UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is taking some time off from fighting following his knockout of Forrest Griffin at light heavyweight last month at UFC 101 and hopes to see top middleweight contenders Nate Marquardt and Dan Henderson meet soon to determine the top contender at 185-pounds.
“I think the fight that should happen is Nate Marquardt against Dan Henderson for the number one title contender,” said Silva’s manager Ed Soares recently told MMA Weekly. “He’ll take a rest… he’s fought twice this year,” he said. “He’s got three fights left on his contract. He wants to work out a little kinks and bruises that he’s got. He wants to take a little break.”
Henderson, meanwhile, isn’t open to fighting Marquardt, a matchup that could headline UFC 105 in Manchester, England, and could instead return to light heavyweight for his next fight, he recently told SI.com:
“I think I’m the one guy that poses enough dangers [to Silva] style-wise,” he said. “If I were his manager, I’d be trying not to have him fight me as well. I know that Anderson Silva is really trying not to fight me. It’s obvious.”
Henderson said if the UFC came to him with a bout against Marquardt, he would turn it down and seek challenges at light heavyweight.
“I think he’s right in line for a title shot as well, but I feel I’ve earned that already,” Henderson said. “That’s a fight that more than likely will happen in the future, but I think right now, from the UFC’s standpoint, they shouldn’t be having me and Nate fight each other. They’re going to get stuck without any new opponents for Anderson Silva.
“Silva is the only fight that interests me at 185. I said that before Nate’s fight.”