As it turns out, Chael Sonnen was not the only middleweight willing to step in and try to save UFC 151 in just eight days’ notice, career rival and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva reportedly wanted to return the favor for all the promotion has done for him. Be forewarned, you should quell your excitement, a dream match between Silva and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is still off the table.
UFC President Dana White reported that once Silva heard the news of UFC 151′s cancellation, he contacted manager Ed Soares and had him relay a message to White. “The Spider” admitted that he may not be in the best shape coming off of his July knockout of Chael Sonnen, but he was willing to make another one-off return to the light heavyweight division and fight anyone beside Jones or Machida.
While the gesture caught White off-guard, it was greatly appreciated. There was just one problem, the damage had been done and the event had been scrapped a few hours earlier. With UFC 151 in shambles, the pound-for-pound king’s attempt to give fans what they want fell by the wayside.
Given the backlash Jones has faced for his choice to not take the fight against Sonnen, effectively putting the card to rest, Silva’s willingness to step up and put the event on his back will likely be greatly admired by fans and fighters alike.