What does a win over someone coming out of retirement for the second time following consecutive losses for the UFC welterweight crown get you? If you’re Anderson Silva (pictured), you’re gifted a middleweight title fight.
Believe it or not, UFC president Dana White has promised Silva will get a crack at the belt he owned longer than any other man in company history if he beats Nick Diaz at UFC 183.
“Diaz and Anderson Silva are fighting, and obviously if Anderson Silva wins that fight, and whether Vitor or Weidman win, then you have Anderson Silva versus either one of those guys,” White revealed on this week’s edition of ‘UFC Tonight.’
Reigning champion Chris Weidman defends his throne against Vitor Belfort next month at UFC 184. A victorious Silva would then challenge the winner of that tango later this year.
Silva is bouncing back from one of the most horrific injuries ever witnessed inside the octagon. Weidman checked his kick in December 2013 and Silva’s shin snapped in two in the most anticipated rematch in UFC history.
Prior to Silva’s back-to-back losses to Weidman, “The Spider” posted a UFC record 11 straight title defenses. The 39-year-old is the most decorated champion in octagon history.
Silva unleashed one of the most unforgettable finishes when he KO’d Belfort with a Steven Seagal-inspired front kick to the face at UFC 126.