Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans in Brazil and abroad have been crazed about watching middleweight champion Anderson Silva for almost a half-decade and that is not about to change.
UFC president Dana White announced at the UFC 155 post-fight press conference that Silva recently signed a ten-fight UFC contract. This means "The Spider" will look to retain his throne for another five years or so -- a plausible act!
It's especially great news for rising MMA fighters like Luke Rockhold, Alan Belcher and Costas Philippou, as it means Silva will be around to defend his UFC middleweight strap many more times. For now though, Silva has a tall task ahead of him against undefeated rising star, Chris Weidman. If he can once again emerge victorious, expect potential mega-fights against either Georges St. Pierre or Jon "Bones" Jones.
One must contemplate the irrefutable decline all fighters must concede. I have interviewed declining boxers in the past, and every single one told me the same thing: "My mind knows what to do, but my body simply cannot."
Right now, Silva's biggest threat is Jon Jones -- A man who'll enjoy a major height and reach advantage if the two mixed martial art fighters ever meet. Per his nickname "Bones," Jon is one of the rangiest light-heavyweights to ever compete in any combat sports.
While Chris Weidman, George St. Pierre or any of the middleweights mentioned previously might be able to upset the MMA legend one day with a little bit of luck, Jon Jones remains the biggest threat to the Spider's reign.
Booking a Silva vs. Jones fight won't be easy for UFC matchmakers, even though Dana White soothes the MMA media and fans every time questioned. It's simply a difficult fight to get inked in, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao of mixed martial arts - Bulky wallets may be filled even more, but one mistake could terminate so much for either fighter.
With a fighter like Silva, one trip up, one flaw, one "whoops!" mishap, and the next thing you will see is the cage-side doctor hoisting you up onto a stool and checking your vitals.
Original article by David King:http://sports.yahoo.com/news/does-future-hold-anderson-silva-114900045--mma.html
Revised by Corey Quincy