Who is next for Anderson Silva?

Sunday, July 08, 2012

“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.