Anderson Silva: “I’m Sure [Vitor Belfort] Wouldn’t Fight me Standing”

Written by Tom Ngo
October 7th, 2009

Although Vitor Belfort has verbally accepted the middleweight title bout on his end, champ Anderson Silva is still waiting for his minor nicks to heal-up before he confirms. However, that hasn’t stopped the 185-pound king from contemplating his potential opponent’s strategy against him.

“I don’t think, I’m sure he wouldn’t fight me standing,” Silva told Sensei SporTV in Brazil. “Nobody would exchange hits with me. To him, it seems illogical for anyone to want to compete with him in stand up. If I went to face someone from jiu-jitsu, I wouldn’t go to the floor.”

“The Spider” was last seen jabbing Forrest Griffin into unconsciousness at UFC 101 this past August. He is currently riding an 11-fight winning streak and is threatening to bolt from the middleweight class if some legit competition doesn’t present itself soon.

However, don’t think that the Brazilian’s next move will automatically be to the UFC’s prized light heavyweight division, where both of his 205-pound contests lasted a total of 4 minutes and 24 seconds.  Silva’s also being pulled in a different direction, one that the 34-year-old can only fend off for so long.

“My family wants me retired, the sooner the better,” Silva explained of his dilemma. “But I don’t know whether I would be happy if I got retired now.”

I, for one, wouldn’t be happy if you retired either, Anderson. At least not without seeing a GSP/Silva scrap before it’s all said and done.

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