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UFC 153 commercial suggests there is no way to approach Anderson Silva (Video)

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin sat down with Stephan Bonnar to give the challenger some advice on facing Anderson Silva at UFC 153 on Saturday in Brazil.

Griffin was knocked out by Silva at UFC 101 in 2009, so he knew what to tell Bonnar. Ready for this hilarious list:

    - Don’t stand with him
    - Don’t try to punch him
    - Don’t kick him
    - Don’t try to submit him
    - Don’t talk any trash

Basically, there is no way to approach Anderson Silva.

For the sake of UFC fans, hopefully Bonnar doesn’t believe that and will actually try some technique to beat the Brazilian.

Aside from the humorous aspect of the ad, Bonnar and Griffin getting together for a commercial is a pretty special occurrence. The two have fought twice, including an epic Fight of the Year battle in The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in 2005.

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Anderson Silva thinks he could fight another six years

Anderson Silva is 37 and has had 36 professional fights, but it sounds like he’s willing to continue fighting for several more years.

In a recent interview with Brazilian newspaper Estadao, Silva said in his native Portugese that he thinks he can fight another six years.

Here’s what he said according to a Google translation:

“I guess you can be more like 6 years fighting. I love what I do, the team that works with me does a fantastic job, never had a serious injury that myself away from competition. So I think I have this little while longer.”

Fans have been under the impression that Silva had a limited amount of fights left before he retires. The way Silva’s talking, he could be the next Randy Couture and still fighting in 2018.

I don’t see it happening. Why should he continue fighting and risk his reputation when he’s already regarded as one of the best ever? Unless he has financial issues, there really is no reason to fight until he’s 43.

Glove touch to Bloody Elbow
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Anderson Silva-GSP fight ‘close’ to happening, likely for Cowboys Stadium

MMA fans may finally get to see a super fight for which they have been clamoring. UFC president Dana White indicated to Ariel Helwani during an interview on Fuel TV Tuesday that Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre are likely to fight in the near future.

“I think we’re pretty close,” said White. “If Georges St-Pierre beats [Carlos] Condit, that could be the next fight.”

St-Pierre is scheduled to fight at UFC 154 on November 17. Silva doesn’t have any fights scheduled.

White indicated that the fight would likely take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“If that fight happens, it will probably happen at Dallas, TX stadium,” said White.

GSP has demonstrated a tremendous amount of respect for Silva in the past and expressed reluctance about facing the Brazilian master. As recently as last March, GSP was worried about facing Silva at 185 pounds. The answer appears to be a fight at a 180-pound catchweight.

“At one point it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170 and take Georges’ welterweight title,” said White. “That was what he was talking at one point. Then it was 180 the catchweight, because Georges doesn’t want to go to 185 — he’s going to stay at ’70. He said if ‘I had to make the move to go to ’85, I’d have to stay at ’85.’ We figured that a 180-pound catchweight makes sense.”

So why would they finally face each other after avoiding the super fight for so long?

“These guys want to fight each other now. If you’re a fighter and you’ve dominated as long as Anderson as, you’ve been great as long as Georges has, you finally say I want to test, you say ‘I think I can beat this guy,” White figured.

As long as GSP doesn’t blow his fight with Condit — which is always a possibility — then this could be the headline event to energize sports fans the way the Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva rematch did. I think Silva would have to be favored in that fight given GSP’s lengthy layoff and unimpressive wins prior to his knee injury.

Thanks to MMA Fighting for the transcriptions. Video of the interview is below:

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Anderson Silva offered to fight at UFC 151 to save card

While Jon Jones‘ reputation is taking a beating, Anderson Silva is only enhancing his. The UFC middleweight champion reportedly contacted UFC president Dana White to offer to take a fight on short notice in order to save the UFC 151 card.

According to MMA Fighting, Silva, through his manager, reached out to White shortly after the UFC announced they were cancelling the entire UFC 151 card because headliner Jon Jones declined a bout with replacement fighter Chael Sonnen.

MMA Fighting reports that “White said he never expected Silva to offer his services and appreciated the offer.”

Silva’s offer to take a fight to save the card came too late as the UFC had already announced the event’s cancellation, but it didn’t come too late to improve his standing within the UFC and with fans.

Silva, the consensus top fighter in the world, is coming off a July 7 win over Chael Sonnen. He doesn’t have a fight scheduled for the rest of the year. Jones is set to face Vitor Belfort on Sept. 22 as his makeup fight.

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Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva? Not happening says Dana White

Nick Diaz said he was done with MMA after losing a unanimous decision to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 in February, but his trainer Cesar Gracie wrote last week that Diaz is looking to return to the sport.

In a posting on his website last Friday, Gracie stated that Diaz wanted to challenge Anderson Silva:

Nick has stated that he would like to take fights “that matter”. Since GSP will be fighting Condit, he has to look elsewhere. He will respectfully ask for a fight with Anderson Silva, a fighter he respects and would like to challenge.

Silva’s camp has been speaking of a fight with GSP, possibly even at a catch weight. Nick will take that fight in a minute but has told me that should Silva decide not to drop at all, he will move up to 185lbs to face the Champ.

Diaz is currently under suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana following the fight (I guess he’s not as good at beating tests as he thinks he is), but he and his team are appealing the year-long suspension.

Whenever he does get cleared to return to the UFC, he won’t be fighting Silva.

“I can tell you this, not theoretically – Diaz/Anderson is not going to happen,” UFC President Dana White told MMA Junkie. “That’s just ridiculous.”

White pointed out that Diaz lost to Condit at 170 pounds, so jumping to 185 to face Silva doesn’t make sense. White also seems to be leaning toward a GSP-Silva fight should he set up a superfight for the Spider. That makes more sense. Diaz is still considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, but he needs to prove it once again by getting a win first.

Jon Jones avoiding Anderson Silva so that they don’t lose endorsements

Jon Jones and Anderson Silva have both made it clear recently that they’re not interested in fighting each other, but Jones recently gave a reason that will make fans sick.

In a phone interview with the LA Times, Jones gave two legitimate reasons for not wanting the fight.

“First of all, I will never go down in weight,” Jones told The Times. “Second, I have no interest in fighting Anderson Silva. He’s a guy I really look up to.”

Both of those reasons were understandable, but it’s what Jones said on ESPN Radio 710 with Max & Marcellus that will disgust those who want to see them fight.

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Anderson Silva, Jon Jones not interested in fighting each other

Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones has become MMA’s version of Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, and much like Pacquiao-Mayweather, this fantasy fight is unlikely to happen.

After Silva took it to Chael Sonnen last weekend, the media began asking Spider if he had interest in facing current UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Silva’s English isn’t that good, but he understood what was being asked and immediately began shaking his head like a young child being asked if he wants to watch a horror movie before bed.

“Nope,” was Silva’s simple response.

Jones expressed similar feelings. He’s scheduled to face Dan Henderson in September and doesn’t envision a matchup with Silva after that.

“First of all, I will never go down in weight,” Jones told The LA Times’ Lance Pugmire. “Second, I have no interest in fighting Anderson Silva. He’s a guy I really look up to.”

Silva is comfortable at 185 and has no interest in moving up. Jones has no interest in moving down, and if he beats Hendo, he should be concentrating on moving up to heavyweight so he can face some real challenges in the octagon.

Fans shouldn’t worry too much; a new superfight will come along that will captivate everyone. After all, it wasn’t long ago when GSP-Anderson Silva was the dream fight, and look at how that turned out.

In a separate issue, Jones expressed similar feelings and said he and Silva have too much to lose.