In a time when we are seeing a lot of legends return under the UFC banner, with an upcoming return of Georges St-Pierre, the not so triumphant return of BJ Penn, could we be seeing the end, at least in the UFC of another legend in the shape of Anderson ‘Spider’ Silva?
Well if his recent call in to Ariel Helwani on the MMA hour is anything to go by, we could be.
Silva called in to the popular MMA show to voice his displeasure at the UFC and UFC President Dana White.
Anderson used the call to state that he wants a fight with Yoel Romero, but only for an interim title! Adding if this wasn’t to happen then he was done, and would retire.
In an impassioned call to MMA hour host Helwani, he stated that he can’t trust anything Dana White says, feel disrespected, the company aren’t respecting his legacy or his story. Also adding that he is tired, and has helped out the UFC and Dana White on numerous occasions.
Silva is currently training for a fight at UFC 212 on June 3rd in Rio De Janeiro, but is currently without an opponent, with a little over four weeks until the event. Could the Romero fight be the one that is being worked on?
But should it be for an interim UFC Middleweight championship? In regards to Romero, yes, yes it should, he has been on a tear lately, and if GSP and hadn’t made a return and given an automatic title shot against reigning champ Michael Bisping, then Romero would have been in the title picture.
But with respect to Silva, does he deserve a shot?
Some could argue yes, up until Demetrious Johnson beat Wilson Reis, he held the record for most consecutive title defenses with ten, but since his return hasn’t looked like the greatest of all time, a moniker that has been bestowed on him, and fully deserved.
But his first win back came in his last fight, a decision victory over Derek Brunson. His come back fight was a decision loss to Bisping, and there can be an argument that Silva actually won that fight, knocking Bisping out at the end of the third round. Only for referee to say it was on the buzzer, and got both fighters to return to their respective corners.
And then there was the UFC 200 matchup against current UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, a match he took on two days notice, as it came to light that Jon ‘Bones’ Jones had been flagged by USADA.
In that fight Cormier used his wrestling to smother Silva for fifteen minutes, not letting the Spider have a real chance to let loose and do what he does best.
With those two questionable fights aside, the record books do show that Silva has only had one win since he beat Stephan Bonner back in October 2012, with his bout with Nick Diaz being classed as a no-contest due to Diaz failing a drugs test.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind as to the legacy that Anderson Silva will leave behind, and does fully deserve being called the GOAT, but I think if a fight with Romero was to materialize in Rio, it should be a title eliminator, not a straight up fight for a belt, Silva’s win/loss record just isn’t deserving of it.
Let’s not forget as well that Silva is ranked #7, with the likes of Jacare Soubza, former champ Luke Rockhold and Kiwi Robert Whittaker above him, does he deserve a shot before those above him, in my opinion no he doesn’t.