What would you like to see Anderson Silva do next?
Frank Hyden, Columnist – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
If he’s happy being the gatekeeper type, so be it. Maybe you stick him in another fight against Chris Weidman? I think that whoever he fights, it should be on TV cards exclusively. Try to take advantage of whatever name awareness you can get from him to try to bolster TV cards. He shouldn’t be on pay-per-view because how many people are still willing to pay to see him fight? I’ve been a Silva fan for a long time but let’s be real, he’s not some big draw anymore. However, people will tune in if he’s on television fighting.
Christian Moore, MMATorch Contributor
Man, I have no idea. I could say Conor McGregor, but it won’t happen. I could say Nick Diaz, but anyone in their right mind would know that we won’t see Diaz in the UFC again. So I don’t know. What do I want to see? Nick gives me the most excitement. What will we see? Probably Silva/Weidman 3, or Silva vs a Uriah Hall type fighter. A fight that I would absolutely love though is Silva/Sonnen 3. It’s a HUGE fight, especially if it was made in Brazil, but we’ll only see this under Bellator so its very doubtful.
Sean Covington, Columnist – Covington’s Corner
I would like to see Anderson Silva fight Jon Jones and have a run into the light-heavyweight division. Silva has fought at 205 before and look good while doing it. Maybe a rematch with Cormier would be a good payday and a maybe he could redeem himself from his first performance against the champ champ. GSP is still a fight people really want to see. If Silva got a couple significant wins then he might become a legitimate contender and make some money main eventing, the way he already accustomed to. Bottom line is Anderson Silva still has a ton of money left to make in MMA and his fighting style keeps the wear and tear to a minimum, assuring us that he will be around longer than even he thought.
Gary Meigs, MMATorch Contributor
The fight that would move the needle the most would be against Conor McGregor. Both have stated a willingness for it. Anderson Silva asked that same question said, Nick Diaz. I see no interest in that fight. I don’t know the fascination with the lesser of the two Diaz brothers. When was the last time he won a fight?
Cole Henry, Host – MMA Scope Podcast
I would like to see him rebooked against Uriah Hall for the Curitiba card that’s coming up in a few months. Silva hasn’t stated his intentions to retire, and he appeared to still have gas in the tank, and who wouldn’t love to see Silva compete few more times?
Michael Hiscoe, MMATorch Managing Editor
I like the idea of the Uriah Hall fight. That’s a fight that was booked a couple of years ago but never happened. Similar to the Israel Adesanya fight, it’s the style of fight that Silva can look good in, but it’s a more winnable fight. You could argue that we are past the point where Hall can gain much from a win over Anderson Silva, not because beating Silva doesn’t carry value, but because Hall has had so many starts and stops in his momentum, I don’t know if beating Silva will get fans behind him. So if not that fight, maybe someone like Jared Cannonier could benefit from a win over Silva.