Middleweight king Anderson Silva still faces the daunting task of defending his crown at UFC 148 against Chael Sonnen, the man who was on the brink of beating him until “The Spider’s” Hail Mary was answered at the 11th hour, yet that hasn’t stopped UFC president Dana White from plotting out Silva’s next potential opponent.
If the Brazilian collects his 10th successful title defense, and Hector Lombard (Pictured) is able to provide an explosive big league debut against Brian Stann, White claims his latest acquisition could leapfrog directly into a championship affair.
“When you talk about cleaning out a division, there’s always another guy who comes up, even for a guy like Anderson,” White shared following Thursday’s press conference. “We just brought in Lombard.
“The guy has won, I think it’s 25 fights in a row or something like that. If he comes right into a UFC main event and knocks out Stann, [a title fight then] makes sense.”
The former Bellator middleweight champ has actually rattled off 24 consecutive victories, but we get your point, Dana. All but one of “Lightning’s” wins for Bellator ended via some form of knockout, so the chances of his shootout with Stann ending before the 5thRound horn blares is pretty good.
White’s statement shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Silva was awarded a title fight instantly after blasting Chris Leben in his Octagon premiere in June 2006. Furthermore, Lombard has long been considered to be one of the planet’s top 185-pounders not competing in the UFC, and at 34 years of age, he isn’t getting any younger.
Lombard and Stann collide August 4th when the UFC returns to FOX, while Silva and Sonnen rematch July 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada.