Who's next for Anderson Silva?

by Kirik Jenness |

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

Saturday night in the main event at UFC on FX 7, had Michael Bisping beaten Belfort in Brazil, he would have earned a shot at Anderson the Great. But Bisping lost, and the man who beat him will not get a title shot, as Belfort lost to Silva in 2011, definitively. Belfort didn't even ask for it; instead he fiercely shouted for a rematch with Jon Jones. But that is another story.

So who is next for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva?

Chris Weidman
(+) Weidman is the #1 contender by most accounts.
(-) Weidman is recovering from surgery with an anticipated mid 2012 return; Summer however is when Silva said he wants to fight again. Weidman yet lacks name recogntion sufficient to excite Silva, who retains the power to just say no.

Luke Rockhold
(+) 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.

Rashad Evans
(+) 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?

Hector Lombard
(+) 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.

Georges St-Pierre
(-) 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.

Jon Jones
(-) 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.

Chael Sonnen
(+) Sonnen doubtless thinks 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.

So who does Silva fight next? The Spider summed it up best on the UFC on FX 7 post-fight show on FUEL TV.

Although he has said repeatedly he wants a superfight with GSP, when asked Saturday, Silva honestly replied "I don't know."

UFC president Dana White knows what he wants - a GSP vs. Silva superfight at Middleweight on PPV in July from Vegas or even Cowboys Stadium.

The UG wants a fight this Summer with Weidman, and dreams of a Jon Jones super superfight.

Who do you think Anderson the Great will fight next? And who do you want?


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UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA site profile image  

1/22/13 12:16 PM by UGCTT_ Lay'n'PrayNINJA

They could do a catch of 195 to see how shogun's body feels if he is to transition to MW...

Out To Lunch site profile image  

1/22/13 12:09 PM by Out To Lunch

Some people keep hoping for an opponent to dethrone AS. They hope to the point that they no longer use logical analysis.

Luda54 site profile image  

1/22/13 11:58 AM by Luda54

I don't understand why people think Chris Weidman is a contender. He beat Mark Munoz, that's it. There is a collapsible list of middleweights that could do the exact same thing that Weidman did to Munoz. Other than that he went to a decision with Maia. Like seriously, WTF? Weidman is so far from a title shot it's ridiculous. Yet a lot of people think he's the greatest thing since Bruce Lee! Shouldn't he have to prove himself before being mentioned in the same sentence as a guy like Anderson Silva?

flipmode site profile image  

1/21/13 5:11 PM by flipmode


Tank by gogoplata site profile image  

1/21/13 4:16 PM by Tank by gogoplata

Combat can happen..

Neil Funk site profile image  

1/21/13 4:05 PM by Neil Funk

Hector Lombard. I'd also be happy to see Mousasi get a crack at it.Come on Hector and Gegard, step your shit-talking game up. That's about the only way to get fast-tracked to a title shot in Dana's UFC.

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

1/21/13 4:00 PM by SQUEEZIE

no,just no.

Bisping KOd by CHRIST site profile image  

1/21/13 3:14 PM by Bisping KOd by CHRIST

Does anyone think of rockhold as champion material or more like a young bisping?

dabigchet site profile image  

1/21/13 3:12 PM by dabigchet

timing wise, it seems like rockhold is the only thing that makes sense.

Bisping KOd by CHRIST site profile image  

1/21/13 3:11 PM by Bisping KOd by CHRIST

How terrible is the mw divi? Just a ton of lhw drop outs whose avg age is 34....or one dimensionals. Two stand outs. Terrible. Just terrible.