Anderson Silva, widely recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound mixed-martial artists in the world, has only three fights left on his contract with the UFC. Silva says that, after the UFC contract is up, he wants to have a boxing match against Roy Jones, Jr. It appears that Silva feels he has something to prove, and is hellbent on out-boxing one of the all-time greats. But after his time with the UFC is up and his bout with RJJ is done, there is one more mountain to climb that will prove Anderson Silva is the greatest mixed-martial artist we have ever seen: a showdown with the Last Emperor, Fedor Emelianenko.
I recently came to the realization that Anderson Silva leaving the UFC may actually produce one of the greatest fights ever. After Silva finishes with the UFC (assume he gets out of the champion's clause, preferably without losing) and has his boxing match against RJJ, he could truly prove he is the best mixed-martial artist by beating the Baddest Man on the Planet. And why shouldn't they fight? As of now Strikeforce only has a handful of good opponents for Fedor, and most of them lack name recognition in the US. Silva may historically not be the greatest PPV draw, but he is undoubtedly better than Brett Rogers and Alistair Overeem. If Strikeforce really wants to put on a huge event, what better way than matching up the consensus two best fighters in the world (don't worry, GSP is a close third :P) ?
The Spider has never fought as a heavyweight, but Silva, who was around 220lbs when he walked into the ring against Forrest, and Fedor, who fights around 230 lbs, are not that different in size (Silva has the height and reach advantage). The two could easily fight at those weights. It would be a promoter's dream: Anderson Silva, coming off a 13 fight win-streak in the UFC (let assume Silva dispatches his last three UFC opponents with little trouble) against Fedor Emelianenko, undefeated except for one very controversial loss. I think it would also be a fantasy come true for the hardcore fans.
The respective styles of Silva and Emelianenko match up rather well. Fedor is noted for being very quick and brutal with the stand-up game, but Anderson has an almost inhuman ability to counter-punch and evade damage. The Last Emperor, thanks to his Sambo prowess, is great at takedowns from the clinch. But Silva has some of the most deadly knees from the Muay Thai clinch. On the ground, Fedor has great ground 'n' pound and incredible submissions, but the Spider has a black belt in BJJ from the Nogueira brothers and we have never really seen what he is truly capable of on the ground.
To be realistic, this fight has a very slim chance of happening, but I honestly believe that it would be the fight of the century.
Note: This is the first time I have ever written like this on the web, sorry if it is rather amateurish :P