Ed Soares: Anderson Silva is not ducking Chael Sonnen, he just doesn't deserve a rematch

OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Anderson Silva kicks Chael Sonnen during the UFC Middleweight Championship bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

If you've heard Ed Soares say it once, you've heard him say it 100 times -- Chael Sonnen does not deserve a rematch against Anderson Silva.

After pasting Brian Stann at UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas, that's what the Republian ex-Realtor called for in his post-fight interview. He wants it over the Super Bowl weekend in 2012 and based on the way the first fight played out, he deserves it.

Or does he?

Soares argument is simple: if at first you don't succeed, brush yourself off and take your behind to the back of the line, jack. At least, that's what he thinks Sonnen needs to do.

Here's more from "The Spider's" manager (via Sherdog):

"At the end of the day, Dana and the fans decide who they want to see. I think eventually, our opinion is that we don't think Chael should get a shot yet. There's other guys out there. ... I've been hearing a bunch of different people. Let someone try that hasn't fought for the belt yet. Why do we have to keep repeating these fighters? We fought Rich Franklin twice. We'll probably end up having to fight Chael twice. We're going to end up fighting probably Dan Henderson twice. It's just like, it would be nice to see some new faces in there getting a crack at it."

New guys getting a shot sounds all well and good but with the recent lull in pay-per-view buyrates, combined with major injuries to main event level players, there's far too much money to be made by booking a rematch.

And money talks.

Soares knows that as well as anyone and even said as much about his fighter. However, it's not the only thing for Silva to consider. He's made it clear that only four fights remain in his career.

Does he really want to use one on a guy he's already submitted?

UFC President Dana White would be "stupid" on to make the fight, according to the bossman himself, but he could run into some turbulence with his sometimes defiant middleweight champion.

Even if it does happen, it might not be over the Super Bowl weekend, as Sonnen initially proclaimed. From Soares:

"That's really hard to say. I think we're still -- I don't think it's going to happen. It could happen, but we'll just have to cross that bridge when it comes. It could happen, though. We haven't really talked about it yet."

The reality of the situation, whether Soares and Silva like it or not, is that there are very few legitimate challengers left in the 185-pound division that haven't already taken a crack at the pound-for-pound king.

One of them is Michael Bisping but he's booked to battle Jason Miller on Dec. 3. Even if he wins, would that be enough to leapfrog Sonnen to the front of the line?

Something tells me no.

The fans play a big part in who fights who, even if it's Joe Silva and Dana White who ultimately end up pulling the trigger. So let your voice be heard.

Who should Silva fight next? Should it be Sonnen? Or someone else?

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