Anderson Silva has never been my favorite fighter. Don’t get me wrong, the “Spider” is a phenomenon. The timing, spacing, and precision of Silva was like nothing else I had ever seen. I was just never into the antics and arrogance that loomed over his fighting style.
When Anderson was defeated by the former champ Chris Weidman, I, like everyone else on the planet, was shocked. At the time, there was no doubt he had the potential to come back and reclaim his title. When he got the opportunity and ended up shattering his leg on Weidman, I thought it was over for him. But, like many fighters who eat, breathe and live for the sport, he had to come back. The recovery was incredibly fast and he returned to face off again Nick Diaz just over a year after the break. Silva pulled off a W only to have it deemed a no contest after he came up dirty post testing. His return was tainted and his win hollowed. I wasn’t surprised by the test results; a man destroying his leg like Silva did isn’t meant to bounce back to fighting condition that quickly.
On Feb. 27th Silva will be making his comeback post suspension against Michael Bisping. I am not sure what Silva’s goal really is. See, I believe that Silva can take anyone in his generation of fighters. He definitely can handle Bisping and Diaz, but I don’t believe he could ever regain his belt. The fighting game moves and evolves fast and fighters know how to beat Silva now. He is no longer the unstoppable force that was in fighter’s heads before they even stepped in the ring. Chael Sonnen showed us how to beat him; Weidman actually pulled it off. Silva can say what he needs to say for press, but I hope he is fighting because he loves fighting and not because he aim to be champ again. He can give us entertainment and continue in the sport he loves, but I do not think he will ever be a contender for the belt. Can Silva do it? Yes, he can be a fighter again, but never a champion.
Also: GO BISPING!!!
Also: GO BISPING!!!