When it comes to champions in MMA, few have accomplished the same types of feats that former middleweight king Anderson Silva has.
Reigning over the 185-pound weight class essentially right upon his arrival to the UFC, Silva went 16-0 (10 title defenses) in the organization before suffering a loss. The streak lasted from June 2006 to July 2013.
Since taking that first loss, it’s been a rough road for “The Spider” as he’s gone 1-4 and 1 no contest with the one win being very arguably having should have gone against him.
The losses have come with some troubles related to USADA and PEDs as well which is what has kept Silva out since his last bout in February 2017. Now with everything cleared up and his suspension set to end in November, the 43-year old legend will look to fight sooner rather than later.
And as spotted by Guilherme Cruz, Silva is saying it will be in January. Who against or how much truth there is to this remains to be determined.
Replying to a comment on his Instagram page moments ago, Anderson Silva says he's fighting in January. pic.twitter.com/HlDzlMw3x2
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) September 27, 2018
Replying to a comment on his Instagram page moments ago, Anderson Silva says he’s fighting in January.
Despite being in his forties now, Silva still loves to compete and plans on doing so for as long as he’s allowed to. It just depends on finding the right matchups.
Prior to his most recent suspension, Silva was actually set to headline UFC Shanghai opposite the next title challenger at 185-pounds, Kelvin Gastelum. Silva was pulled from the fight due to the test failure thus leading to a fellow former champion in Michael Bisping stepping in on short notice.
There don’t appear to be a lot of interesting matchups for Silva within the current landscape of 185 and 205-pounds. But if there is one that continually comes up it’s a well overdue fight with a fellow all-time great in the former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
As of right now, that fighting being next for both men is purely speculation.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/27/2018