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Anderson: Fight at 170lbs is impossible

Anderson: Fight at 170lbs is impossible
February 28th 2013

The subject of Anderson Silva's next bout is one of the most speculated in mixed martial arts today.

UFC president Dana White spoke again about a potential fight among The Spider and light heavyweight Jon Jones and Chris Weidman is on the stand-by list to face the middleweight champion. But the Brazilian still says that there’s nothing confirmed.

"We still haven't talked, there is not certain yet, I don't know anything. Of course, as a Brazilian, I would like the fight to happen in Brazil, and the kid (Weidman) said he would accept to fight in Brazil but there is nothing set," he tells VEJA.

Another subject of MMA fans is the challenge between Silva and welterweight champion Georges Saint Pierre. Anderson commented this fight will take place only at catchweight because he wouldn't perform at high level if he dropped to 170-lbs.

"I had a talk with my whole team, my nutritionist, doctor... dropping to welterweight is not viable. If this fight with St-Pierre would happen, I think it would have to be at catchweight, around 81kg, 82kg, something good for both of us. I can't make 77kg and fight with quality."

This directly contradicts a statement Dana White made to Fighters Only in London, England several weeks ago when he expressed the belief that Silva would indeed be able to fight St. Pierre at the welterweight limit.

The middleweight kingpin revealed the wish of fighting for more five years and when asked about whom he would grant a revenge match to, of any former opponents, he selected the former champion Rich Franklin, from who he took the belt in 2006.

"If I were to give a revenge for somebody, I would give it to Rich Franklin because he was the guy who gave me the chance to fight when he was the champion. Maybe it could be a farewell fight. I owe it to him."

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