The clock is ticking on Anderson Silva’s MMA career. He’s got 5 fights left on his existing UFC contract and all signs point towards him walking away at the end of that so he can box Roy Jones Jr.
For this reason, I’ve been uber-critical of the UFC for wasting our time with Patrick Cote and Thales Leites title shots. And while a Demian Maia title shot isn’t exactly Anderson Silva vs Georges St Pierre or Anderson Silva at 205, it IS a legitimate contender getting his turn. So I look at this news as a positive thing:
A source close the camp of UFC middleweight contender Demian Maia has informed Cage Potato that the Brazilian is expected to be offered the next middleweight title shot against the winner of the Anderson Silva/Thales Leites bout (in other words, Silva) late this summer.
There’s no official date set, but our source says Maia’s camp is expecting the bout to take place in late August, which would most likely put it at UFC 102 in Portland, Ore. The middleweight title bout would certainly bolster a card that’s rumored to be headlined by Randy Couture returning home to the Pacific Northwest to take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
So Thales Leites is the Spider’s 5th last fight and Demian Maia is his 4th. You have to figure the winner of Bisping-Henderson will be #3, so that leaves us with 2 fights left that haven’t been sorted out. The world would be a less beautiful place if Anderson and Georges don’t tie up, so let’s lock that one in there as well. This leaves ONE mystery fight left for the UFC to book. Who do you think gets it?