With a win against Nick Diaz at UFC183, Anderson Silva will get the next shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s middleweight title. It’s a bit of a shocker, given the fact Silva has lost twice to current middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Sure, you can argue that Silva simply got caught during his first tilt against Weidman, and you can also point out the fact a freak leg break brought their second showdown to an early end.
What can’t be argued against is the fact Weidman dominated pretty much every second of their second encounter, and it’s hard to see the 39-year-old Silva doing much better during a third tilt, especially after suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in the UFC’s history.
The fact is, the best fighter in MMA history is no longer in his prime, and Weidman has already proved that twice.
Chris Weidman is also an awful stylistic matchup for Anderson Silva. He’s an excellent wrestler, which is something “The Spider” has struggled with at times during his MMA career, and his striking is a lot more technically proficient than most people give him credit for. Even in the improbable event Weidman found himself unable to take Silva down during a third fight, it’s highly unlikely Anderson will be able to run through him with strikes.
Of course, if Vitor Belfort ends up dethroning Weidman at UFC 184 when the two collide for the middleweight strap, then a Silva title shot starts to make sense. Silva “posterized” Vitor with a beautiful front kick that knocked “The Phenom” out cold, a finish that is still considered one of the best KOs in UFC history.
A rematch between the two has been on the mind of many MMA fans ever since Belfort started his impressive run, racking up vicious knockouts against top middleweights like Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. Heck, this guy almost dethroned Jon Jones at UFC 152. Many would have tapped to the armbar he had secured tightly on “Bones.”
Of course, Anderson Silva still has to get past Nick Diaz, who will surely be looking to add a legend to his resume, before he gets a title shot against Weidman or Belfort.
It’ll be interesting to see if Silva is reluctant to throw low kicks, because if he isn’t, Diaz is in a world of trouble.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.