Chuck Liddell, Keith Jardine, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Chris Leben, Michael Bisping, Cung Le and Rich Franklin.
These well-known names are the opponents Wanderlei Silva has squared off with since joining forces with the UFC following his departure from Pride. Out of these eight fights (He fought Franklin twice.), Silva has emerged victorious in just three.
Even in his victories, Silva managed to defeat only a fading Jardine, an old Le and Bisping.
The point that I'm trying to make here is that Silva doesn't deserve to enter the Octagon and take on high-quality opponents when the rest of the world already knows how the bout will play out: Silva will put on a show, win a round or two, but ultimately fall short when it really matters.
Instead of facing his own caliber of opponent, Silva continues to be matched up with the upper-echalon of the UFC's middleweight division. While at one point in his career, Silva could swing with the best of them, his days as a top contender in any promotion are long gone.
If for some reason Silva continues to feel the need to prove his legacy, the UFC should match him up with someone his own strength.
If we're being honest with one another, Silva's remains are good for two things, and two things only.
First, to provide excitement to a lackluster fight card, as seen in lastnight's UFC 147. Second, to be a stepping stone for any upcoming fighter who needs a win against a "big-time" fighter.
Silva should no longer receive these types of fights.
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