Well, this past weekend in Las VegasUFC 148 was headlined by the unbelievably heated rematch between Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and his nemesis, Chael Sonnen.
Then there was the co-main event fight between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin, which ended the Hall of Fame career of Tito Ortiz, but did nothing discernible for the career of Forrest Griffin. Let’s take a look at what is next for the main event fighters.
Anderson Silva backed up his talk this weekend, and he took Sonnen out with a barrage of punches that followed a devastating knee to a grounded in the second round.
With Silva making short work of his nemesis, the question is open – what is next for Anderson Silva?
Silva’s next opponent may have popped up shortly after the broadcast, as former Lightheavyweight Champion Rashad Evans was talking about dropping down to 185 lbs for the match. Evans would make an interesting challenger, with his explosive wrestling and could very well be next.
With a standout performance in his UFC debut, the opponent could also be newcomer Hector Lombard, the former Bellator Champion. Lombard, who has dominated outside the UFC, may very well be on a fast track for a title shot as well.
Of the two, I personally prefer to see Lombard in the next title fight, should he look impressive.
What is next for Forrest Griffin should be retirement. Yes, Forrest won his fight with Tito Ortiz, but he didn’t shine in doing it. In addition, Forrest used to be a carefree speaker, owning interviews and gaining props for his wit. Well, none of that was evident as Forrest looked uncomfortable facing the media in the build up and the post fight. He just doesnt want to be there.
He also verbally admitted that he wants no part of Jon Jones. Sure it is nice to give props to the UFC Champion, but on this point I gotta agree with Chael Sonnen – if your not looking to be the best and fight for the title, then you do not belong in the UFC.