With ten fights on the horizon, where does Anderson Silva go from here?


With the recent news that longtime UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva has signed a 10-fight contract extension, speculation around his next several fights should begin to run rampant in the New Year. True, talk of a superfight between him and Georges St. Pierre or more recently Jon Jones has been the subject of many a discussion. But neither of those fights seem to be gathering much momentum, as St. Pierre faces a litany of challengers at Welterweight beginning with Nick Diaz, while Jones finds himself as coach on The Ultimate Fighter, set to face off with Chael Sonnen in April.

Those fights, although guaranteed to happen by Dana White, would seem to have a ton of red tape surrounding their actual scheduling. Silva has seemed eager to fight the smaller man in GSP, but more reluctant to face Light Heavyweight champion Jones. And after all, he may have a point here. While great for the fans, the Jones fight may be a sort of paradoxical for Silva and his legacy. Win, and he’s still the best fighter to ever step into the Octagon. Lose, and he’s now playing second fiddle to Jones in the eyes of many. At that point, Jones will have simply beaten too many former champions to deny.

So that brings us to the Middleweight division, where Silva will surely defend his belt a few more times before retiring. A small logjam was cleared up at UFC 155, as potential top contenders Alan Belcher and Tim Boetsch both lost, paving the road for Michael Bisping to finally step into a title shot. However, he must first get past Vitor Belfort on January 19th, which is not an easy task. Should Belfort knock Bisping out, does he deserve a rematch at Silva? That’s fight that some may want to see. Costa Philippou is another fighter who may get a shot at the 185 lb. belt, but he needs to put together a few more wins first. Hector Lombard could also be a good matchup if he goes on an impressive streak. Chris Weidman, although injured, remains near the top of the division.

With all this being speculation at this point, coupled with the fact that Anderson Silva has stated he will fight next in late 2013, would make it seem that his next bout is up in the air, let alone his next 10. Silva is an almost superhuman competitor, and while getting up in age at 37 years old, he has taken very little damage in demolishing all of the combatants the UFC has thrown his way. If anyone has that much gas left in the tank at 37, it’s Silva. On the other hand, ten fights is a ton, and will most likely take at least five years at the current pace.

Who do you want to see Silva fight in his final ten? What does he have left to prove? I’m sure he is looking to protect his already impressive legacy and attempt to go out undefeated. This is entirely possible, as I see Jones as the only serious threat among currently talked about fights for Silva. GSP could be a great match, but St. Pierre has appeared very unmotivated to step into the cage with Silva in a bout that’s been rumored for almost four years now. The future is uncertain, yes, but rest assured it’s going to be a wild ride. 

  • I can't wait. I'm really hoping these 10 fights happen.

    Wiedman, Bisping, Lombard, GSP, Jones. And who knows! Maybe Luke Rockhold, Rory McDonald, Abel Trujillo and a bunch of other fresh new competitors.

  • Abel Trujillo? Are you kidding me?..

  • I don't think for a second Silva will fight ten more times. The more one thinks about it, the stupider it becomes. If he takes two fights a year, it has him fighting until he's (basically) 44. I just don't see The Spider doing it.

    I'm tired of hearing about super-fights, so let us only consider the 185 division. There are some potentially interesting fights, in terms of Weidman and Lombard. Yes, I'd like to see Vitor get a re-match if he beats Bisping. To be honest, I don't know what the options are for Anderson, if he doesn't get the winner of that bout.

    I'm also tired of hearing about a long lay off. If he wants a long lay off, give up the belt and come back and fight for it again, the way GSP did. It's only fair to the division. And lets be honest 185 has to be the weakest division in The UFC. Right now, it's almost sad how weak it is. It's almost to a point of Champ over what? Sorry if that's a brutal way to put it, but I think it's the truth. Compared to the other divisions, particularly 155 and 170, it's a joke.

    Maybe Silva could fight Tim Credeur, Nick Ring or do a third fight with Rich Franklin, if Bisping loses and Dana doesn't want to let Belfort have a re-match. Personally, I think it's going to be a long boring year @ 185.

    • Your dumb silva can do it especially if Hendo is doing it and couture surpassed it

      • @ Jr.

        I think you're dumb. To be more specific, I don't think you know jack-squat about MMA, The UFC, the 185 division in The UFC, Anderson Silva or his future plans.

        For your edification, Silva has made his intentions to retire sooner, rather than later, known for quite some time. And unlike the two great fighters you named, he is a long-time reigning Champ, who has made millions from his fight and makes millions more in endoresements and will continue to do so, long after his retirement. In short, he doesn't need the fame, money or more record to prove or establish his legacy. And un-like Randy, he's still capable of fighting and beating the best in his division. And un-like Hendo, he is a current and reigning Champion, not one looking for a belt, which is what Henderson is trying to do. That is if he can ever get his knee healed up and climb back in the ring.

        The question here is, not can Silva continue to 44, but rather, does he want to and the answer on that question is going to be no. He has no need to. He has not desire to. He has said as much. A ten fight contract is nothing but a marketing ploy on his behalf, to get the most out of The UFC (on a per fight basis) for whatever fights he may have left. My guess will be Anderson won't fight more than five more times.

        You should know all of this and if you do not, then you, Sir, are dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

  • He should be stripped of the belt if he isn't prepared to defend properly as a true champion should. Sadly the MW division is still pretty shallow. I certainly hope to see Silva fight Bisping as I think it makes for a good fight, assuming Bisping can beat Belfort which he probably will so long as he learns to avoid the overhand right. Otherwise h may never get a shot at Silva.

    Silva knows against Jones there's a very strong chance he will get taken down and brutally smashed.He knows against GSP he has massive physical advantages. But he should also know that a loss to Jones does not diminish his standing but were he to lose to a smaller GSP his status would be smashed forever. Jones is much younger, a new breed who has learned from the pioneers, who is bigger, and I his own way at least as skilful (more IMHO) and the only advantage SIlva has over Jones is experience and timing of strikes which is still unsurpassed in MMA to this day.

    I would not usually think SIlva should be pressured to fight Jones since they are different divisions but since he seems to either what to fight bums or go after an all time great like GSP because he knows he has a physical advantage then he deserves to get fed to Jones as he is a young all time great but of similar physique albeit more muscular.

  • he should fight Belfort after Belfort KO's Bisping on the rematch on Brazil
    since hes too scare to fight the Top Fighters at 205.
    Weidman, Munoz , Okami, Belcher are just easy fights for Silva the MW division is just too weak, if he really wants a challenge he should fight Jones !
    If not Jones at least Rampage or Rashad or Gustafsson

    • The whole "he is too scared to fight the Top fighters at 205" is getting old, man. You've been saying the same thing over and over for years now. I remember the days when you thought he was too scared to fight Chael after he made him tap, then he was too scared to fight Belfort, okami and many more. Dude, give credit where credit is due.

  • I agree that the 185 div is a little shallower then most; however, with that being said look at why it has become shallow. Top guys who had the chance to fight Silva switch weight divisions. If JJ wasn't a part of the 205 lb picture, I would say Silva would probably be the champ there as well….along with the 170 div.

    I'm not a huge fan of AS, but the guy is a beast and IMO he is hands down the best MMA practitioner to ever step into the Octagon. Hes been able to outclass all of his opponents inside the cage, with the exception of the first Chael fight…but then again, he also stopped him before the bell.

  • This crap about 185 being shallow is as old as it is ridiculous. If Anderson wasn't fighting at 185 it would be an absolute shark tank. Okami, Belfort, Bisping, Phalares, Munoz, Weidman, Lombard, Le, etc,etc, all stack up very well against their counterparts in other divisions lb for lb. With guys like Jacare, Kenedy, Rockhold, etc, coming over from Strike force it is going to be even deeper.

    • IChokePeople: Well said. These people are saying that about the 185 division because Silva has been undefeated and dominant for way too long at 185 and quite frankly some of them are getting tired of that. If it wasn't for A.S, the 185 division would be just like the 205 division prior to Jones's arrival where the belt would go from one person to another. Yes, A.S is just that much better than everyone else in the world in the cage, let alone at 185 in the UFC, plain and simple.