Former PRIDE champ Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) today sounded a bit surprised that British fighter Tom Wason (16-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) called him out, but not the least bit upset.
“More guys talking about me is good,” Silva told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “Talking good or talking bad, but talking about me is good.”
In other words, any publicity is good publicity. Still, it’s not like Silva needs much of that these days. Recently, he delivered a signature performance against Brian Stann that harkened pack to his earlier career in Japan, which, as it happened, was where their fight was held. The two headlined UFC on FUEL TV 8 earlier this month.
Just like in his heyday, Silva buzzed the crowd at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and laid his opponent out after a frenzied exchange of fists. He won performance bonuses for “Knockout of the Night” and “Fight of the Night,” which put an extra $100,000 in his pocket.
So Silva certainly doesn’t need the scratch, and with the capital he’s earned, he could ask for a marquee opponent. Watson, however, is a fine opponent – if the fans and the UFC want it.
“My name is on the list, like Brian Stann is coming as part of the new generation,” he said. “I’m so glad to give the opportunity for any guys in the UFC. If the UFC wants it, why not?”
One potential roadblock, however, is weight. Watson is a natural middleweight, and wants to fight Silva at 185 pounds.
“Yo @wandfc, stay on your supplements at 205, or come back to 185 and get knocked the f— out,” he wrote on Twitter.
Then again, Watson could take a few extra trips to the buffet if Silva gets his wish fight at 195 pounds, which he said is the perfect weight class for his frame. (He previously fought catchweight bouts at 190 and 195 pounds, and faced Stann at 205, which he recently suggested could be a permanent move.)
Whatever they decide, Silva is not going to pull the veteran card and say that Watson isn’t worthy of meeting a man of his achievements.
“I think if the fight is interesting, we need to do, whatever the record,” Silva said. “The public is the boss. If the public wants to see it, we need to do it.”
For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
MMAjunkie.com Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie.com lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.view original article >>
MMA legend Maurice Smith is the second member of the 2017 UFC Hall of Fame class, officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
UFC today announced that former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith has been named to the 2017 UFC Hall of Fame class as a Pioneer. The 2017 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on read news >>
MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Bas Rutten and Stevie Ray.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Bellator MMA today confirmed the main card for its second pay-per-view event while confirming additional bouts for its Spike-televised lead-in, Bellator 180. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>
“The Assassin Baby” is making waves in the UFC’s flyweight division.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Bellator, MMA Rankings, News, UFC read news >>
Why is Chael Sonnen fighting Wanderlei Silva? Oh, let him count the ways.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>
MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest “Big” John McCarthy.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Chael Sonnen has 10 solid reasons why he wants to fight Wandelei Silva. read news >>
Photo by ?Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports? Last year when Zuffa, LLC sold the UFC to Hollywood mega-talent agency WME|IMG for $4 billion—$3,998,000,000 more than Zuffa had paid for it just 15 years earli read news >>
MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Brad Tavares and Daniel Gallemore.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>