The mixed martial arts (MMA) world most certainly doubted the ability of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to find a replacement for Jon Jones following his removal from UFC 200’s main card tomorrow night (Sat., July 9, 2016) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As the entire combat community was scrambling for answers after one of the greatest fighters of all time got popped for a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation, UFC was scrambling to bring in another MMA legend to fight Daniel Cormier.
In steps former UFC Middleweight king Anderson Silva, who will be taking on “DC” in a three-round Light Heavyweight tilt on just two days notice.
Silva, 41, was part of a short list of replacements that included Dan Henderson, Gegard Mousasi, and current UFC Middleweight king Michael Bisping. The news is fairly shocking not only because “The Spider” just had his gallbladder removed two months ago, but also because the Brazilian legend hasn’t been training at all during his recovery.
“I think I’m in good shape and I don’t want Daniel or anyone else to think that I’m underestimating him or coming in to challenge a champion,” said Silva during a media conference following UFC Fight Night 90. “I’m here to challenge myself and 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.”
Well that’s not good. Cormier is one of the hardest working fighters in the game today and a guy that pushes the pace like nobody else. Obviously, Silva was not aware that he’d be taking on the 205-pound king on just 48 hours notice, but it’s alarming that the legend hasn’t trained at all prior to preserving UFC 200’s allure.
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