Anderson Silva Does Not Want a Rematch with Chris Weidman
The announcement was almost as shocking as the loss.
Silva has reigned over the middleweight division for nearly seven years, and it all came crumbling down on Saturday night as Weidman netted a second round knockout to claim the UFC title.
Initially, the bout was déjà vu of the Silva and Sonnen rematch a year ago. Weidman controlled the first round with a takedown and top control. In the second, Silva came out more aggressive, stuffed a takedown and opened up with the taunting.
Unlike Sonnen and so many others, Weidman was never flustered by Silva's antics and maintained his composure. The Matrix-like bobbing and weaving finally caught up with Silva at 1:18 of the second round, as Weidman landed a left hook followed by a hard right hand to sing the champ his lullaby.
After the fight, Silva seemed almost relieved that he was no longer tied to the middleweight title. He confirmed that he would not be seeking an immediate rematch with Weidman during his post-fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan:
"No [rematch]. Chris is the champion now. All the people tonight need to respect Chris, Chris is the best. That's it, I've finished my working. I no fight more for the belt. I change my life now because I worked hard for a long time. I've had the belt for a long time. I'm tired. I'll relax now and go back to my family."
While he will no longer pursue the title, Silva made it clear he intended to honor his 10-fight contract and continue fighting.
It's definitely a relief that fans can expect more fights from Silva in the future, but his comments obscure any possible itinerary.
At a media luncheon on Monday, via MMAFighting.com, Silva killed any possibility of a fight with UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. He even went as far as predicting his own defeat if he ever stepped in the cage with the 205-pound kingpin.
With potential title bouts against Jones and Weidman in serious doubt, what's next for Silva? Will he drift aimlessly between divisions picking whatever fights pique his interest?
After taking some time away to reflect on the loss, there is also the possibility Silva changes his mind and accepts the rematch with Weidman. Emotions were obviously running high following the fight, and things can change within a blink of an eye in the MMA world.
Perhaps the great Anderson Silva has one last trick up his sleeve after all.
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