Anderson Silva's future?
Anderson Silva has struck up talk once again of his post-UFC plans. In a recent interview with Portal das Lutas (by way of Fiveouncesofpain.com), Silva was quoted as saying: “After my contract with the UFC ends and end my career in MMA, I intend to have a boxing match with Roy Jones. That’s something that’s already been arranged, it’s all practically a done deal. Now I just have to wait and see.”
When I interviewed Silva, he mentioned the Roy Jones Jr. stuff but didn’t seem too broken up over it. Now it’s become a major focus for him again, which should have MMA fans concerned. In the eyes of many (myself included), Silva is the most talented pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He’s been the top guy in the UFC for some time now, and has put together a dominant middleweight title reign.
It’s not like Silva will be gone anytime soon as he still has five fights left on his contract, but if he really intends to leave, you’d hope the UFC would start giving him superfights. Bouts with Chuck Liddell and Georges St. Pierre have been rumored in the past. Those would be intriguing bouts, but fighting Thales Leites at UFC 97? Not as much.
Silva said he wants to fight the best and has toyed with moving up to light heavyweight and if he only has five fights left, who do you want to see on that list of opponents? Obviously, the UFC probably wouldn’t want to invest a great deal into a fighter who may be gone in two years, but if you could pair him up with anyone, what would you want to see before he’s gone?
Liddell and St. Pierre would be on my list. I think Rashad Evans and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson might not be bad either. Either way, if he’s really going to retire from MMA after his current contract is up, hopefully we’ll get to see him go out with some huge fights.