Anderson Silva is clearly getting bored with the UFC's middleweight division, where he has been tearing through the competition, and has already defended his title successfully 6 times against the best fighters the UFC has to offer. So now, he's left to post videos on YouTube of himself impersonating fighters like Lyoto Machida, Chuck Liddell, Kimbo Slice, Tank Abbott, Royce Gracie, Wanderlei Silva, and Randy Couture.
Seriously, though, Silva's dominance of the middleweight division has brought out all kinds of rumors, from the possibility of him vacating his middleweight belt and fighting full time at light heavyweight, or possibly fighting in a rematch against Dan Henderson for the middleweight title.
Last time they fought, Silva choked out Henderson late in the 2nd round. Now, his manager is saying that Dan Henderson isn't really a legitimate title contender yet, and the better match would be against the winner of Nate Marquardt and Demian Maia. Personally, I would like to see Henderson fight the winner of that fight, and then the winner could fight Silva. Anderson has already beaten Henderson and Marquardt, and although Maia has been dominant and is undefeated in the UFC, he's a lot like Thales Leites, who was beaten by Silva in a 5-round snoozefest, thanks to Leites' complete lack of aggression.
Another reason I would like to see them fight more before getting a shot at Silva is because he has already hinted at retirement after his current contract expires. He has 3 fights remaining, and I would prefer to see as many of those fights as possible come against the best possible opponents. For the most part, those fighters are in the 205 lb weight class.
Silva needs to fight another top contender at light heavyweight, and then perhaps defend his belt against Henderson, Maia or Marquardt, and then he needs to fight for the light heavyweight title, assuming he keeps winning. While he says that he has nothing left to prove to anyone, I think it would be interesting to see him attempt to hold belts in multiple weight classes, and defend both of them for a decent amount of time. I honestly think it's possible.
Silva's manager, Ed Soares, says he wants to give Anderson the biggest challenge possible. Yet he still says that Silva won't fight his close friend and training partner, current light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida. Somewhere along the line, that might have to change that policy, especially with the way Silva toyed with Forrest Griffin at UFC 101. That fight was a joke, and Silva was never in any danger whatsoever.
So here's what we know:
- Anderson Silva isn't vacating his middleweight title to fight permanently at 205
- Silva won't fight Machida
- He still wants a challenge at both weight classes
Anderson Silva may not have much time left in the UFC, and Dana White will have to get creative to give Silva a challenge and keep the fans interested. If not Henderson or Machida, who do you think Silva should fight next?