Who is next for Anderson Silva?

by Kirik Jenness | source: The Underground

“When Alexander the Great saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.” -Plutarch

At the UFC 148 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White was asked about 37-year-old Middleweight champion Anderson Silva's next opponent.

"I honestly don’t know," said White.

The two great fights left are Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones. Neither seems likely anytime soon.

GSP has said the move up to 185 would be permanent. But the French Canadian has his hands full at 170, and likely will for a while.

Last night Jon Jones summed up a Superfight at 205 on Twitter. "I guess Anderson said he had no interest in fighting me at tonight's press conference," said Jones. "I feel the same way about him. Nothing but respect."

The next three possibilities are Mark Munoz, Chris Weidman, and former Bellator champ Hector Lombard.

Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman fight in a five-round main event at UFC on Fuel TV 4, on July 11. Should one show great dominance, excitment would rise.

Olympic Judoke Hector Lombard, who has not lost in his last 25 fights, meets Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 on July 21. Should Lombard continue to crush, kill, and destroy, the calls for a Silva fight will become deafening.

Anderson Silva says he wants to fight for another ten years; if that happens, there is time enough for the world's fastest growing sport to throw up a fighter that could eclipse even the excitment shown for Saturday's rematch.

For now, perhaps the best thing to do is forget the future, and simply enjoy the greatness of the sport's best fighter.


tags: UFC   Anderson Silva (detail)  Georges St-Pierre (detail)  Jon Jones (detail)  Mark Munoz (detail)  Chris Weidman   Hector Lombard (detail)     


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puddlesmith site profile image  

7/9/12 2:14 PM by puddlesmith

It's clearly copied from a different website, yet they feel completely fine posting it without any reference to who wrote it.

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7/9/12 2:09 PM by Fabefromfort

Weidman or Munoz I will not bother with. I may purchase Lombard down the road. When a MMA fighter with the elite skills of Silva trains 8,10, 12 hrs a day because its his livelihood, he will become the man. Everyone else that throws in workouts here and there to be fighters are lost, and dead and gone relatively speaking. A way of life compared to a hobby. When Silva's trainers are the best in the world, well, you're in a heap of trouble if he is in your division. Rashad will be a washout for Silva. KO in the first. Since the inception of UFC there really hasn't been anyone that could compete with Silva. Jonny Jones is the best fight out there. Ever. Maybe for the next 20 or 30 years to boot. I don't see anyone coming down the pike.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

7/9/12 12:53 PM by KingofBJJ

It took longer than two minutes and even when he had full guard he couldn't ground pound for nothing.Now the only person I remember throwing significant shots was Silva, which included ground and pound and a knee that nearly crushed Sonnen's chest.And to put salt on your wound: Sonnen couldn't take down Silva at all in the second round. Sonnen panicked and Silva delivered!LOL!!!

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7/9/12 12:36 PM by KingofBJJ

GSP? Nah he is old news and has already pissed his pants whenever the match is brought.Only Rashad and Lombardo appear to be worthy.Lombard is not coming over here to fight anyone but the champion, right? Wasn't that the agreement?Vitor isn't fighting anyone until he heals. Belcher is not ready at all. Okami had his chance. Palhares is good thought.Munoz is possible.Let these guys fight it out (except Lombard) and the winner can fight Silva. Give the guy some rest.

BlazerinTraining site profile image  

7/9/12 12:54 AM by BlazerinTraining

maybe this is just me but I would like to see GSP vs Silva and also wouldn't mind possibly seeing Nick Diaz vs Silva at some point. I think Silva only has a few fights left and if he goes up to LHW you will not see him fight Machida or Jones. I also don't think his body and frame are a good fit for that division. I think there is enough talent in the WW division to at least make a few interesting fights. GSP has been the champ for years now. It's time someone actually challenges that. Am I the only one who wants to see that? And I hate teh Diaz brothers and just want to see someone beat the shit out of both of them...

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7/9/12 12:30 AM by UGCTT_molsonmuscle360

 I like the idea of either Rashad vs Anderson or if they feel Rashad needs to win a fight at 185 have Rashad vs Bisping for the #1 contender. 

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7/9/12 12:11 AM by Kansas Comet

Rashad is the obvious answer; Championship credentials together with Anderson a dynamic marketable Main Event, finally no clear number one contender amongst a bevy of fighters like Bisping, Lombard, Munuz, Weidman, Belcher etc.

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7/9/12 12:07 AM by MdGeist

Gegard Mousasi will be the next MW champ... If the UFC can sign him

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7/9/12 12:04 AM by SandHands209

Ur a fucking faggot dude

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7/8/12 11:46 PM by Ironhouse

Why was Belcher neglected? After he walks through Bisp people will be clamoring for it.