Questions as to UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s (23-4) next fight have apparently been answered. Rumors are abound across the MMA wires about “The Spider” making a title defense against fellow Brazilian, Thales Leites (14-1) when the organization makes its way to Canada for a second time. The fight will likely take place some time in April April 18 @ UFC 97, word has it.
Thales has won his past five fights inside the Octagon, which includes a controversial bout against Nate Marquardt. Anderson is undefeated in the UFC, and has strung together a long, dominant reign as champ at 185 lbs. There’s a problem with this match-up though; it doesn’t make sense.
I know the luster of an Anderson Silva fight is exciting in itself, but that’s not enough to warrant this Thales fight. Silva is likely retiring from MMA in the not-too-distant future and his Octagon appearances need to be superfights from here on out. Opponents such as GSP and top contenders in the light-heavyweight division will not only give the fans what we deserve to see, make the UFC a ton of money, but further cement The Spider’s legacy.
Anderson’s proved he is the best UFC middleweight, time and time again. In fact, the argument can easily be made that he is the best middleweight ever. That being the case, it’s time for the top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world to be offered bouts that are that of the aforementioned “superfight” status.
Dana White, Joe Silva, I plead to you… GSP and Penn get to clash in their match-up for the ages, so why not Silva?