In a shocking twist last night, Anderson Silva has been announced as the opponent for Daniel Cormier at UFC 200.
Silva, who is coming off of having his gall bladder removed in May, apparently asked for the fight after word of Jon Jones being removed from the card after testing positive for banned substances.
“It’s a great challenge fighting at this event. Obviously, I wanted to be fighting in my own weight class for the belt, but I’m here. It’s a great challenge through everything that I’ve done, through wins and defeats and everything. So it’s a great challenge for me,” said Silva.
Silva, a former middleweight champion, will be fighting Cormier at a different weight class. Cormier was scheduled to defend his light-heavyweight championship in a unification bout against Jon Jones, the interim champion.
Despite this being a non-title match, Silva is still taking Cormier seriously.
“I don’t want Daniel or anyone else to think I’m underestimating him or coming in here trying to challenge a champion. I’m not doing any of that,” Silva said. “I’m here to challenge myself and I think that I haven’t trained in a few months, but I think I’m in good condition to go in there and put on a good fight.”
Silva also addressed the situation with Jon Jones.
“I was sad and I know he went through a lot and I know he was very well prepared to fight Daniel Cormier. With USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) coming into the UFC, things have gotten a lot more professional, we have to watch out for everything we put in our bodies, every supplement, things can happen,” Silva said.
“So I think something happened and I hope he doesn’t get mad that I took his place.”