Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Anderson Silva is on the sidelines -- indefinitely -- after breaking his leg against Chris Weidman in the UFC 168 main event last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That said, it may be a bit premature to start fantasy matchmaking.
Not that it has stopped "The Spider," who asked for a tune-up fight against Roy Jones Jr. before making his triumphant return to mixed martial arts (MMA), probably because there are no leg kicks, takedowns or foot stomps in the "sweet science."
As for UFC President Dana White?
Any and all talk of who Silva will be fighting is "driving him crazy," according to comments he made at this week's media scrum (watch it here), and he wants to stop talking about it until the Brazilian is actually in a position to start training again
"This stuff drives me crazy. But it's always interesting with Anderson. I don't know. We'll see. Anderson is a long way away from throwing a punch or a kick or anything, so let's see how he recovers before we start talking about fights."
Silva has been rambling on about a potential Jones Jr. fight for the better part of seven years, despite being locked up with an exclusive contract with UFC. His most recent deal (details) keeps him tethered to the Octagon for another eight fights, and retiring doesn't free him of the fence.