With his fighting status in limbo, Wanderlei Silva remains hopeful he'll get a chance to settle up with Chael Sonnen in the Octagon.
"I think he retired just for now, I think after finishing his suspension, he's gonna (come) back," Silva told Submission Radio. "I hope this fight is gonna happen."
"I think him and [Vitor] Belfort are just the two good fights that have a reason to happen for me."
The pair were slated to fight Jul. 5 at UFC 175 before they each ran afoul of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Sonnen retired and was subsequently suspended from fighting for two years by the NAC after failing back-to-back drug tests. Silva reportedly fled from a commission official sent to obtain a sample for his own drug test, effectively failing it. Silva appeared before the NAC in June, but no ruling on a punishment was made.
"Yeah this is bad for everyone, bad for him, bad for me, bad for the fans who want so much that fight," said Silva. "But I'm gonna (be) waiting for him."
"He (Chael Sonnen) has just one way to fight, just take down then on the top of the ground. And for me, I try to knock out, you know. I like to fight (in the) stand up and that what was happen. I'm gonna try to knock him out, he would try and hold me the whole round."
With Sonnen booked to headline Metamoris 4 Aug. 9 against Andre Galvao, Silva wouldn't rule out settling to face 'The American Gangster' in the professional grappling promotion.
"Yeah, why not? I never think about that but I think it's a good idea. I accept to do that with him."
5 MUST-READ STORIES
Superfight. Anderson Silva will make his return to face Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Diaz speaks. Nick Diaz sits down to talk re-signing with the UFC, his career aspirations, his time off, fighting for the belt, Anderson Silva, Robbie Lawler, and more.
Signal to noise. Luke Thomas gives us the best and worst of UFC on FOX 12.
Campers. Rashad Evans says he won't fight Anthony Johnson or help Jon Jones prepare for Daniel Cormier, while DC plans on using Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida as potential training partners.
'Serious thought.' Diego Sanchez says he would think about moving down to featherweight to fight Conor McGregor.
Fight Motion from UFC on FOX 12.
Conor McGregor takes the EA Sports UFC fitness test.
Finishes from Inside MMA.
Great story on an Albuquerque teen working through some physical disabilities by training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Free Fight: Ryan Bader vs. Rampage Jackson.
Knuckle Up #407: UFC on Fox 12 Definitely OVER Delivers
Lunch with the GOAT @spideranderson and just got the Diaz fight done!!!! #ufc #superfight http://t.co/AlR208fqr3— Dana White (@danawhite) July 29, 2014
Black House posted this photo of Anderson Silva training earlier today on Facebook. pic.twitter.com/mzMoOwmMCs— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) July 29, 2014
Props to Frankie's camp for announcing fights that aren't even real. Shady management at its finest!— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) July 29, 2014
Enough is Enough @BryanCaraway .... Are you getting Cleared 2make some $ or what partner ???!!— Raphael Assuncao (@RaphaAssuncao) July 29, 2014
@danhardymma I pray your heart gets better dan. But come on man in the mean while don't be jealous of mine!— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) July 29, 2014
@bisping @mmamania @CungLe185 no spitting on opponents corner is classy. Calling the kettle black, tea master.— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) July 30, 2014
"@LukeRockhold: @bisping @mmamania @CungLe185 no spitting on opponents corner is classy. Calling the kettle black, lol bisping has no class— Tim Sylvia (@timsylviamma) July 30, 2014
@bisping win a belt then come talk to me— Tim Sylvia (@timsylviamma) July 30, 2014
"@timsylviamma: @bisping win a belt then come talk to me" ok, and do you recommend I wear it backwards in public?— michael (@bisping) July 30, 2014
@timsylviamma would this be the belt you were stripped of for failing a drug test?— michael (@bisping) July 30, 2014
@bisping I would bet the bank that u never even get to fight for the belt. Let alone ever win it— Tim Sylvia (@timsylviamma) July 30, 2014
Alexander Gustafsson with a quick injury update.
Get well soon.
At my first post-op check up after my surgery and I finally got to see my new scar! The pin in my... http://t.co/uryxmaNows— Jessamyn Duke (@jessamynduke) July 29, 2014
UFC welterweight Joe Riggs shot himself in the hand and thigh while cleaning his pistol, will miss September fight. http://t.co/WgygsmF9Y6— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 29, 2014
Лежа на диване с оперированной ногой приятно видеть как я поднимаюсь в рейтинге, Аллагь всегда поможет... http://t.co/gIAeD40nop— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) July 29, 2014
Representing myself in family court today : ) let's see how my @Onnit #alphabrain helps me drop knowledge on these people— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) July 29, 2014
Screw it. I'm going to take steroids, and/or lose fights so I can get big super fights and/or title fights.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) July 29, 2014
A lot going on at Jackson's.
Announced yesterday (Jul. 29 2014)
Dennis Siver vs. Robert Whiteford at UFC Fight Night: Stockholm
Bobby Green vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC 178
Piotr Hallmann vs. Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2
Dashon Johnson vs. Godofredo Pepey at UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2
Joe Riggs out, Sean Spencer vs. Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski 2
Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva at UFC 183
David Branch vs. Yushin Okami at WSOF 15
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via HerrDannyboy.
Why 2013 Kicked this MMA Fan's @ss Part 7C: July: He took it for granted... Act III - The Climax
This beautiful Saturday marks the first day of our summer vacation and what better way to kick things off with good friends, good fights and a couple of party favors.
Afternoon turns into evening and the troops are fed, everyone has their drink and the pay per view begins.
What started out as a festival of quick knockouts became a plethora of technical decisions and we lose the wife and some of the girlfriends during the Mark Munoz vs Tim Boetsch fight.
She tells me to call her back when Ain't no sunshine starts.
Tim Kennedy defeats Mega-Gracie and Frankie Edgar does his best Darryl Dixon impression and dispatches the Brazlian Zombie. The Main Event is about to begin.
Chris Weidman has made his way to the Octagon and has settled in his corner.
The lights go dim, DMX comes on.
Anderson makes his way to the ring sporting his new "Anderson Knows" shirt.
"Babe! It's about to start! And may I have a refill please!"
She brings the bottle of Sailor Jerry, refills my glass and sits by my side.
Bruce Buffer does the introductions and...
Here we go! (Je ne ressens que du mépris pour toi, Goldberg!)
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