Anderson Silva will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for UFC 212 on June 3. But we aren’t exactly sure who the former UFC champ will be fighting at the event. “The Spider” was scheduled to face Kevin Gastelum but after the former TUF winner got popped by USADA it messed up the fight and Silva has been left without a dance partner. Now the UFC is promoting Anderson Silva for the show but we still don’t have an opponent.
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Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold don’t currently have a fight booked and the two have been linked to a fight with Silva at UFC 212. Rumor has it Silva’s camp turned down both men and with Michael Bisping tied up with Georges St. Pierre the entire division is in a holding pattern waiting for the title to be defended.
The most logical opponent is Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi defeated Chris Weidman earlier this month and is one of the hottest free agents in MMA. Should WME and the UFC want to re-sign him, perhaps a fight with Silva would be enough to entice Mousasi to stick around instead of jumping to Bellator.
Bellator has made it known that they will be a player in the free agent market after signing Ryan Bader and Lorenz Larkin recently and sticking them in title matches right away. Mousasi has complained about not getting the respect he feels he deserves from the UFC. If he is that unhappy Scott Coker would welcome him with open arms.
Should Mousasi decide to stay in the UFC and if get past Silva it would be hard to deny him a title shot based on his five straight wins in the division.
We’ll have to wait and see how is plays out and if Mousasi actually gets the fight with Silva.