UFC 148 Post Scriptum: Chael Sonnen rivalry gets the best out of Anderson SilvaPosted on July 8, 2012, 05:48 PM by Anton Gurevich
In some way, Anderson Silva needed the rivalry with Chael Sonnen to define his legacy as a fighter. Sonnen got the best out of Anderson Silva in two memorable encounters that instantly erased the memory of his arch nemesis’ embarrassing performances against Thales Leites and Demian Maia. The rivalry with Chael Sonnen is an important chapter in Anderson Silva’s career. It came in the most critical moment for the bored genius, who’s nothing but spectacular after his first encounter with the Oregonian at UFC 117.
Many fans forget that Anderson Silva spoke about retirement before facing Patrick Cote at UFC 90. Chael Sonnen in some way resurrected Silva’s career, and helped him to re-gain the passion for Mixed Martial Arts.
Inside the Octagon, Anderson Silva once again displayed an amazing ability to capitalize on his opponent’s mistakes. He’s an opportunist, and that’s exactly what makes him the best. Unfortunately for Sonnen, he learned that in a hard way. The Gangster from West Linn, Oregon, pulled the trigger too early with a spinning backfist that put him in the worst possible position.
So Who’s next for Silva?
Mark Munoz seems like a great contender, if he manages to defeat Chris Weidman at next weekend’s card in San Jose, California. Munoz is one of the most decorated wrestlers currently competing in Mixed Martial Arts, while his vicious ground and pound could make the difference against Silva. Michael Bisping is also in the mix, but personally, I think the Brit is still two fights away from a title shot.
The dark horse of UFC middleweight division is Hector Lombard. Former Bellator champ has a tremendous KO power in both hands, which could result in a very interesting match-up with Silva. Lombard will face Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 later this month, looking to prove he has what it takes to become a title contender in the UFC. One way or another, UFC middleweight division has more than enough options for "The Spider".