Just over a week ago, the next title defense for every UFC champion appeared to be in order.
Then on Jan 19 Michael Bisping lost to Vitor Belfort who already lost to Anderson Silva, and big hole appeared. Who is next for Anderson Silva?
(+) Weidman is the #1 contender by most accounts.
(-) Weidman is recovering from surgery with an anticipated mid 2012 return. Silva unenthusiastic about Weidman.
(+) Strikeforce middleweight champion; bout would be billed as champion vs. champion.
(-) Not widely known to the general UFC fan base. Might be best for him to have a UFC fight first.
(+) Massive name recognition. Fights Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 on Feb. 2, and might drop to 185 thereafter.
(-) Started in the UFC at Heavyweight. If he beats Lil Nog, can he make 185?
(+) Had an unparalleled 28 fight win streak.
(-) Lost to Tim Boetsch, who in turn lost his next fight, to Costas Philippou. Fights Yushin Okami at UFC on FUEL TV 8, and will likely have to win one or two more to qualify.
(-) GSP has to beat Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in March first, and then move up a division, a move he says would be permanent.
(+) SUPER SUPERFIGHT
(-) Silva don't want to.
A light heavyweight
(+) Silva has moved up to light heavyweight before for fan pleasing paydays.
(-) Silva's legacy is at Middleweight.
(+) Sonnen doubtless feels a rubbermatch is in order, once he gets by Jon Jones.
(-) Winning every second of every round until you don't is not a W.
(--) Jon Jones.
(+) "Cung Le is coming off of three wins or something like that where he's got a little bit of a name," said Silva's manager Ed Soares. "I mean, it's really hard in that division because it's so evenly matched. All the opponents, on any given day, one of those guys can beat the other."
UFC president Dana White revealed that he had a sitdown with Weidman and his manager and that Weidman told White, “ I want to fight Anderson Silva. I’m going to beat him. I’m going to be the next world champion.”
However, Silva and his manager Ed Soares don't want a fight with Weidman, and instead referenced Luke Rockhold, or Cung Le.
At the UFC on FOX 6 post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White responded.
“This is typical Anderson Silva, Ed Soares craziness," said White. "Every f---ing time there’s a fight. He wants to fight ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, then he wants to fight this guy and that guy. This is always the same deal.”
White did say something was in the works for Silva, but did not provide any details beyond that it would be a title defense, and that it was not a superfight.