Is Team "Spider" overlooking Chris Weidman?
Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva, is quickly approaching the end of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Despite a new, 10-fight contract signed earlier this year, the Brazilian is now 38 years old.
"Spider" trainer Rogerio Camoes envisions a scenario where Silva faces off against Jon Jones in New York, defeating the light heavyweight champion and retiring from combat sports. You know, after he beats Chris Weidman over Fourth of July Weekend.
"After this fight against Chris Weidman, perhaps Jones in New York and we will prepare for it. We never choose the fighter, but I would like to see this fight against Jones, yes. I think Anderson deserves to end up with this story that he is the best fighter. I wanted to see this as his last fight career. He wins and retires."
Silva isn't going anywhere for the time being.
Weidman has a chance to make this a moot point when he challenges "The Spider" for the 185-pound strap in the main event of the upcoming UFC 162: "Silva vs. Weidman" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 6, 2013.
"Bones," meanwhile, just had the stitches removed from his mangled toe.
Once he's back on his feet, literally, Jones has some unfinished business at 205 pounds. Dan Henderson will be looking for his shot -- assuming he gets past Rashad Evans at UFC 161 in Winnipeg -- as will Lyoto Machida and Alexander Gustafsson, unless they first fight each other.