Anderson Silva failing to defend his title on Saturday night isn’t the end of the world, but it appears that The Spider is basically giving up on his future.
At UFC 162, Silva entered the Octagon with Chris Weidman looking to retain the middleweight title for the 11th consecutive time. Silva pranced around and toyed with Weidman through the early portions of the fight, but the challenger wasn’t fazed by the champion’s antics.
In the second round, Weidman made his move on Silva, connecting with a quick combination to knock the champion down. He got on top of him and continued to pound away. The referee ended the match and Weidman became the first to take the title away from The Spider.
Weidman accomplished what was previously thought to be impossible.
While the victory for Weidman was one of enormous proportions, it's what ensued after the bout that has become the biggest storyline.
It appears that the UFC president may not get what he wants, though, as Silva had some telling comments of his own after the fight.
“Chris is the champion. Chris is the best. That’s it. I’m not fighting for the belt,” Silva said, according to Kuhlenschmidt's report. The former champ also noted he needs to respect his family, but will not be retiring.
Silva is still under contract with UFC for 10 more fights, but The Spider said that they might not necessarily be for the title.
“I won’t fight [again] for the belt. I had the belt for a long time,” Silva told ESPN.com's Franklin McNeil. So, in other words, Silva will fight, but he doesn’t really care about winning the title back.
This makes absolutely no sense.
It almost appears as if Silva has lost the will to fight to be the best. He is still arguably the best mixed martial arts fighter to ever step in the Octagon. The loss to Weidman was the first defeat of his UFC career, as he entered the fight at 16-0, with 10 consecutive title defenses.
And now that he has lost the title, he doesn’t want it back?
Weidman took what was his. Silva has to know that he got a bit too cocky in the Octagon and didn’t perform as well as he could have. If he wouldn’t have taunted the challenger so frequently, maybe he would still have the middleweight belt right now. But how can he not want a rematch?
Silva still has 10 fights ahead of him and a lot can change over that period of time. It could be a few more years until he’s fulfilled his obligation with UFC, meaning that he could definitely change his mind along the way.
If he bounces back and wins his next few fights, maybe he’ll wake up and realize that he wants another title bout.
Silva should want his title back. He should want to be in a position where he can retire with the middleweight belt around his waist.
White wants to see the rematch. Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports that Weidman offered Silva the rematch. Silva has to take it, though, and if he does he certainly has the talent to win the belt back.