Wanderlei Silva Not U.K. Bound

Written by Tom Ngo
July 23rd, 2009

Despite MMAJunkie.com’s report earlier today, former PrideFC middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva will not be fighting Michael Bisping at UFC 105 on November 14th. Silva’s manager states he has no idea where those rumors started since they have been presented with nothing.

“That fight hasn’t been offered, discussed, or even addressed by and between the UFC and Wanderlei or any member of Wanderlei’s management,” Rob Cardenas told MMAWeekly.com Thursday afternoon.

Word hit the street earlier today that Silva was going to make his UFC middleweight debut against Bisping right in the Brit’s backyard. However, Cardenas professes that his client has taken more than his fair-share of pounding the last few years and isn’t planning a quick return.

“Wanderlei wants to wait until February to fight, and that’s coming from Wanderlei and Alejarra (Silva’s conditioning coach), who I spoke with this morning,” continued Cardenas. “In fact in a recent interview that we just completed, he’d like to fight Dan Henderson next, which he understands isn’t going to happen for a while because Dan is fighting Rich Franklin.”

Silva dropped a controversial unanimous decision to Rich Franklin at UFC 99 last month and the Brazilian has been pushing for a mulligan ever since.  Although a 185-pound scrap with Bisping isn’t gonna happen at UFC 105, it doesn’t mean that it can’t happen somewhere down the line.

“If it happens sometime down the line, maybe it happens,” Cardenas said.

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