You can remove Rashad Evans from the Anderson Silva sweepstakes. The light heavyweight fighter fired up MMA fans by tweeting he ‘wanted 2 pick a fight lol’ with Andy, but alas:
“He has no plans to drop to 185,” manager Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) via text.
“He is just saying he’s not afraid to fight anyone,” Robinson wrote.
This is really too bad because who else is there right now? We’re back to a list of guys who may be top of the middleweight pile but don’t really pose an obvious threat to The Spider. Mark Munoz is a wrestler who isn’t likely to make the same stupid mistakes as Chael Sonnen, and Michael Bisping is trying to talk his way into a title shot, but neither offers much in the way of a credible challenge.
And then there’s Jon Jones. Lemme preface this by saying I know now is not the time for Jones and Silva to fight – there’s a right way and a wrong way to superfight it up and rushing Jones in before he has a few more transcendent performances of his own is just silly. But check out his reasoning and tell me it doesn’t make you puke a little in your mouth:
“It’s not that he won’t fight me or I won’t fight him. To be dead honest, it’s that we both have a lot to lose and we both respect each other a lot and we both are striving for personal greatness. I don’t want to crack on his greatness and I don’t want him cracking on my greatness.
“We’re in completely different weight classes. We both have sponsor deals and things that are really important to us and a big part of that sponsorship package is being a winning-being a champion. Having us fight each other means one of our championships goes away.
“I respect Anderson Silva so much that I don’t want to be the guy to beat him. I don’t want to lose to him either. It’s a lose-lose situation for me.”
Something tells me we’re going to be hearing a lot more of this kind of sh*t from fighters down the road. Yay, success!