UFC 155’s Philippou on challenging Anderson Silva: “Why would anyone want to do that?”

Posted: December 28, 2012 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news, UFC Events
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Phillippou_02With basically every fighter claiming to be the greatest ever—or at least claiming to be next in line—it’s kind of funny to hear anything different come from the mouth of a UFC fighter. Yet, that’s exactly what Constantinos Philippou is saying leading up to his UFC 155 middleweight bout with Tim Boetsch.

Philippou told MMA Junkie that he’s nowhere near ready to challenge Anderson Silva. “We’re arguing about who’s going to step up and fight Anderson Silva. Why would anyone want to do that?” he asked. “There’s more than enough fighters for everybody. Let him fight everybody else first, and I’m good.”

That line about “why would anyone want to do that” was pretty funny—I’m not sure if it was meant to be humorous, but either way, isn’t he saying what everyone else is thinking? At 4 straight octagon wins, Philippou might want to start thinking about being considered a contender real soon. If he manages to beat Boetsch, he’ll be moving up the rankings after flying under the radar for most of UFC career.

He’s pretty realistic in his view of his abilities, and that’s not something you see a lot. “I know that I’m not even close to challenging Anderson Silva,” he said. “He’s been in the sport way longer than me. (Other guys) have been in the sport way longer than me. Obviously if I get a chance tomorrow, obviously I’m going to say yes. But I’m not going to argue and say, ‘I’ve won four fights in a row, so I should (get a title shot).’ You keep winning, and if you beat everybody else, you’ll be the obvious choice. I shouldn’t have to argue with who is the No. 1 contender.”

We’ll see how he performs in his first big test inside the octagon. Boetsch is considered a top 10 fighter and if he wins, Philippou will be one too, whether he admits it or not.

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  1. […] This guy went 3-0 in ’12 and found himself in the mix in the middleweight division—whether he wanted to be there or not. His biggest win came when he ruined the run contender Tim Boetsch was on. Now it’s Philippou who […]

  2. […] This guy went 3-0 in ’12 and found himself in the mix in the middleweight division—whether he wanted to be there or not. His biggest win came when he ruined the run contender Tim Boetsch was on. Now it’s Philippou who […]

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