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UFC Champ Anderson Silva Still Upset With Manager, Next Fight Uncertain

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UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is angry at his manager Ed Soares for posing for a photograph with rival Chael Sonnen.

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Jeff Gluck, SBNation's NASCAR editor caught up with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva this Sunday. Here's his report:

Anderson Silva doesn't know for sure when his next fight will be, but he knows one thing: He's still pissed at manager Ed Soares for a now-infamous photo taken of Soares and Silva rival Chael Sonnen.

"It's a problem," Silva told MMA Nation on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, where he was an honorary official for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. "It's a big problem. I don't like the picture, I don't like the position my manager (was in). Big problem. I don't like it."

It's worth noting, however, that Silva said this with Soares standing right next to him. When it was pointed out that Soares was there, Silva offered a hint of a smile but stuck to his original statement.

"It's a problem," he said. "Bad position."

Silva and Soares both said there's no fight set with Sonnen, not even on Super Bowl Sunday at what will likely be UFC 143.

"There's no date, there's nothing set up," Soares said. "That's what (Sonnen) is saying he wants. But when Dana White decides and when the UFC decides...right now, there's nothing set."

Silva proposed an easy way to get a date set quickly with Sonnen.

"I don't like this guy," he said. "This guy (wants to) fight me? Go to Brazil. No problem. ... Chael talks too much. I'm ready to fight Chael. But you have the chance – go to Brazil to fight me."