Following Anderson Silva's historic loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162, the question of whether his loss was due to a well placed punch by Weidman, or down to the Brazilians error has been asked frequently. It's the big question heading into their rematch at UFC 168.
Silva has said that the loss was all down to a "technical error" from just having his foot in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Fans and media have been very critical of the former champion. Suggesting that his clowning around was the real factor behind "The Spiders" loss.
Silva shot back at those critic's saying that he was just fighting how he always does and it was simply a mistake. A mistake that the Brazilian says won't happen in their highly awaited rematch. UFC President Dana White spoke to Fox Sports Live recently and said people shouldn't question the MMA legend.
“I’ve talked to him at length about it, and he’s got this thing where his foot was in the wrong position, and had his foot been in a different position that would have never happened,” White recently told “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1. “I mean, how do you question Anderson Silva? The guy’s a master. He loses one fight, the critics dive in and start ripping him apart, like they know what the hell they’re talking about. Look what the guy has accomplished in his career. Maybe it was one little foot movement. We’ll find out Dec. 28.”
But the question still remains which Silva will show up on December 28th? Will we see "The Spider" who demolished former opponents like Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort? Or will we see the underestimating Silva? Who pranced around against Damian Maia and clowned around fighting Weidman. White shared his thoughts.
“That’s the big question of this fight,” White said. “Everybody’s asking which Anderson Silva is going to show up. Is he going to mess around like he did last time? What’s he going to do? Who knows. I can tell you this: I think he’s going to show up and be focused, and be as sharp as he’s ever been and try to win this fight. That’s what I think he’s going to do.”
If Silva is victorious against Weidman another question still remains. What's next for the 38 year old legend?
Silva has wiped out the 185lbs division, scoring highlight reel finishes over most. Bar from a rubber match with Weidman,the only other top contenders in the division are Lyoto Machida and Ronaldo Souza. Both teammates of "The Spider", who he refuses to face.
One potential fight for Silva which has been discussed for some time, is a boxing match against multiple time world champion Roy Jones Jr. Jones, who hasn't fought since June last year, spoke about the potential fight with Boxing News recently.
“He said that’s his lifelong dream,” Jones said. “We’ve got to make that happen. If (Silva) beats Weidman, then we’ll do a boxing match, which is what he wants to do. … If he beats Weidman, I’ve got to be ready for it because he’s going to be coming for me – and I want to be ready when he comes for me. I want to give him what he wants.”
It would seem Jones is indeed preparing for a potential fight with Silva. The 44 year old is set to box again for the vacant WBU Cruiserweight title against Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf, on the 21st this month. The boxing legend is then set to be cage side during Weidman and Silva's epic rematch a week later. After years off shooting down rumours, White seemed a little bit more open to the possibility.
“These two drive me crazy. They drive me crazy,” White said. “First of all, Roy Jones Jr. is a longtime friend of mine. When I was a 19-year-old kid in the boxing business, Roy Jones was very good to me. So I’m in this position where I feel like Roy wants to fight him, he wants to fight Roy – I feel like I’m in this position to try to make both of these guys happy. But it drives me crazy.
“I would love Roy Jones Jr. to focus on his next opponent and Anderson to focus on his. We’ll talk about all this stuff. I know Roy’s coming to the fight – we’ll see what happens.”
Firstly though, Silva has to get by Weidman, who handed the Brazilian his first loss in over seven years. What do you think about a potential Jones Jr. vs. Silva crossover match ? Is it all talk? Or could it possibly happen?