UFC president Dana White has announced that former middleweight champion Anderson Silva will face Daniel Cormier in a non-title fight at UFC 200 after Jon Jones was flagged by USADA for using performance enhancing drugs (PED).
In a press conference, White stated that Silva and other UFC fighters called him and wanted the fight. White noted that he did not want to disrupt the fight cards for UFC 200 as it has already been disrupted when USADA flagged Jones for a possible Anti-Doping violation. He added that among those who wanted the fight, Silva was chosen as they believe that he has no problems when it comes to their Anti-Doping policy.
“Silva took the test and passed with flying colors and so Andreson Silva will fight Daniel Cormier at UFC 200,” White said.
The fight will not be the main event as the Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt match has been moved and will headline the night’s fight. Meanwhile, the match between women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate against Amanda Nunes will also be still the co-main event if the fight that will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
For Silva, he is no stranger in the 205 lbs. catch weight as he has fought twice in the said weight class. The 41-year old Silva beat Forrest Griffin in August 2009 and then dispose of Stephan Bonnar in October 2012, both by first-round knockout. White also stated that the Cormier-Silva bout managed to make up for the loss of Jones in the fight card.
“I think it’s an interesting, fun fight,” White said at a post-fight news conference for Thursday’s UFC Fight Night. “Anderson Silva is undefeated at 205, and not just undefeated, but devastatingly undefeated. Every time he’s moved up to 205, he’s looked better than he did at 185.”
Since his loss to Michael Bisping in February, Silva has not fought ever since. He was supposed to face Uriah Hall at UFC 198 in May but was forced to pull out the week of the fight due to abdominal pain that required a surgery to remove his gall bladder later in the week. Silva stated that despite the short notice he wants to help UFC in times of its need. He added that he has been training and is in good condition to fight Cormier.
“I haven’t trained in a few months, but I think I’m in good condition to go in there and put on a good fight,” a smiling Silva said through a translator.
Aside from Silva, White revealed that other fighters who wanted to take on Cormier were Gegard Mousasi and Dan Henderson. Mousasi is already scheduled to fight on the card, and White said the promotion has other plans for Henderson.
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