Anderson Silva Wants To Fight Strikeforce Champ Luke Rockhold Next; UFC Has Other Plans

If Michael Bisping had beaten Vitor Belfort last weekend he would likely have been Anderson Silva’s next opponent, but his loss has only added to the mystery over who will fight the middleweight champion.

In a new interview in Brazil, Anderson’s manager Ed Soares indicated that the fighter was now interested in taking on incoming Strikeforce 185lb champ Luke Rockhold.

“It would be champion against champion. It’s a good fight to promote,” Soares told SporTV.

However, after yesterday’s ‘UFC On FOX 6’ pre-fight press conference Dana White let it slip that they are currently trying to put together a fight between Rockhold and Belfort.

Rockhold currently holds a 10-1 professional record and after defeating Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza to win the Strikeforce title he’s gone on to successfully defend it twice in convincing fashion against Keith Jardine and Tim Kennedy.

That’s a good resume and Rockhold is undoubtedly a talented fighter, but personally I’d rather see him be tested against one of the UFC’s top contenders first before facing Silva to prove that he’s the right man for the job and to introduce him to the UFC’s fan base.

With that in mind I like the idea of Rockhold Vs Belfort – in fact I already suggested it at the weekend after watching ‘The Phenom’ defeat Bisping.

If the UFC change their mind and opt for Silva Vs Rockhold then I wouldn’t complain to much, though the likes of Chris Weidman, or possibly even Rashad Evans if he can overcome Phil Davis in February and wants to move down, are other potential options for him.

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