Sunday, April 11, 2010

What do you do about a problem like Anderson?

Yesterday at UFC 112, Anderson Silva outclassed Damien Maia in much the same way that he outclassed Patrick Cote and Thales Leites. This has become a major issue, not only because Silva is dominating his weight class, but because he's showing up his opponents to the point of embarassment and still managing not to finish a fight. Even UFC President Dana White was embarassed by this fight. So what to do?

Silva has expressed interest in moving down a weight class to challenge Georges St. Pierre for the Welterweight title. White himself expressed no interest in having this happen in the post match press conference, for understandable reasons. If GSP wins, great. But should Anderson win? You screw over two weight classes and possibly damage your number two draw. At the same time, it would be one of the biggest buyrates in UFC history.

There's also the possibility of moving Silva up to the Light Heavyweight division. Silva has already fought two matches in this division, finishing both in the first round. For whatever reason, Silva doesn't use the same antics in the Light Heavyweight division, so ths would seem to be no concern. This is probably the safest move if you decide to move Silva out of the Middleweight division.

What is likely to happen is taht Silva will not headline a PPV for a long time. Whether that means that he will be relegated to co-main event status on PPVs, or if he will headline Spike TV shows. One way or another, Dana White needs to do something to something to stop the fiasco that is Anderson Silva's title defenses. Somehow, I don't think that Chael Sonnen is going to be the answer.

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