The world wide MMA community has a question to be answered: Who’s next for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva?
Despite the big hype caused by Chris Weidman’s knockout victory over Mark Munoz in the past week, the young talented fighter is hardly likely to get the next shot versus “The Spider”.
The likely opponent for Anderson is Hector Lombard, but the former Bellator champion has to defeat Tim Boetsch this Saturday at ‘UFC 149: Faber vs Barao’.
Silva’s manager Jorge “Joinha” 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 “Joinha”, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping are good names to promote a fight against the number one fighter in the world.
“Rashad 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,” Jorge told Sportv.com.
“The opponent has to get credential to fight. Weidman has never been defeated but to fight with a guy with Anderson’s caliber, it is difficult. Anderson is a costly fighter, one of the biggest in the event.”
“90% of UFC fans don’t 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.”