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The title-pursuit of Anderson Silva remains a seemingly ever-changing feel.

Some interviews, Silva says he has no desire to ever wear the UFC middleweight belt again. In others, it is all he talks about.

Recently, Silva interviewed by his manager Jorge Guimaraes on Passando a Guarda and talked about getting himself back into the role of a title contender after facing Nick Diaz in January at UFC 183.

“I think about fighting for the title again, of course,” Silva said (thanks to for transcribing). “I have seven fights left in my contract and, if I have a chance to fight for the title again, I will fight. I will fight the fights I have left in my contract and, if I earn a chance to fight for the title one day, against (Chris Weidman) or not – not being a friend or a training partner – I will be happy.”

Weidman has scored two straight finishes of Silva, earning the title the first time and successfully defending it last December. In that meeting, “The Spider” suffered a gruesome broken leg that has left him sidelined and recovery since.

Many believed the loss to Weidman would mark an end to Silva’s fighting career, but the Brazilian sounds enthused to be competing once again.

“I’m really excited. It’s my comeback, I have to be excited,” he said. “I’m training a lot, really happy with everything that is happening.

“Nick Diaz is a tough guy. He fights really well, has a great physical condition and a great technique, so it’s going to be a nice fight. If Nick does a clean fight, if he fights standing without stalling, we’ll do a spectacular fight. Nick has great boxing and it’s going to be a fantastic fight. Every UFC fan will like it.”

ronaldo souza

Josuel Distak, a trainer for Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, wants to see his fighter in action sooner rather than later.

And with Souza stating he believes he should be the next contender to the UFC middleweight title, that might have to happen at a different weight class – unless he wants to put his ranking on the line. Current champion, Chris Weidman, is expected to meet Vitor Belfort next year.

Distak is fine with that, as he recently told Sherdog he feels a meeting Dan Henderson at 205 pounds would make for an ideal fight in early 2015 for the former champion.

“I would love to see him facing Henderson in Feburary, on the same card that Belfort will face Weidman,” Distak said. “Henderson is a legend and the fans would love to see that matchup.

“I believe Jacare already proved that he deserves a shot at the middleweight title. I like the idea of putting Jacare in a special light heavyweight fight. I truly believe that, with the exception of Rafael ‘Feijao’ and Rogerio ‘Minotouro,’ Jacare can fight anyone in that division.”

Souza (21-3) recently won his seventh straight when he submitted Gegard Mousasi this past September. He is 4-0 since coming over from Strikeforce to the UFC, including wins over Francis Carmont, Yushin Okami and Chris Camozzi. His last loss came in 2011 to Luke Rockhold for the Strikeforce title.

Henderson hasn’t fought since a loss early this year to Daniel Cormier, and has stated plans to compete again next year.

ufc fight night 54

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine.

Tonight’s card comes to us live from the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

In early prelim action:

Pedro Munhoz def. Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) at :39 of Round 1

Albert Tumenov def. Matt Dwyer via TKO (strikes) at 1:03 of Round 1

Chris Kelades def. Patrick Holohan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Paul Felder def. Jason Saggo via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Jake Lindsey via submission (inverted triangle choke) at 3:22 of Round 2

Daron Cruickshank def. Anthony Njokuani via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)


Mitch Gagnon vs. Roman Salazar

We begin the main card with bantamweights Mitch Gagnon (11-2) and Roman Salazar (9-2).

Round 1: Gagnon quickly takes the center of the Octagon and works for a takedown after eating a body kick. Gagnon lands a nice left before they separate. Another combo from Gagnon and that leads to Salazar attempting a takedown. He’s denied, they reverse and Gagnon picks him and scores with a takedown. He transitions immediately to the back, has both hooks in and is attempting to secure the rear-naked choke. They drop to the ground and this one is over.

Mitch Gagnon def. Roman Salazar via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:06 of Round 1

ufc fight night 53

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 53: Nelson vs. Story.

The event takes place from the Ericcson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, and airs entirely on UFC Fight Pass.

In early prelim action:

Zubaira Tukhugov def. Ernest Chavez via TKO (strikes) at 4:21 of Round 1

Mairbek Taisumov def. Marcin Bandel via TKO (strikes) at 1:01 of Round 1

Krzystof Jotko def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)

Cathal Pendred def. Gasan Umalatov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Dennis Siver def. Charles Rosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Nico Musoke def. Alexander Yakovlev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Magnus Cedenblad def. Scott Askham via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson

We begin the main card with a pair of featherweights, as Niklas Backstrom (8-0) looks to give the Swedish fans something to cheer about against Mike Wilkinson (8-1).

Round 1: Wilkinson tries for a quick takedown, attempting to negate the reach advantage of Backstrom, but is easily denied. Backstrom catches the clinch and lands a nasty knee, but Wilkinson comes back with a straight jab and this one is all over. Backstrom goes out and Wilkinson follows up with a few shots, but this one was already over. A stunning knockout for the England fighter. He ate a stiff kick and landed a right that floored the previously-unbeaten Backstrom.

Mike Wilkinson def. Niklas Backstrom via KO (strike) at 1:19 of Round 1

Conor McGregor

The incredibly talented Tracy Lee of Combat Lifestyle was on-hand in Las Vegas this past weekend for UFC 178.

And, thanks to her access, Lee caught the aftermath of Conor McGregor’s win over Dustin Poirier.

The five-minute vido below includes fans going wild in the lobby with Irish flags everywhere. McGregor shows up later during an after-party, still rocking his “ivory” suit.

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