The world wide MMA community has a question to be answered: Whoâs next for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva?
Despite the big hype caused by Chris Weidmanâs knockout victory over Mark Munoz in the past week, the young talented fighter is hardly likely to get the next shot versus âThe Spiderâ.
The likely opponent for Anderson is Hector Lombard, but the former Bellator champion has to defeat Tim BoetschÂ this Saturday at âUFC 149: Faber vs Baraoâ.
Silvaâs manager Jorge âJoinhaâ Guimaraes makes some points about who might be next challenger for the Brazilian champion and ruled out both Weidman and Lombard based on money issues.
For âJoinhaâ, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping are good names to promote a fight against the number one fighter in the world.
âRashad is a marketable guy who just disputed the belt and has a name. We can sell it and I think it would be a big fight. Bisping also is a great fighter, way more popular than Weidman and he would be saleable,â Jorge told Sportv.com.
âThe opponent has to get credential to fight. Weidman has never been defeated but to fight with a guy with Andersonâs caliber, it is difficult. Anderson is a costly fighter, one of the biggest in the event.â
â90% of UFC fans donât know Lombard but everything may happen. They could make it on free TV, via the partnership they have [with FOX]. It is up to the event to make it feasible. With this UFC machine, they can promote anyone.â
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