Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has placed 2015 on his mind for a potential return to the Octagon – and that is only a chance.
Silva, who many inside the UFC have been touting for a possible fight yet this year, told Combate that, “This year is over for me.”
Last December, Silva suffered a broken leg while attempting a kick vs. Chris Weidman. He underwent surgery and has posted numerous updates in regards to his conditioning since.
“These rumors that I’ll fight at UFC 181 or any other event around that date aren’t true,” he said. “There’s a chance I’ll fight in the first half of 2015.”
Prior to attempting to win back the title from Weidman, Silva signed a 10-fight deal with the UFC. However, after initially stating plans to fulfill that contract, he is having second thoughts.
“I don’t see myself stopping, but I don’t know if I will fulfill my 10-fight contract,” he said. “My family has been asking me for years to stop fighting.
“They need to understand that this is what I love to do and that I need to have my time. My goal in the sport was to become a reference, and I’m achieving this.”
Silva, who will turn 39 next month, holds the UFC record for most successful title defenses at 10. He also won a UFC-best 16 fights in a row before falling to Weidman last July.
The UFC has released the new poster for UFC 173, featuring Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida in the face paint of their respective countries.
Weidman, the middleweight champion, will meet Machida in May. He was originally set to face Vitor Belfort, before the UFC made the change.
Machida is a former light heavyweight champion, having moved down and earned a shot at the belt.
Below is the current card for the Memorial Day weekend event in Las Vegas:
UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Lyoto Machida
Heavyweight: Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
Lightweight: Jamie Varner vs. James Krause
Bantamweight: Chris Holdsworth vs. Kyung-Ho Kang
Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi
Bantamweight: TJ Dillashaw vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta vs. Mitch Clarke
Lightweight: Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Lightweight: Piotr Hallman vs. Yves Edwards
Lightweight: Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel
Welterweight: Jingliang Li vs. Danny Mitchell
Before they step inside the Octagon this Sunday night for a second time at UFC Fight Night, check out the epic first encounter between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Back in 2011, the two put on what many believe was the “Fight of the Year,” as Henderson scored a decision victory.
Rua, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, will try to even the score this weekend in his native country of Brazil.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is celebrating three years atop the division the only way he knows how.
Jones, who posted that Wednesday marked three years to the day he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to become UFC champion, stated plans to put in a “full day of extreme hard work.”
Jones (19-1) bested Rua at UFC 128 via third round TKO. He has since successfully defended the belt vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Alexander Gustafsson.
Next up for “Bones” will be Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 next month.
Today is my third year anniversary of being the @UFC light heavyweight champion!!! I'll reward myself with a full day of extreme hard work
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 19, 2014
Along with a severe re-shuffling of the welterweight division, Dennis Bermudez was the biggest winner as the latest official UFC rankings were released following UFC 171.
In the welterweight rankings, Johny Hendricks took over the top spot after winning the belt. Robbie Lawler, who he bested in the main event, is now No. 1, followed by Rory MacDonald.
However, the move up by Tyron Woodley is the most impressive yet, as he jumped to No. 4 overall. Also, Hector Lombard worked his way to sixth after besting Jake Shields, who fell five spots.
Bermudez moved to No. 10 at featherweight, climbing past Jeremy Stephens and Darren Elkins. He has won six fights in a row, including a TKO over Jimy Hettes this past weekend.