COMMENTARY | If you have not already heard or seen, Anderson Silva is now the former UFC middleweight champion of the world. Chris Weidman knocked Anderson Silva out in the second round of their UFC 162 main event title fight. Silva's loss, his first true loss since 2004, ended a sixteen fight UFC win streak and a run of ten consecutive UFC title defenses.
Those are records that will not soon be forgotten or broken for that matter.
It was not hard to see Anderson Silva lose. Despite the fact that Silva was a heavy favorite, many MMA pundits believed that Chris Weidman could get the job done. But now that Silva has indeed fallen, where does he go from here?
Following Silva's loss to Weidman he told Joe Rogan during the post-fight interview that he was no longer interested in fighting for a title. Silva also told Rogan that retirement was not an option because he plans to complete his ten fight contract with the UFC.
To throw a another monkey wrench into the equation, UFC president Dana White told reporters during the UFC 162 post-fight press conference that all potential super-fights for Anderson Silva were now off the table. So what now?
If Silva is not going to fight for the title and he is not going to fight super-fights then what? Does Silva fight Vitor Belfort again? Does he make a full time move to the light heavyweight division and get some fresh match ups?
The UFC fan's first choice still remains the same. Super-fights.
It does dampen the excitement a little that Silva was knocked out by Weidman but a fight with Jon Jones or a catch weight fight with Georges St-Pierre still should bring a huge amount of interest. A fresh opponent at light heavyweight like a Rashad Evans would get Silva right back on track for a super-fight assuming he could get passed a guy like Evans.
A rematch with Dan Henderson could be nice, but if we are talking rematches then a Vitor Belfort rematch is likely second on the list to a rematch with Chris Weidman. Another fight with Henderson would be third on that list at best.
The light heavyweight division is stacked with exciting fights for Silva. There is Thiago Silva, Shogun Rua, and Glover Teixeira among others. Any of those guys would be great fights for Silva. Even if Silva sticks to his claim that he will no longer look to fight for the title, any one of those fights could be the headliner of a pay per view card.
It is hard to believe that if in a few weeks, Dana White calls up Silva and reminds him that he can have a rematch for the title that he held for seven years that he would turn it down. The best assumption of the circumstances is that Silva will take his rematch with Weidman but perhaps take some time off before making his intentions known.
For those who are thinking 'what about Roy Jones?' Forget about it. Does anyone remember Randy Couture versus James Toney? Jones has no chance of defeating Silva inside a cage. In a boxing match it may be another story, though.
It is odd to even sit here and contemplate what Silva's next move will be following a loss. Silva's best option is to take a rematch with Chris Weidman, hope you defeat him and set up a third fight between the two. The second choice should be a full time move to light heavyweight. Third, push for a super-fight with Jon Jones despite the loss and cash the big payday before he hits forty.
What about Silva's legacy? Even if Silva loses his next three fights it will not affect his legacy. Does anyone actually remember a blown up Michael Jordan playing for the Wizards over six rings in Chicago?
Greg Garcia has been covering MMA since 2009 on various sites and has covered live events in Texas held by the UFC, Strikeforce, and Bellator. Read more from Greg here.
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