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UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva defeated Chael Sonnen in a rematch on Saturday at UFC 148. Naturally everyone wants to know who the 37-year-old Silva will face next. The main contenders rumbling around in the 185lb division are Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman, who fight this week at UFC on Fuel TV 4: Munoz vs. Weidman, and the injured Michael Bisping.
Nothing against Mssrs. Munoz, Weidman and Bisping, but Anderson Silva has attained a level of stardom that makes fans and promoters lust for higher profile opponents for Silva. Former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Rashad Evans has thrown his hat in the ring, making it known he's willing to move down to MW for a crack at Silva.
That's what I'm talking about. But UFC president Dana White isn't ruling out an even sexier possible bout for Silva: UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones.
USA Today's John Morgan is reporting that White mused about the possible superfight after the UFC 148 post-fight press conference:
"He said he wouldn't fight Chael again, either," White said with a smile.
White admitted he's been forced to take similar actions in the past, including Silva's previous forays to light heavyweight in wins over Forrest Griffin and James Irvin.
"The two times he went to 205, it wasn't because he wanted to," White said. "It was because I asked him to."
I've been calling for Silva vs. Jones since February of 2011. Let's hope Dana White can make it happen.
UPDATE: After the jump, tweets from UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta asking for fan input on Anderson's next opponent, plus a poll on who YOU want to see him fight next.
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From Fertitta's twitter:
Then he remembered someone else:
Bisping too— Lorenzo Fertitta (@lorenzofertitta) July 9, 2012
Alan Belcher piped up too on his twitter:
Let @lorenzofertitta know if you think I have the style to beat silva— alan belcher ufc (@alanbelcherufc) July 9, 2012
Who should Anderson Silva fight next?
Jon Jones (1391 votes)
GSP (421 votes)
Rashad Evans (1189 votes)
Munoz/Weidman Winner (291 votes)
Michael Bisping (388 votes)
Alan Belcher (175 votes)
3855 total votes