033
7/28/12 6:55:18PM

Posted by meier

Sinosic vs anderson silva

Sinosic would get beat down by a potato chip
meier
7/29/12 7:49:06AM

Posted by prophecy033


Posted by meier

Sinosic vs anderson silva

Sinosic would get beat down by a potato chip

LightsOUT23
7/29/12 5:23:41PM
IMO Silva still has two or three contenders left to face in the MW Division before any other rematches or different weight classes. Weidman needs to fight Boetsch, the Winner of that fight is Anderson Silva's next test. Boetsch has earn't my respect taking on Okami and Lombard. Weidman is the quickest rising star, should fight Boetsch for number one spot. Bisping and Stann are 2 - 3 fights away. Had Bisping been put in there with Boetsch or Weidman, then he'd have a case, fighting Stann puts him out of contention IMO. Same with Belfort taking on Belcher. Belfort is taking a step back. Franklin is no where near a third crack at Silva, i don't know why Silva's camp can be calling for him in a serious manner. Boetsch/Weidman winner deserves the next one. Sonnen needs to fight maybe Palharres or Lombard next.
MMA-San
7/30/12 1:01:19AM
Who cares if Silva wants to fight them or not. He's the champ, he's not alloud to refuse, if he refuses he's striped, end of story.

If you are anyone else but the champ I can see an argument in refusing matchups, but as the Champ you get no say...you fight whoever the promotion says you fight...the end.