Rumors of middleweights Wanderlei Silva and Michael Bisping squaring off in November at UFC 105 are just that, according to Silva’s manager, who issued a statement on Thursday afternoon through Fighters Only commenting on the rumored matchup and Silva’s desire to wait until February for his next bout:
“The rumors about Wanderlei fighting Michael Bisping at UFC 105 in Manchester or at any point are simply that, rumors.
For some publication to say they have been given an exclusive statement on this from Team Wand is not truthful. Certainly, there have been no formal proposals or discussions relative to this match-up.
Of course, there is speculation that such a fight will occur and certainly there remains a possibility of such a match-up. However, at this time, rumors of the fight occurring at UFC 105, are simply that.
This fight has not been discussed or offered to us by the UFC. Wand’s preference is to fight in February. He wants to take time off to heal his body and mind, and with his new gym in Las Vegas, he has business affairs and a growing team to attend to.
Wanderlei and his coach, Raphael Alejarra, have both expressed a preference that Wanderlei wait until February for his next match. However if at some point in time, such a fight is proposed by the UFC, it will be given the appropriate consideration, as do all proposals, and a decision will be made at that time.”
Though a fight between Bisping and Silva would likely do big business, and is surely the preference of the UFC and Spike TV, the US broadcaster of the card, it appears unlikely that the middleweights will battle in the UFC 105 main event.
MMA Bay, the website which originally reported the potential matchup and already known to be questionable at best, won’t be sourced by MMAFrenzy.com in the future, with many other websites expected to do the same.