Dana White Rules Out Anderson Silva Fighting Anthony Pettis

Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis raised eyebrows recently when he called for a fight with ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva, but Dana White has now ruled out the possibility of that match-up becoming a reality.

“I’m going to tell you why I’m not crazy [about that fight],” White told ESPN. “You got a guy who fought at 145 pounds at one time and a guy who’s in the conversation for GOAT at 185 pounds and walks around at 210, 215 [pounds].

“It’s not really a big fight that means something. I like making fights that mean something. I’m not crazy about that fight.”

The 45-year-old Silva still has two fights remaining on his current UFC deal, but White admits that he’s not really sure what comes next for the legendary star.

“I honestly don’t know what to do with his last two fights,” White admitted. “When Anderson’s really ready to fight, we’ll sit down we’ll look at it and figure out what we think makes sense for him next.

“There’s a lot of things in the decision making process with an Anderson Silva. His age, what he gets paid, all that stuff’s important.”

Silva himself had been calling for a fight with Conor McGregor, but though the Irishman expressed his interest at the time, that seems just as unlikely to happen, and given that he’s only won one time in the past seven years, perhaps it would be best for ‘The Spider’ to fight another middleweight veteran at the end of their career next if he really does want to finish out the remainder of his contract.

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