If "The Phenom" is riding the pine until the middleweight title puzzle sorts itself out at UFC 168 in December, then it would be in his best interest if the "All American" retained his 185-pound strap, as it may be the only way he gets a second crack at the division crown.
"I don't think so. What was supposed to be done was done. Of course, we are employees of the UFC, but I don't like to fight against Brazilians. I don't see that possibility."
And Silva isn't the only one who feels that way.
Belfort was squished by "The Spider" when they first met for the title back at UFC 126, and though Silva has a whopping nine fights to fulfill on his new contract, there hasn't been much demand from the mixed martial arts (MMA) fan base when it comes to a redux.
And if Silva does beat Weidman on Dec. 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, you can go ahead and book the trilogy. Unless something dramatic happens in the 185-pound division that would lead matchmakers to reconsider.
Something like this, perhaps.