LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The way Anderson Silva has ruled the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight division since 2006, a break from the routine would seem to be in order.
Silva (33-4) will seek to successfully defend his belt for the 11th consecutive time when he fights unbeaten challenger Chris Weidman (9-0) tonight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. But Silva has been unable to strike a deal with the UFC for a super-fight outside his 185-pound weight class.
For more than two years UFC President Dana White has discussed staging a catch-weight mega-fight between Brazil’s Silva and Canadian welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who has won 11 consecutive fights.
Dominant light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, a Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts team member, has also emerged as a possible Silva foe.
But now, on the eve of Silva-Weidman, with St-Pierre locked into a Nov. 16 title defense against Johny Hendricks and Jones scheduled to fight Alexander Gustafsson on Sept. 21, it’s clear nothing super is happening this year.
White has said the mega-fight could be staged at Cowboys Stadium, a soccer arena in Brazil or even the Los Angeles Coliseum.
“I’m just waiting for the next offer,” Silva said when asked if he’s committed to never fight outside 185 pounds.
“That big, super-fight needs to be made,” White said Friday. “I think we’ll be able to do it with Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. It’s what I want, of course. ”
On tonight’s undercard, Jackson-Winkeljohn’s Cub Swanson (19-5), a featherweight (145 pounds), will face Germany’s Dennis Siver (21-8); and J-W middleweight Tim Kennedy (15-4) fights Brazil native Roger Gracie (6-1).