July 14, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Luke Rockhold celebrates his win over Tim Kennedy in the middleweight championship fight at MMA Strikeforce at the Rose Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
Stop me if you've heard this one before.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva doesn't think a top contender is worthy of fighting him, and he wants to give his input to his bosses on who his next opponent should be.
It's the same old story, only this time, different names are being used in the conversation, in relation to who should be the next man to get the privilege to grace the Octagon with "The Spider."
FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" broke down the situation, where they reported some comments that were recently made by Anderson Silva's management.
Though it seems as if UFC newcomer Hector Lombard may be next in line for a title shot, if he's able to defeat Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Sat., July 21, 2012, the Silva camp is not excited about "Shango" as a possible opponent:
"One of Anderson Silva's managers said that one of the issues with Hector Lombard is he thinks he needs at least three more impressive wins in the UFC. He said that 85 percent of UFC fans don't even know who Hector Lombard is, who is of course making his Octagon debut on Saturday night."
Check out who else Silva's camp doesn't believe deserves a shot at the belt, as well as the name of an opponent who they actually would consider, after the jump:
Chris Weidman is another prospect that has been bandied about as a possible number one contender, after he summarily dismantled Mark Munoz in their fight at UFC on FUEL TV 4 in San Jose, Calif., on July 11, 2012.
It's a fight that a lot of fans have been calling for, but Silva's management is equally unimpressed with the "All American:"
"As for Chris Weidman, he said, 'Well, there's another great unknown fighter.' He doesn't see those match ups as being money making pay-per-view events."
Finally, Silva's management mentioned the name of a challenger that Silva actually feels would be deserving of a title shot. Unfortunately, it's the name of someone who couldn't fight Silva if he wanted to (and he does).
Convenient, isn't it?
"He did mention Luke Rockhold, who is the Strikeforce middleweight champion. Alas, Rockhold is contractually tied to Strikeforce, so that fight's not happening. We'll have to wait and see, but right now, the Anderson Silva camp not too excited about the options out there."
So who else is even left?
Michael Bisping is expected to face Brian Stann at UFC 152 in Toronto on Sept. 22, 2012. There's an outside chance that the winner of that match-up could end up being named the number one contender, but it's unlikely.
Where do you weigh in on all of this? Are you tired of Silva acting above everyone else? Or has his reign of excellence earned him the right to pick and choose opponents?