I hate it when fighters hum and haw over taking fights. I think maybe you do to? It’s been happening a fuckton of a lot lately and it’s really starting to yam my potatoes. But Anderson Silva’s manager puts it into terms I think we all agree sound reasonable:
“I mean, you know what? There’s a lot of things going on. I mean as far as competitors. I think all of them, I look at Anderson’s career and I just want Anderson being involved in the biggest fights possible. Unfortunately, in the middleweight division right now, it’s kind of a little bit murky in that area because the guys who are out there earning their shots aren’t very potentially big fights. There’s just not a huge amount of fights right now. So I think we need the dust to settle a little bit, let Anderson let his body rest. He’s not a young guy anymore, he’s 37 years old and he wants to take some time between his fights. At the end of the day whoever the UFC puts in front of us, we’ve never turned down a fight. Not only Anderson but none of our fighters have ever turned down a fight. Whoever the UFC deems is best then we’ll go ahead and take it. We’ll cross that bridge when it comes.”
“We’ve been cajoled, dragged, and forced kicking and screaming into fights, but we’ve never actually turned one down.” Fair enough. And after a string of questionable challengers like Irvin, Cote, and Leites, can you really blame Silva’s camp for being a little choosy?