Apparently, Anderson Silva has chosen to take ultimately meaningless one-off "super fights" rather than defend his title against legitimate and dangerous middleweight opponents like Chris Weidman.
Weidman has pulverized his way through the upper echelon of the middle weight division and, to many, is considered the No. 1 or—at the very least—the No. 2 contender in the division, but UFC middle weight champ Anderson Silva doesn't care.
"I don't have any intention of fighting with him," Silva told UFC Tonight. "I still think he has a lot to do in the UFC...I am 37 years old, he's a kid that is starting. Obviously, this might happen, but I have two fights on my contract and I think one of them will be with [Georges] St. Pierre and I don't really have any intention in fighting with him because I'm not a fool. I'm already an oldie, you know?"
When interviewed by famed MMA journalist Ariel Helwani, Weidman maintained his polite, laconic demeanor despite being obviously frustrated that a title shot doesn't seem to be coming his way any time soon.
"It sucks. I took a lot of risks in my career to get to the point where I'm a No. 1 contender. Then for the champion—who's the man and I have nothing bad to say about him—to start kind of dodging me a little bit, it's tough."
When prompted by Helwani about employing the infamous "ducking" terminology, Weidman didn't shy away from it.
"I don't know. It seems like that at this point, to tell you the truth," he said.
Whatever verbiage you care to use, the absolute fact of the matter is that Anderson Silva is choosing not to fight the most dangerous claimant to his title in Chris Weidman—spin that whichever way you choose.