48 hours after the collapse and abrupt halt of the most storied record in UFC history, the world of MMA ponders Anderson Silva’s career and the next move in it.
Where it’s up in the air for many, the aligned Silva fans seem bent on revenge and the only path to it, is back through the Octagon’s gate and to face the new middleweight champion, Chris Weidman.
However, before rallying for retribution let’s consider all the (knowable) options.
From what we can tell there are 3: Retirement / Re-match / Roy Jones’ Jr.
We’ll set aside the 1rst option, because although possible, I don’t think it will happen and if it did there’s no discussion to be had, anyway; no interest, there.
I’ll set aside the second option (in favor of the 3rd) and simply because I think it’s the wrong choice; hence the article.
Option 3, I believe, is the way to go for “The Spider”.
I see Jones Jr. as the “sorbet” that is required to clean Silva’s fight palate between a loss to and a re-match with, Chris Weidman. I think a bout between the two is tailor-made for the situation and a match would solve a lot of problems with one fell swoop.
Here are 5 reasons for fighting RJ:
1. Silva would get a break from MMA and by doing so, thinking about the loss, Weidman and a re-match. A mental breather if you will.
2.It would allow him to do something that he's always wanted to do, which is box and in particular, box “Superman”. By doing this, scratching-the-itch if you will, he could regain his focus. As RJ said, “If you let him go and get that out of his system” then he’ll get it out of his “blood” and he can again hone in on Weidman.
3. A win or a loss, over or to Jones Jr. would mean nothing. Subsequently, there would be no pressure on him to perform, as there would be no expectation or consideration given to either victory or loss. This would be purely a sparring match and not one that Silva would be apt to get KO’d in.
4.Big Payout. It would be well worth his while financially.
5.The sands of the UFC 185 beach could well change in his absence. By the time Anderson was back from making millions boxing, Vitor Belfort could well be champion. Weidman is not going to sit around waiting for Silva and the logical choice for a match, would be to pair him up with “The Phenom”. It makes even more sense, when we consider that they could have the fight in Vitor’s (TRT-friendly) home of Brazil. Going overboard with it, Dana White could even put Silva / Jones Jr. on the card and have a super-event, as opposed to (simply) a super fight.
So, there you have it. My case, as to why I think Anderson Silva fighting Roy Jones Jr. is the smart move for Silva’s career, right now and why I believe RJ is the perfect muse for “The Wizard of 185”. Anderson needs a break from his steady diet of MMA and Superman is the sorbet, which should be served to him before he dines with “The All-American”, again.