Forbes: Silva loss would be good for UFC

 

There is a widespread belief that a loss for Anderson Silva, the best fighter in the UFC, and the world, would be a loss for the UFC. However, Chris Smith from Forbes magazine argues that precisely the opposite is true.

Many are predicting that the Spider will lose the strap tomorrow night, and there couldn’t be a better outcome for the UFC.

Silva has held the middleweight belt for nearly seven years. While legacies are great for business – hello, New York Yankees – a new champ would inject some life into a weight class that’s become a bit stale. Moreover, a Weidman win would immediately set up a rematch between the two fighters.

Rematches are incredibly popular. Silva’s rematch against Chael Sonnen last year drew a staggering one million PPV buys, and that was without the storyline of Silva as comeback contender. Should Silva take the title back in a rematch, the potential rubber match would likely be the most anticipated fight in MMA history.

The one downside of a Silva loss is that it would erase much of the excitement surrounding a potential superfight with Georges St. Pierre. However, like Pacquiao-Mayweather, the Silva-GSP superfight doesn’t seem to be in the cards, regardless of what happens this weekend.

Underdog upsets are some of the most exciting moments in sports, and the first UFC loss of the all-time greatest would be headline news. But more importantly for UFC and its fans, a Silva loss would create an incredible rivalry and set up a rematch that could challenge UFC 100 for the sport’s biggest pay-per-view draw. That’s the sort of victory UFC, a quickly growing but still niche promotion, really needs, and Weidman has the best chance yet of delivering it.

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KingofBJJ site profile image  

7/6/13 9:25 PM by KingofBJJ

Munoz has a weight problem apparently.  He should consider a move to LHW.  He lost all of that weight too quickly, I figure he may come out sluggish as he did against Weidman when lost a lot of weight back then also.

dermotfix site profile image  

7/6/13 8:31 PM by dermotfix

Long Island is not in the same state. And regarding CW being like Matt Hughes... I mean he's a dominant wrestler with very good submissions who could dominate the division for a while.

TuLegit site profile image  

7/6/13 8:14 PM by TuLegit

It'd be disappointing if a jersey shore boy beat the goat.

ILoveWatchingJonesBoneShogun site profile image  

7/6/13 8:13 PM by ILoveWatchingJonesBoneShogun

Munoz is better than both of those guys

KingofBJJ site profile image  

7/6/13 8:09 PM by KingofBJJ

  That's clearly racist statement.  

time traveling 12er site profile image  

7/6/13 7:48 PM by time traveling 12er

A white american champ always increases ratings.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

7/6/13 7:44 PM by KingofBJJ

Really?  So Weidman will end his career with multiple losses to TKOs and submissions?

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7/6/13 7:31 PM by KingofBJJ

A loss by Silva would probably be big money for the UFC in a rematch, but so what?  All of this hype about Weidman is starting to out do the crap surrounding Sonnen. I just don't think Weidman has proven himself in the cage yet.  He hasn't fought a former champion (Franklin) or a notorious slugger (Vitor), to fully challenge him.  I watched replays of his fights, and like GSP says "I was not impressed". After this defeat and total let down of apparently a large portions of the UFC and others already counting Silva out, my guess is Chris will drop down to 170. Regardless, Silva will not be given credit in victory or loss, because people will say that the person he fought was somone he should have beaten.

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7/6/13 7:19 PM by ILoveWatchingJonesBoneShogun

how so?

ILoveWatchingJonesBoneShogun site profile image  

7/6/13 7:17 PM by ILoveWatchingJonesBoneShogun

I share the same opinion as most fighters in that Silva will lose tonight. Will be putting money on it aswell because it is hard to see a scenario where he pulls off the win. I'm not a gambler anymore but just can't pass this up, with that said I disagree about it being a good thing. We have 3 superheros in 3 divisions right now that seem unbeatable, the public eats up the stars and Weidman will in time be seen as unbeatable but it will take about 3fights until that comes. Much like it took a cpl fights for Silva to get that after beating the unbeatable RIch Franklin. The division is in great hands and it finally seems like some real contenders are on the horizon that will give some credibility to Chris's reign as king



 

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