Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
I hate to get predictable on you with the "friend vs. friend" thing I have going on here, but this matchup has absolutely nothing to do with the personal connection involved, I promise.
Whether Silva and Machida were friends, enemies or two dudes who have never met, this is the fight I want to see Silva take.
Yes, Rashad Evans would be fun, as would superfights with GSP and Jon Jones.
The difference between those bouts and this one though?
Silva would lose...standing.
Anderson Silva's striking is the best in the world, and he is an absolute joy to watch work inside the Octagon. That said, Lyoto Machida is a different kind of beast.
Machida's darting and refined Karate style of striking is absolutely ridiculous, and I'm not sure Silva could figure it out.
Add in the fact that Machida has some pretty solid trips and takedowns and would be almost identical in weight to the middleweight champion, and this is one hellaciously intriguing matchup.
Betting against Silva in the standup department is positively foolish, I know, but I truly believe "The Dragon" could stick and move long enough to find his opening. Once he does, it's lights out for "The Spider."
Like MacDonald vs. GSP, this is not only a phenomenal matchup, but one that would drastically alter the state of the division.
The 185-pound division would have a new champion after Machida drops down in weight to take the reigns.