While Silva is certainly a monster inside the cage, he's also more recently become one outside of it, essentially sidelining the upper level of the UFC's middleweight division until further notice.
It's a fighter's prerogative to take the fights that make sense and that will line their pockets, but enough is enough.
The most recent problem to come from the Silva camp is whether or not he actually had elbow surgery and if this surgery has sidelined him.
Depending on the day of the week and the opponent involved, you'll get a different answer. A fight against Randy Couture or Frank Mir and he's ready to go. Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, and Vitor Belfort and the surgery issue comes up.
It really is time for the UFC to step in and put their foot down. The solution is a rather simple one. Simply ask Silva if he's had the surgery. If the answer is yes then create an interim belt for Marquardt and Belfort to fight for. Put the fight on the UFC 108 card and call it a day.
The fight will certainly entertain and add buys to the presently lackluster card. The winner automatically faces Silva at UFC 112 or somewhere around there. See how easy that was?
I understand that Silva wants only the biggest fights, but he can't be allowed to tie up an entire division indefinitely. Allowing him to fight at light heavyweight added to his mystique and legendary status, but it also showed him that he could passive-aggressively get what he wanted.
The fact is that Silva doesn't sell PPV's by himself, but instead needs another huge name to bring in the buys. Instead of riding the coattails of a Randy Couture to a big payday, maybe he can go out and earn it for himself.