“Nothing From Dana White Shocks Me Anymore”- Anderson Silva Says He Wants To Fight a UFC Hall of Famer but Dana White Won’t Allow It

Published 09/09/2021, 6:54 AM EDT


Anderson Silva is a former UFC middleweight champion who is now active in the boxing circuit. Ahead of his return to the ring, ‘The Spider’ commented on his relationship with UFC President Dana White and a future boxing fight with Georges St-Pierre on the first episode of MMA Fighting‘s first-ever Portuguese-language podcast Trocaçao Franca.

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When asked if he would like to fight Georges St-Pierre, Silva stated, “It’s a possibility.” Georges St-Pierre is a guy that deserves all respect. Not only him but all fighters. Vitor [Belfort], Tito [Ortiz], [Oscar] De La Hoya — they are legends. And I think it would be an interesting fight, but we need the almighty to stop being annoying and let the guy move on.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 30: Anderson Silva of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Though not clear on who the almighty is, it could be Silva referring to Dana White, who supposedly denied ‘Rush’ the permission to fight in a boxing match.

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Silva continued, “Nothing from Dana shocks me, brother. I would like [Dana White] to free him [St Pierre from his contract]. He’s in shape to continue fighting, there’s no reason why you would keep him stuck [there] just for ego. It’s ridiculous. That’s my opinion, it’s ridiculous. Let the guy go.” 

If Dana White lets go of St. Pierre’s contract stipulations and permits the fight between these two legends to take place, it would be a dream come true for all MMA fans and would unquestionably be a historical match-up. However, for now, Silva will box another ex-MMA athlete.

Anderson Silva’s upcoming fight

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‘The Spider’ disclosed his retirement plans in a recent interview with TMZ, saying, Maybe I can fight more, but right now my goal is when I turn 49, I stop fighting.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: (L-R) Anderson Silva of Brazil and Uriah Hall of Jamaica trade punches in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

As he is 46 now, he just has a few years left in competition if he wants to stop fighting at 49. Hence, he is making the most of his time and will fight Tito Ortiz this weekend. The duo will compete on the undercard of Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort.

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This will be his second boxing bout of 2021. Earlier this year, he shared the ring with Julio Cesar Chavez. Given his comments, he wants to fight ‘Rush’, but it will depend on two things. First, his performance against ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ and second, Dana White releasing St-Pierre.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this newfound new aspect to help him get closer to the action. As he believes that there is something beautiful in the art of MMA, despite all the violence and chaos, Pranit, in his articles, hopes to capture the essence of the cognitive process behind the fighting, the fighters' mental discipline, and personality which stems from their roots and background.

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