In 2007, we were treated to one of the greatest matches in UFC history – a clear “Fight of the Year” winner, between Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva. It was the superfight that all fight fans were screaming to see.
When the fight finally happened, both men were in unfamiliar territory – they were coming off two-fight losing skids, which included a couple of shocking knock-out losses. And although the fight turned out being of the best in UFC history, those four losses had taken a lot of the luster with them.
Enter Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre.
Now obviously, Anderson Silva will still be out of action for months to come. He’s got to get through his recovery and rehabilitation, after his leg was severely broken at UFC 168. But that isn’t stopping Anderson’s managers, Jorge Guimaraes and Ed Soares, from talking to the media about their plans for “The Spider” upon his inevitable return to competition; plans which apparently include a superfight with the “retired” welterweight kingpin, Georges St-Pierre.
One could argue that – like Liddell and Wanderlei before them – a lot of the luster has been removed from this potential superfight, with Anderson being defeated twice and “Rush” taking a hiatus, after a controversial decision win and some personal issues that needed tending to. But even with those setbacks, it would be hard to argue that this wouldn’t be a huge fight for the UFC, and potentally one of the greatest fights the sport has ever seen.
“Don’t you think that’s an option?” Guimaraes told MMAjunkie when asked about Silva’s future.
“Man, if we were able to pull something like that off, it would be a win-win for everybody; the fans, the UFC,” Soares said in a separate interview. “I think that would be awesome.”
For now, however, both of Silva’s representatives are just focusing on the here and now. Silva will be starting his physical therapy soon, and – although it might seem like a tough moment in time for the former middleweight champion – Guimaraes says that Silva is in high spirits.
“He’s walking around on crutches and raising his leg, and he’s just getting ready to start physical therapy when the doctor allows him,” Guimaraes said.
“He’s already moving his toes. I feel that positive vibe on him, and that’s what makes me believe he’s going to come back even stronger.”
As you probably know by now, the injury occurred at UFC 168, when middleweight champion Chris Weidman checked one of Silva’s leg kicks, breaking Silva’s left tibia and fibula on impact. It was a visually disturbing injury, and it had many people feeling that Silva’s fighting days were done. This would not be the case, however, as the doctor who surgically repaired Silva’s leg the night of the fight said that it would be six to twelve months before Silva could return to training (and kicking) with the injured leg.
Soares said that the UFC has been incredibly helpful and generous throughout the process, covering the cost of surgery and presumably all future medical bills.
“The UFC has been absolutely incredible to us and given us the best of everything,” said Soares.
“The way it looks now, [his recovery] looks great, and he’s only getting better every day.”
Here’s to a speedy recovery for the former champ.