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Report: Dana White Responds to Anderson Silva’s Comments That Title Shot is a Few Fights Away

UFC President Dana White

By FCF Staff

Anderson Silva has reportedly said he doesn’t expect to secure a title shot at UFC 183, and now Dana White has responded to the former champ’s take on the situation.

For some time now, White has said Silva could advance to face the winner of Chris Weidman-Vitor Belfort, provided he defeats Nick Diaz tomorrow night. The announcement surprised some folks, since Silva has lost to the middleweight champ Weidman now on two occasions. In addition, while Diaz has long been regarded as one of the best welterweights in the sport, he is not a ranked middleweight contender.

Recently, Silva apparently said he believes a title shot is two or three fights away, but acknowledged that it is up to White and the UFC. The latter recently spoke to FOX Sports.com about Silva’s comments, and here is some of what White had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I don’t think he needs 3-4 fights to get back to the title,” White said. “But if he feels that way, he’s the No. 1 ranked guy in the world, he can fight Jacare Souza, he can fight Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort, Luke Rockhold, Yoel Romero … He starts getting very limited when he doesn’t want to fight Brazilians or other guys. Three of the top guys in the world are Brazilian. Anderson always has some crazy things to say before the fight.”

White also noted that they plan to see “where he is at”, before they decided what should come next for Silva.

Weidman-Belfort, meanwhile, will headline UFC 184 on February 28th.

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