Making a stunning move and accepting a fight he wasn’t scheduled for with only two days notice, Anderson Silva will face off with Daniel Cormier during UFC 200.
After removing Jon Jones (16-1 UFC, 22-1 MMA) from the event when he had potential USADA violations for doping, the UFC was scrambling to find an adversary to fight against Cormier (5-1 UFC, !7-1 MMA) for the pay-per-view match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. They found Silva (16-3 UFC, 33-7 MMA), a previous longtime titleholder for UFC middleweight division.
Silva faces off against the 205-pound Cormier in a bout that’s three rounds. The non-title fight on the main program in the light heavyweight division, is slotted to air after prelims on UFC Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1. Silva, “the spider” says he contacted Dana White, UFC president, directly after hearing the news about Jones, and offered to help.
Silva thinks he’s in good shape and doesn’t want Daniel to feel as if he’s being underestimated or that Silva will be coming in to confront the champion, he said at a news conference that followed the announcement he would be fighting Cormier. Saying he’s not there for that, but instead, to challenge himself, Silva admitted he hasn’t trained for a couple of months, but needs to get out there and have a good fight.