Earlier this week, UFC president Dana White stated that there was a likelihood of middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title at UFC 95 against Thales Leites. However, Silva’s manager Ed Soares states that the champion will not be able to make it back in time for the February 21st event at the 02 Arena in London, England.
“With our timing and our scheduling, it just makes more sense to come back [in April],” Soares told MMAJunkie.com.
Silva has not fought since his less than memorable performance against Patrick Cote at UFC 90 in October. Since then, the Brazilian has taken some time to right his MMA game once again.
“As of right now, nothing has been 100 percent decided yet. It looks like we’re looking to fight in April. We don’t know what can happen, but as of right now I think we’re going to be fighting in April,” Soares said.
Soares said that when Silva returns, he would be open to either defending his 185-pound title or taking another fight at the light heavyweight division.
“It’s not decided yet, but we’d be interested in doing a 205-pound fight,” Soares stated.
As of now, the UFC has not scheduled an event for the month of April.