Tonight on Spike TV, the UFC brought fans "UFC 99: Countdown." It was the standard fair of background info and compelling plot lines that always leaves this writer a little more hyped for the fight card. Call me an easy target, but hook, line, and sinker every time.
One part of the show that really stood out was the segment talking about the back and forth and bad blood between Anderson and Wanderlei Silva.
At one point, Dana White says that we could possibly see a fight between the two friends and training partners that are now bitter rivals.
While the talk was mostly hype, could "Andy vs. Wandy" actually happen?
It could happen a lot sooner if Wanderlei is able to knock out Rich Franklin this Saturday night at UFC 99. With a win over Franklin, Silva would ride into the middleweight division with the perfect storm of momentum.
Holding a win over Franklin would give him something in common with Anderson Silva. It would also mean he beat the third best middleweight in the UFC, Anderson Silva being first, and Dan Henderson being second.
The only question that would remain is, "Who would Wanderlei have to beat in the middleweight division to get to Anderson Silva?"
Unfortunately for Wandy, there is a long waiting line.
Anderson Silva still has to get through Forrest Griffin at UFC 101.
Then, when he comes back to the middleweight division, the winner of Demian Maia-Nate Marquardt ( atUFC 102) and the winner of Dan Henderson-Michael Bisping (at UFC 100) will be waiting for their shot.
Wanderlei Silva will have to take several fights before even thinking about a UFC title fight with Anderson Silva - unless the UFC somehow manages to brainwash us into believing Wandy should jump the line over all the aforementioned contenders.
And, by the time Wandy ticket does come up, Anderson may be putting in for early retirement.
While a "Andy vs. Wandy" fight is nice to think about, the chance of it actually happening seems slim to none.