This past weekend (Oct. 13, 2012), Anderson Silva showed why he is sitting comfortably atop the mixed martial arts (MMA) world and why he has been ruling the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight division for the past six years.
For nearly five minutes, "The Spider" took his time and even toyed around with Stephan Bonnar in their light heavyweight collision at UFC 153, dropping his hands and leaning against the cage, daring the "American Psycho" to hit him with his best shot, in what was a seemingly effortless performance.
After a couple of clean punches landed flush on Silva's chin, which where to no avail, the Brazilian bomber eventually went into attack mode and delivered a paralyzing knee to the solar plexus of Bonnar, sending him crashing to the canvas and securing consecutive win number 17 for the 185-pound champion.
Sure, naysayers out there may say the win and impressive performance was expected.
After all, it was done against a 35-year old man who has been involved in plenty of grueling battles that have worn his body down throughout his tenure with the world's leading MMA promotion and is seemingly on his way out of the sport.
But, how can Silva, who has proven to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the word time after time, fare against a much younger opponent such as the consensus number one undefeated (9-0, 5-0 UFC) middleweight contender, Chris Weidman?
Anderson answered that very question at the UFC 153 post-fight press conference in Brazil:
‘I think all athletes in this division will get their opportunity in going for the title. I don't have any intention of fighting with him (Wiedman). I still think he has a lot to do in the UFC. I am in a comfortable position and I am no longer a child, I am 37 years old, he's a kid that is starting. Obviously, this might happen, but, I have two fights on my contract and I think one of them will be with St. Pierre and I don't really have an intention in fighting with him (Weidman) because I'm not a fool. I'm already an oldie, you know?'
"All American" was in attendance in Rio, presumably eager to have his chance to campaign personally for a shot at Silva should he prevail over Bonnar. However, Anderson, who is still performing at a high level at the age of 37, is dead set on a ‘superfight' against UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre, before his time in the sport runs out.
With only two fights left on his current contract, Anderson's time seems to be very precious and spending one of those fights on someone who is not rich in experience and quality victories such as Weidman, seems to be at the bottom of "The Spider's" priority list.
How about it Maniacs, is Silva being honest in inferring that he is too old to face someone as young as Wiedman? Or is he just killing the fight softly with kind words to not have to say Chris doesn't deserve to share the Octagon with him at all at the moment?