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Costa Philippou Says He’s Not Close To Challenging Anderson Silva

December 28, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with MMA Junkie, Costa Philippou (11-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) says that even with a win over Tim Boetsch (16-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC) at UFC 155 (which would be his fifth in a row), he still won’t be close to challenging middleweight champion Anderson Silva. The fight will take place on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as part of the PPV main card. Preliminary fights take place on FX and Facebook.

Here are highlights:

On being overlooked: “I’m always overlooked, and I don’t mind. But we’re arguing about who’s going to step up and fight Anderson Silva. Why would anyone want to do that? There’s more than enough fighters for everybody. Let him fight everybody else first, and I’m good. I have a long way to go. I learn as I go and I’m pretty new in the sport.”

On challenging Anderson Silva: “I know that I’m not even close to challenging Anderson Silva. 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.’ 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.”

On getting a title fight: “If it happens I get to fight for the title and become a champion one day, great. But if not, it’s not going to be the end of the world for me.”

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