Ever since the freak accident of Anderson Silva shattering his leg on the knee of current middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168 last December, questions swirled about if “The Spider” would ever compete again. Now that Silva is set to make his miraculous return against Nick Diaz in the main event of January 31’s UFC 183, it isn’t surprising that speculation has already surfaced about a possible Weidman vs. Silva III matchup.
Although Weidman has a challenge in front of him in the form of Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, would it really be that surprising, granted both men pass their current tests, for a third match to go down for the belt? There is also the fact that despite Weidman finished both fights, the legitimacy of both wins will always be questioned.
At a Q&A session in Sydney, Australia being held prior to tonight’s (Fri. November 7, 2014) UFC Fight Night 55, the champion was asked about a third fight with “The Spider”:
“If that’s what the people want to see, then it’ll happen. Easy payday? Yeah, pretty much. With all due respect.”
Weidman seems extremely confident in his chances if this fight were to actually happen. And can you really fault him for feeling this way?
It is quite obvious that Silva is arguably the greatest fighter to ever grace the cage. But at 39 years old and coming off of a violent injury, does the Brazilian legend really have anything to offer the well-rounded champion? It’s hard to say, as it will definitely depend on what form “The Spider” returns to on January 31, 2015.
If each man beats their next opponent and the stars align for what could possibly be the biggest fight in UFC history, would you want to see the two go at it for a third time to see if all of our questions can finally be answered?