UFC 168 will feature most important fight in UFC history but not only for the organization, but for Anderson Silva as well. The “Spider” needs this win more than Chris Weidman.
Some will argue that Silva is the greatest of all time, but if you’re the greatest, why be an arrogant fighter in the cage? If you want to be arrogant outside the Octagon, that is fine — but don’t do it in the cage. Silva has stated in the past that he wants to fight for a couple more years, but this was before he was shocked and knocked out by Weidman.
He is the favorite in a lot of people’s eyes, but can he beat Weidman? It was close in their first fight and Weidman showed he could hang with the champion. Some will even say that if Silva did not get out of character that he might have beat Weidman. If Silva takes this fight seriously and still gets defeated in any fashion, I think it will be the last time we see the “Spider” in the Octagon.
Georges St. Pierre retired a couple of weeks ago, and that has to be on the mind of the former middleweight champion. I cannot see him going back to being a challenger and working his way up the middleweight ranks once more, so if Silva loses on Saturday December 28 of 2013, it will be the last fight of his career.