Anderson Silva will sign a new 10-fight deal with the UFC that will likely carry him through the end of his fighting career, and he’s got big things in store before he retires.
Already standing as the longest reigning champion in UFC history with more title defenses than any titleholder, Silva signs this new deal with a few objectives in mind.
Of course, he will defend his middleweight title a few more times as contenders continue to present themselves atop the division.
The name currently most likely to land a shot at Silva next is Michael Bisping, if he can defeat Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7. Then there’s Chris Weidman, who is currently sidelined after having shoulder surgery, but if he returns to form and picks up a win, he’d likely get a shot at Silva as well.
Then of course there are the superfights that have always loomed overhead for Silva.
UFC president Dana White says they have some ideas in mind and of course so does Anderson Silva in terms of what fights make the most sense for him as he tries to solidify his legacy as the greatest fighter to ever step foot inside an MMA cage or ring.
One of those fights could finally be the match-up with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
“There’s probably three fights out there for him at 85, then Georges (St-Pierre) will have a few more fights under his belt cause the guy’s been out such a long time. Cause before he blew his knee out, he was ready to roll,” White revealed when speaking about the potential Silva vs. GSP superfight.
An Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre superfight would likely be the biggest fight in UFC history both in terms of live attendance and pay-per-view revenue. If there was a fight that could top even that, it also involves Anderson Silva in a superfight, this time against current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Silva and Jones have danced around with the idea of fighting each other at some point, and White says that bout is potentially about three fights away from happening.
“It makes sense if you think about it. It would be almost a year and a half,” White said on Saturday about the superfight.
Whatever happens in the next two years will be very interesting as Anderson Silva looks to put on the final touches of his MMA masterpiece.