Will Anderson Silva Fight Across the Pond?

Brian OswaldMMA Editor April 28, 2009

CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25:  Anderson Silva prepares before the Middleweight Title Bout at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Inside Fight's Jeremy Botter is reporting that Anderson Silva will moonlight at light heavyweight for a second time.

This time with more resonance perhaps.

According to Botter's report, nothing is set in stone regarding an opponent, but the honor could go to divisional gatekeeper Keith Jardine.

He also indicates the fight will probably be a free broadcast on Spike TV.

MMA Junkie is reporting that UFC 103 is (possibly) going to be in the U.K.

Connecting the  dots, one could conclude that Anderson Silva will be fighting in England for the first time in his UFC career.

That conclusion is based on the fact that U.K. fight cards have a track record for being aired on Spike TV. 

Anderson Silva was last rumored to fight in England at UFC 95, Spike's last U.K. broadcast. One potential opponent mentioned at that time was Chuck Liddell, ironically, a man who was beaten by Keith Jardine.

That fight obviously never went through, and Silva went from October to April without any spectacle.

British MMA fans have been clamoring for more marquee matchups, so the prospect of Anderson Silva on a U.K fight card is promising.

Dana White went as far as promising the fans a title fight; unfortunately for those fans, Anderson Silva won't be defending his belt this time around. 

You can thank UFC 97 for that.

The UFC brass does not want to risk airing a repeat of Silva-Leites, at least not any time soon.

In the same blurb, Botter reports that Demian Maia will meet Nate Marquardt to determine the No. 1 contender to the middleweight title.

Marquardt and Maia both last fought on the aforementioned UFC 95 card in London, England. Both picked up impressive wins in their respective fights.

Could the two be traveling across the pond once again, this time to face each other?

Or could the fight make it onto UFC 102, along side a main event which features Randy Couture vs. Antonio Nogueria?

If in fact Anderson Silva does face off agaisnt Keith Jardine, or another Top 10 light heavyweight, it is worth speculating whether or not the UFC is setting him up for a title fight at UFC 105.

That will greatly hinge on the outcome of the UFC 98 title fight.

If Rashad Evans defends his title against Lyoto Machida, then an Anderson Silva light heavyweight title run becomes a real possibility.

That is because his friend and former training partner will be out of the picture long enough for him to get his turn.

A win over Jardine would likely put Silva one fight away from a title shot.

While Rashad Evans is fighting Rampage Jackson, possibly in Memphis, Silva could preoccupy himself with an opponent like Shogun Rua, Rich Franklin, or Luis Cane.

If Silva were victorious, the Rashad vs. Rampage winner would await him.

If Machida wins, then a Silva 205 pound title run could morph into a super fight with George St. Pierre.

Either way, having Silva fight at light-heavyweight gives the UFC the perfect wiggle room to set up his fight right after.

Silva either gets one step closer to a light heavyweight title shot, sets up a super fight with St. Pierre, or fights a bonafide No. 1 middleweight contender in the winner of Marquardt vs. Maia.

Here is to creating opportunity inside the octagon, not security.