Will Anderson Silva struggle within the UFC once more?
MMA noticed one of many best to ever do it reign supreme for practically a decade within the UFC’s middleweight division. The person with probably the most dominant title runs, Anderson Silva, did all of it. He beat the most effective, he outlined an period and he grew to become the person to beat for years. Throughout generations actually. Beginning with Wealthy Franklin and ending with Chris Weidman, Silva for seven years was the boogeyman of the UFC.
Now he’s not even beneath contract anymore.
Gearing up for his boxing return this Saturday towards Julio Cesar de Jesus, Silva is not a UFC fighter. As a substitute, he’s hoping to make his return to boxing a profitable one as he tries to get his second boxing victory in his profession. His first got here towards de Jesus sarcastically sufficient in 2005.
Silva is a wonderful striker and as soon as even tried to struggle Roy Jones Jr., however the struggle by no means materialized. Whereas at 46, nobody expects Silva to show right into a full-time boxer, Silva seems to be extra anxious about having enjoyable.
Anderson Silva vs. Uriah Corridor was his final UFC struggle
Silva fought within the Octagon for the final time (in all probability) when he misplaced to Uriah Corridor at UFC Vegas 12 on Halloween 2020.
UFC president Dana White has a historical past of milking fighters previous their expiration date. Mark Coleman, Ken Shamrock, James Toney, B.J. Penn, Diego Sanchez, and Anderson Silva himself, have all been bled dry by White, gone the place they need to’ve been. But, as soon as that fighter is lastly squeezed dry, there aren’t any returns to the UFC for preventing.
Whereas Silva will not be retired from the world of MMA simply but, he’s greater than finished within the UFC. White has to reply to the individuals who run his guardian firm, Endeavor, and parading out near-50-year-old males to get head accidents is a nasty search for a publicly traded firm. Particularly with the rise of suspected CTE points in MMA beginning to pop up among the many older technology of fighters.
It appears unlikely White would ever deliver Silva again beneath the UFC banner, however Silva may pop up someplace like PFL.
For proper now, nevertheless, it appears to be like like Silva needs to dip his toes into the boxing pool and see how far deep he can really go.