If you thought Anderson Silva’s loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 162 meant you’d never have to read another darn article about potential super-fights featuring “The Spider” against either welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre or light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones… you were wrong.
Even with Silva’s second-round knockout loss to Weidman on July 6, his manager, Ed Soares, still thinks both super-fights are viable options.
“I think the super-fights are still on the table,” Soares said during an appearance on Sherdog Radio. “I think right now the super-fights are in the future, but right now what should be on everyone’s mind should be the rematch with Chris Weidman. … If he comes back and beats Chris Weidman, I don’t see the reason why the super-fights can’t happen.”
While it seems like Soares is trolling at first glance, his comments aren’t completely inaccurate.
If Silva is able to reclaim the middleweight title when he squares up against Weidman for the second time at UFC 168 set for Dec. 28, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, it’s highly likely that a decent number of MMA fans would instantly develop selective amnesia.
It would be as if the UFC 162 loss to Weidman never happened, thus making a Silva (33-5-0, 20 KOs) vs. GSP (24-2-0, 8 KOs) bout a viable option, particularly if Silva wins in a devastating manner. GSP himself dealt with a humiliating knockout loss to Matt Serra at UFC 69, yet memories of that loss quickly faded after Georges brutalized “The Terror” during their rematch.
Unfortunately, GSP doesn’t seem to want any part of Silva, so the chances of the super-fight ever happening are slim to none. Still, it wouldn’t be fair to blame the Canadian for his stance, as the matchup favors Silva on paper.
Let’s talk about Jon Jones (18-1-0, 9 KOs).
A Silva vs. Jones bout would still be a major event, but the former’s loss to Weidman affected its value more than a potential bout against GSP. Given the fact Weidman was able to keep Silva grounded for the first three minutes of their UFC 162 bout, and the amount of the time The Spider spent on his back against Chael Sonnen during their two encounters; Anderson would likely spend a lot of time on his back against Jones — who is clearly the best MMA wrestler in the UFC. Unlike Sonnen and Weidman, most don’t survive much longer once Jones puts them on their back and starts unleashing elbows.
It’s a matchup that could easily go bad for Silva, which is why it’s hard to blame him for not wanting any part of the bigger, rangier Jones.
Would you want to compete against someone who was virtually as talented as you were but 20 pounds larger in a brutal sport like MMA?