Although it remains to be seen whether Anderson Silva decides to continue fighting and make another title run, the man he could face for a third time, hopes “The Spider” doesn’t.
Of course, that man is reigning UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman, who has stopped Silva on two occasions. Heading into UFC 183, Dana White said Silva could lock up another title fight if he defeated Nick Diaz, and now that he’s won, the MMA world is waiting to see what the legend decides to do. Following Silva’s win on Saturday, the soon to be 40 year-old, said he wants to discuss his future with his family, before deciding his next move.
Well, Weidman appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour” recently, and here is what the “All American” had to say about Silva (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Being the champion, I know this ends up going further than I’d even want my comments to go, because my opinion, I don’t think, really matters that much and I don’t want it to weigh on him at all,” Weidman said. “But me as a fan, if I’m just a normal person, I want to see him done.
“As Chris Weidman, as me, it’s a big money fight, a third fight eventually. But I’d really just like to see him retire. I think he’s got a great family, he’s got five kids, he’s made a lot of money, he has a great legacy. He just won a fight. I wouldn’t mind seeing him retire on a ‘W’.”
It certainly seems like Weidman isn’t alone on this. Sure, Silva was fighting for the first time since he broke his leg in 2013, and appeared to be pretty nervous and rusty, but you have to really wonder if he’s capable of defeating a beast like Weidman at this stage of his career. Of course, a lot of people want to see him try.
And what did Weidman think of the UFC 183 headliner? The powerful wrestler said the fight was “very weird” and also argued that Silva did not look “impressive.”
As far as the middleweight champ’s next bout, recently Weidman had to pull out of a February 28th bout with Vitor Belfort due to a rib injury. The way things look right now, that fight will likely get rebooked for late spring, early summer.