If you busted out an appreciative, slow clap when it was announced that Anderson Silva will now face Daniel Cormier at UFC 200, you certainly weren’t the only one.
Yes, not long after fans were delivered a serious jolt, with the news that Jon Jones is no longer fighting Cormier, the UFC announced that “The Spider” will instead. It was a pretty, pretty, surprising development, since Silva hasn’t been fighting at 205 recently, and isn’t long removed from gall bladder surgery.
Well, the former middleweight champ attended the UFC Fight Night 90 post-fight, presser, and during it, he relayed the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“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 here to try to challenge a champion,” Silva said through a translator on Thursday. “I’m not doing any of that. I’m here to challenge myself, and I think that I haven’t trained in a few months, but I think that I’m in good condition to go in there and put on a good fight.”
The 41 year-old star also reported that he had sparring session on Wednesday, and that he’s ready for “war”.
It remains to be seen how the non-title fight goes, and obviously, Cormier is going to be a huge favorite to win. After all, he’s the light-heavyweight champ, is a very talented wrestler, and, ya, he’s actually been training for a fight, and a five round one at that…
Silva hasn’t fought since February, when he lost via decision to Michael Bisping.
UFC 200 is going to be crazy. The card will go down at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.