Soares: Anderson Silva "doesn't feel" Chael Sonnen deserves a rematchPosted on October 21, 2011, 07:09 AM by Anton Gurevich
Anderson Silva's manager, Ed Soares, added more fuel to the Silva vs. Sonnen II fire, revaling that his client "doesn't feel like" the People's Champ Chael P. Sonnen deserves a second shot at the UFC Middleweight title.
Previously in the series, Chael Sonnen epically called out Anderson Silva for a rematch at the Superbowl Weekend, adding that he woud leave the Ultimate Fighting Championship forever if "The Spider" is victorious. Sonnen later on claimed he knows Anderson Silva would never accept his challenge, and that the only way to make it happen is if Dana White gives a direct order to Silva and his management.
In an interview with Sherdog.com, Ed Soares seems to share the same idea:
“Anderson just feels that he doesn’t deserve it yet. He doesn’t deserve it yet. … A lot of people are interested in the fight. It’s a big fight. Anderson’s not ducking him. Anderson, right now, is focused on recouping his shoulder, and basically he’s going through physical therapy on that just to get that back 100 percent.
But you know what? Whoever Dana [White] puts in front of us, for the most part, we’re always going to take the fight. [Anderson has] never dodged any fights. It’s really not up to us to determine. … I’m not saying that’s who we want or who we don’t want. People ask my opinion, and I see what Anderson’s saying. He’s fought him once. He had his opportunity, but hey, if Dana wants to put the fight on again, we’ll cross that bridge when it comes.”
Michael Bisping's name was also brought up in the conversation, of course if he beats the TUF 14 arch-nemesis Jason "Mayhem" Miller. However, Soares admitted he never thought about "The Count" as a potential challenger for Anderson Silva:
“I’ll be honest with you: I never even really thought of Bisping too much. Not that I didn’t respect him as a fighter -- I do. It was just that it didn’t cross my mind because there’s so many things happening all the time. People talk about Chael and Brian Stann, and sometimes people are focused on the TUF show. But I think Bisping could be a good opportunity. GSP could be a good opportunity. There’s a lot of great opportunities, and I do think the Chael fight could potentially sell. It could be a big seller. I think it could be a huge pay-per-view. So I see all angles of it, but I’m just expressing what Anderson has talked to me about. That’s how he feels.”
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