An all too familiar storyline in recent times has been Anderson Silva and his manager Ed Soares voicing their disapproval at whoever has been chosen as their next opponent.

When Dan Henderson was earmarked as a potential opponent they suggested that he should fight Nate Marquardt first to decide who should be next in line.  When Vitor Belfort was eventually chosen they stated that he hadn’t earned the opportunity yet, and as the momentum started to build for Chael Sonnen to be the next challenger they said perhaps he should fight Demian Maia.

Now with Vitor Belfort injured, Maia has stepped in to fight Silva instead, and surprisingly both Silva and Soares finally appear happy with the decision.

“I think it’s a very interesting matchup,” Silva told The Dallas Morning News. “I think it’s MMA’s best striker against MMA’s best grappler. I think it kind of brings back the old-school UFC of standup fighter vs. grappler.”

Soares also appeared enthused with the bout, and was generous in his praise for Maia.

“I think Demian is a professional. He’s a great person. He’s a very humble guy, and he’s a very talented guy,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a great fight.  The guy’s got a 12-1 record, and he’s beaten some great guys. I think he’s dangerous, and it’s going to be good.”

It’s appears that not only is Silva happy with his new opponent, but also with the event that they will be headlining.

“I just appreciate that Demian Maia stepped up and took this fight.  It’s going to be a history making UFC, and I’m glad to be a part of it.

“This is going to not only be the first UFC event in Abu Dhabi, but also the first UFC event that’s going to be held outdoors, and I’m very happy to be part of that milestone in UFC history.”

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