July 22, 2008
The weekend's action with the huge wins by Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko really has the MMA world buzzing about who is the world's best. Georges St. Pierre and B.J. Penn are certainly in the discussion, they were No. 2 and 3 respectively in the latest Yahoo! Sports MMA Top 10 rankings. GSP's lofty ranking has people dreaming of a Silva fight against the French-Canadian. Silva's manager Ed Soares told Larry Pepe of ProMMARadio that's silly:
"That’s sound great, I think GSP is an incredible fighter. But I think GSP needs to prove himself. He still hasn’t had a successful title defense (at 170 lbs.). I don’t really feel that he deserves (a Silva fight) yet. Go defend your title a few times and then we’ll talk."
Pepe suggested that the probable UFC Middleweight title defense for Silva against Patrick Cote is going to be a tough sell.
"It's going to be an exciting fight. You know Cote isn't going to go to the ground. You know Cote's going to want to stand up and bang. I don't really recall him ever being knocked out. People like to watch people stand-up and go at it. That's what you'll get with putting those guys in the Octagon."
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN TO SOARES TALK SILVA V. COTE (w/Pepe on ProMMARadio.com):
Soares also discussed the future for his light heavyweight title contender Lyoto Machida and what's next for UFC interim heavyweight champ Minotauro Nogueira. Nogueira finished taping the season of The Ultimate Fighter 8 three weeks ago according to Soares, who says the Nogueira-Frank Mir fight would likely come in late-November or December. You can hear the entire Soares interview here.
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