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Who’s Next for Anderson Silva?

With Anderson Silva creaming yet another opponent without breaking a sweat, the quest is on to find an opponent that’ll be able to put up a decent fight. Here’s our list of the guys who may possibly be in Anderson Silva’s future:

Georges St Pierre: Anderson Silva is P4P #1 in the world. He’s also the greatest fighter of all time. There used to be some debate about that, with some dude named GSP being the guy you could once make a case for. Not so much any more. If Georges wants to be known as the best, it’s his prerogative to move up and beat the best. Sure, Anderson will have a size advantage. No, that’s not a good enough reason for this fight to not happen.

Jon Jones: If GSP won’t move up, then Anderson should. Once he seemed interested in doing just that, but things changed a bit once his fellow Black House fighters Lyoto Machida and Lil Nog started vying for title contention. Jones is also one of the few people in the UFC that legitimately have a chance of beating Anderson. Yeah he’s untested, but thus far when it comes to his potential the sky has been the limit. The calls for this fight to happen are only going to get louder, but I doubt the UFC will put it together until Jones builds up some fame and has cleared out all the former champs clamoring for their turn against him. After Rampage, Rashad, and Machida, this makes sense.

Cain Velasquez: Anderson Silva has talked about jumping up to heavyweight before, and what’s he supposed to do? Let Dan Henderson pull it off and not give it a shot himself? A quick grab at multiple UFC belts is a great way to lock in that ‘greatest ever’ title, but isn’t likely to happen until camp mate Junior Dos Santos is out of the title picture. With a major weight advantage and the wrestling ability that had everyone buying Okami’s chances, Cain is probably the stiffest challenge for Anderson you’re going to find in the UFC.

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Shogun Rua: Anderson vs Vitor was the fight that tipped the scales for the UFC in Brazil, apparently. There’s nothing hot blooded South Americans love more than two local heroes fighting for superiority, and this is the kind of fight that could help the UFC fill up that stadium they’re eyeballing. While it’ll probably take another ass kicking or two delivered against serious competition before anyone really buys Shogun’s chances, it would still be a sick fight. More importantly, it would sell.

Dan Henderson: Dan has said he’s not all that interested in fighting at 185, but fighting Anderson Silva is a different matter all together. Sure, the result would probably be the same. Hendo might be riding a mega hype wave but recent wins against Babalu, Feijao, and Fedor aren’t really enough to overlook how he was thoroughly dominated the first time he faced the Spider. Maybe a high profile win against someone like Shogun on Fox could change that though…

Chael Sonnen: Chael came the closest to beating Anderson Silva out of all his opponents. Sure, you can say that was probably because Anderson was suffering from a rib injury. But are we supposed to just take Silva’s camp at their word that things would be different otherwise? I believe it, but that’s really not how the fight world works. When you come 15 seconds away from taking the belt off a guy that’s looked invincible against everyone else, then you’re gonna get a rematch.

  • CAP

    I want to see him murder Bisping but that’s for my own amusement.

  • G Funk

    You forgot Silva vs. Aldo

  • noiseless

    CAP is onto something here, silva and bisping.. that would be effin SWEET!

    not so sure if i’m ready for more 5-rounders with GSP. it’s time for a silva roundhouse fly kick knockout here.. or a heel to the top of the head. something.

  • JoeRoganIsAnnoying

    Good read, interesting article.  As always, you overlook a couple of things =>

    “Sure, Anderson will have a size advantage. No, that’s not a good enough reason for this fight to not happen.”

    I call bull!  In a fight, all things being equal, the bigger man wins!  That means if GSP isn’t stronger, faster, or more diverse technically, he’ll be the smaller man walking in on FightNight.  Plenty of reason not to put a fight on.  Unless you want him to end up like Randy or BJ getting pummled on bottom.  I hate to shit in your afternoon meal, but that’s the way it goes in the real world.  You know… physics.

    Hendo might be riding a mega hype wave but recent wins against Babalu, Feijao, and Fedor aren’t really enough to overlook how he was thoroughly dominated the first time he faced the Spider.”

    Correct! On a side note, was I the only one who thought they should’ve waited until the Anderson lost to put on the Okami fight (like when the UFC gave Koscheck to GSP after the ‘Serra’ TKO)?

    If it helps, we can take GSP’s name off this list once Diaz socks and he taps him out.

  • Letibleu

    I dont want Bisping to have the right to be able to say he ever fought for the title. I would love the highpoint of his career to remain this:

    and this:

    and this:

  • Billytk

    First off you’re wrong about the p4p thing GSP has a ligit claim on being #1 but because Anderson does have so many more pounds them fighting each other would be stupid. The ONLY P4P fight worth making right now is Anderson vs Jones but Silva seems to be terrified of losing and breaking his streak so he’ll never go for that fight. The Chael rematch is actually a much more exciting idea then the Gsp “superfight”

  • glassjawsh

    if gsp wants to be considered the greatest mixed martial artist ever. As he has repeatedly stated over his many many appearances on UFC primetime. then he MUST fight anderson silva (doesn’t matter the weight) otherwise he’s just Floyd maywether and thats sad

  • ghostboner

    Before GSP fights Anderson he needs to fight the James Irvin of 185 (prob be Sakara) and a former champ who is not really in contention anymore (not many options here, Tanner=RIP, Franklin maybe?) If he absolutely clowns both of them then he can challenge Silva for the belt.

  • Monstrosity

    awesome gif. underrated movie imo.

    I don’t care about GSP anymore. his fights don’t interest me at all. Matt Serra KOing him might have made him reinvent himself into a “better” fighter but his fights are so… boring.

    Im fine with never seeing GSP vs Anderson. i would rather a real 185lbs fighter, who is clean actually give Anderson a fight. that is what i want.

  • whitebelt

    Silva vs GSP makes more sense than Silva vs Jones. Sure GSP will have a size disadvantage but so will Silva against Jones. GSP is in his prime and has cleaned out his division. Jones is years from his prime and hasn’t even defended his title yet. If Jones loses people will debate he was too green. GSP and Silva are in their primes. Make it happen

  • KeyboardWarrior

    Silva vs Jones or Sonnen. Before Jones came into the picture I always thought Shogun would be his toughest opponent striking wise, still would make a great fight. But then again, like Forrest said, They should make Silva fight two people at once.
    Ain’t come one, but many tine tanies!

  • CAP

    ^not sure wtf that means…

    Silva vs. GSP at 178 lbs. (assuming GSP handles Diaz) Silva and Soares say that’s doable. Give Andy a bigger weight cut to to counter balance the size advantage. Then the fight is at catch weight and the belts stay put with divisions intact.

    Jones hasn’t even defended his belt yet so he has some work to do before yanking him out of his division.

    Damn Joe Silva has an easy job.

  • KeyboardWarrior

    Yeah, he’s next fight should be against Hendo unless he takes a fairly long break and fights Sonnen or GSP. I don’t see him fighting Jones anytime soon either, just pointing out that it would be a fight I’d masturbate to.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Jones is still the newest champ in the UFC roster, let him actually defend the title a bit.


    Any champ needs about 3 title defenses before he can go for super fights in ohter weight classes imo, actually establish dominance instead of us preemptively annointing you based off of potential.

    GSP is going to miss out on his opportunity to be the undisputed p4p goat if he doesn’t face Silva, where as Andy pants is one former light heavyweight champ scalp away (Rampage, Rashad,Shogun,Hendo) from cementing his claim for the next decade.


    GSP is the greatest welterweight we have ever seen, Fedor is the best heavyweight to perform in the sport and Silva is by leaps and bounds the best middleweight, But due to his multiple fights in 3 weight classes and wins over top 10 opponents in said weight classes and having the biggest win streak in UFC history he has to be considered the greatest fighter we have seen so far based on accomplishment alone.

  • glassjawsh

    ^ did you complain when bj moved up to fight gsp after only 1 defense? didn’t think so. it’s case by case and in this case jones v silva would be awesome

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    While I’m sure yer well-intentioned, Tawsh, you know BJ was a former champ at WW when he had that one LW defense, right?  I mean, I find it hard to believe you’d play yourself like that in front of … oh wait, librarian – never mind.