There’s been a lot of talk about what Wanderlei Silva does next after his brutal knockout at the hands of Quinton Jackson at UFC 92 on Saturday. With such a finish, all memories of Jackson’s two losses to the former Pride middleweight champ were swept under the rug.
Silva has fought all but a few names in the upper echelon of light heavyweight talent. A few possibilities exist: if Jackson gets the next shot at new champion Rashad Evans, Silva could face the winner of Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva at UFC 94. He could fight training partner Forrest Griffin, a bout for which he has already said “is no problem.” A scrap with Rich Franklin could do big numbers. And, lest we forget, Tito Ortiz looms at the fringes (until we actually see Tito’s next contract, all bets are off).
At the post fight presser for UFC 92, UFC president Dana White said Silva is still very much employable.
“If Wanderlei wants to fight again, people want to see him,” White said.
Almost under his breath, the outspoken president threw Silva’s old foe, former champ Chuck Liddell, into the hat.
“Wanderlei’s a tough guy,” he said. “Obviously, he’s had a rough road the last couple of years. There’s interesting fights for him too. Maybe we do him and Liddell again.”
Silva’s first fight with Liddell was a legitimate slugfest and fight of the year candidate in 2007. Both fighters have been tarnished with big knockout losses, and are in need of redemption. Despite taking a three-round beating, Silva managed to drop Liddell once in the second round, a round he arguably won. The question is…what does Wanderlei want to do?
“As fighters, these guys have to decide what they want to do, where they want to go from here,” White commented.