In the time that Anderson Silva has been away from the fight game, the middleweight division that he once ruled has shifted fairly dramatically. The man who took his title and later defended it against him, Chris Weidman, is no longer the champion.
The belt now belongs to Luke Rockhold, who defeated Weidman in December at UFC 194. Though now that it looks like the UFC is opting to book a rematch between Weidman and Rockhold at UFC 199 in June, there’s still some possibility out there. With Silva slated to return to action Saturday against Michael Bisping in London at UFC Fight Night 84, it would appear that the winner of that fight could make some ripples at the top of the division.
In other words, Silva has a path back to the title — if not right away, then later in the year — so long as Weidman isn’t the one holding the belt.
Ed Soares, Silva’s longtime manager and friend, said that he believes “The Spider” wants to prove his doubters wrong.
“At the end of the day that will be a decision the UFC makes,” Soares told MMA Fighting recently. “But I believe…Anderson’s always told me, I don’t think I’m the best, I just believe I can do things that people think are impossible. And I think a lot of people right now are thinking Anderson Silva becoming the champion again is impossible. So I think that potentially motivated him. Just people doubting him has motivated him.
“But he’s happy right now. And I think that if Anderson wants to become a champion in his heart, I think that’s he’s the guy who can do it.”
Between 2006, when he debuted brilliantly against Chris Leben, until 2013, when he lost to Weidman, ….View full article
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