Since Jon Jones demolished Chael Sonnen in his last UFC fight, there has been renewed talks about a potential superfight for Jones with 185 All Time Great Anderson Silva. Most of the talk around the fight, which is two months away, centers around another Silva win, however the lines at the sport books for now seem to hint that Weidman has a chance, as it is the closest line for an Anderson Silva (he is a -255 favorite, with Weidman at (+215) fight we have seen in a long time. What happens if Weidman really is the man to end the era of Anderson Silva?
Obviously a lot will depend on Anderson Silva. Should Silva lose, he would deserve a rematch should he want it. If the fight is close, or Silva is motivated by a return match, he will get his rematch sometime before the Spring of 2014. In April of that year, Silva will be 39 years old, so retirement i an option for him as well.
This leaves Weidman facing a division of veterans who will be facing a division without the hegemon Silva as champion, and that should serve as a revitalization. Michael Bisping has never had a title shot, and he could finally get one. Yushin Okami continues to win and may force his way to being Weidman’s first defense. Then there is Vitor Belfort, who brings a legendary pedigree and will certainly lobby for the fight should he get by a tough challenge in Luke Rockhold this weekend.
Another factor here could be Chael Sonnen, as he will certainly smell opportunity and has always stated his goal is to win UFC gold. Sonnen is still rated above all the other contenders in the rankings at 185, and he will almost certainly be talking about the idea in his own fashion.
So Weidman is likely to face a retread for his first title defense as the logjam at the top of the division built by the historic reign of Anderson Silva starts to break up. COme to think of it, maybe the Anderson SIlva superfights are better option