What Does the Future Hold for Anderson Silva?

MMA fans have enjoyed watching Anderson Silva in action for years and the fun isn’t about to stop anytime soon.

UFC president Dana White revealed at the UFC 155 post-fight press conference that Silva is set to sign a 10-fight contract with the UFC, meaning “The Spider” will probably be around for another four years or so.

It’s welcome news for guys like Chris Weidman and Hector Lombard as it means they’ll eventually get a shot at Silva if they keep winning fights. It’s also great news for UFC matchmakers, as it gives them a lot more time to pursue a superfight against Jon Jones or Georges St. Pierre.

It’s still unsure if the highly anticipated bouts will ever happen though, as there seems to be a common trend in all the talks about potential superfights: the smaller champions don’t want any part of the bigger guy.

Fortunately for MMA fans, Silva is as entertaining as it gets inside the Octagon, and given how good he looked during his two fights in 2012, I’m sure he still has many more spectacular performances left in him regardless of who his future opponents are.

If he doesn’t end up fighting Jones or GSP next (which will probably be the case), his next opponent will be Michael Bisping, provided the Brit can beat Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7.

At 37 years old, Silva’s skills will eventually start to decline, so keeping his undefeated record intact for a few more years won’t be an easy task. If there’s one consistent truth in sports, it’s the fact that even the greatest athletes in the world eventually decline.

Luckily for Silva, it doesn’t seem like his would-be vanquisher is in the UFC, as he’s truly in a class all by himself in terms of skills and poise under pressure.

From his pinpoint accurate and devastating strikes, to his underrated takedown defense — Chael Sonnen’s dominant performance at UFC 117 probably has something to do with that — Silva excels at every facet of MMA.

Right now, the biggest threat to Silva’s legacy is Jones, as the UFC’s light heavyweight champion also possesses unique attributes. Jones’ 84.5 inch reach causes problems for even technically proficient strikers like Lyoto Machida, and his ability to put his opponents on their backs and brutalize them with elbows makes him a dangerous opponent for any MMA fighter. Especially considering the way he manhandled gifted wrestlers like Matt Hamill and Ryan Bader on his way to the UFC’s light heavyweight title.

Organizing a Silva vs. Jones superfight won’t be an easy task for UFC matchmakers, but there’s a small possibility that the fight will eventually get made. After all, there will be lots of money for all involved.

A Silva vs. GSP bout is the next best thing to a Silva-Jones matchup, but it seems a bit one-sided. Unlike the Silva-Jones matchup which can go either way, GSP’s chances against Silva are slim. The Canadian’s best bet would be try to grind his way to victory, but he’ll have to be perfect inside the Octagon to pull it off.

Against Silva, one mistake is simply too much, which is why he’s the undisputed pound-for-pound king in MMA.

As crazy at it seems, Anderson Silva might actually fulfill his new 10-fight contract with his undefeated UFC record intact.

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 8 years. Follow him on Twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.


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