The UFC needs a rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman
If Anderson Silva is bored with the middleweight division, why not tell Dana White that he wants to move up to Light Heavyweight permanently? Did he have to lose the title to leave the division? Dana White wants to make money at any cost and will get every penny he can out of Anderson Silva before he retires. Silva cleaned out the middleweight division to the point where he was taking and winning fights at Light Heavyweight. Dan Henderson at one point in his career was the Pride middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion. I’m inclined to believe Anderson Silva could have whatever fight he wanted.
Now while this may come across as a slight to the new champion, if Silva wanted to take a longer break from the division due to boredom, I’m sure Dana White would’ve allowed him at least one fight of his choice prior to fighting Weidman. Would anyone have cried injustice for Weidman had Silva moved up to Light Heavyweight and fought Rashad Evans or Shogun Rua for example? Could you imagine the buzz and potential PPV buyrate for those fights?
Obviously the biggest fight still out there is Silva vs. Jon Jones. Only negative there is neither guy wanted to fight the other in fear of tarnishing their legacy; which was selfish in terms of looking out for the best interest of the company and the fans. However, does that now change? Jon Jones was very vocal on twitter about Anderson’s performance. I just wonder if Anderson would first need to avenge his loss against Weidman in order for a fight against Jones or GSP to have the same drawing power.
And it appeared Anderson has no idea what he wants; as his post-fight interview may have been one of the more confusing things I’ve ever heard. Joe Rogan was also perplexed to say the least, and I don’t believe it had anything to do with Silva doing his best to speak English. Did the UFC make a mistake in signing him to such a contract if he now looks disinterested in fighting?
And albeit Weidman did KO Silva while being disrespected, if Silva opts not to take the rematch, will that decision have a negative impact on the future of the middleweight division? Who wouldn’t want to see if Weidman can actually beat Silva if he were fighting seriously? I’m not trying to take credibility away from Weidman, because that wouldn’t be fair to him. I just feel his reign as champion may always be in question if he never fights Anderson Silva again.
The UFC has to do everything in its power to make sure Anderson Silva fights Chris Weidman one more time.