Chris Weidman Opens up on Anderson Silva’s Future

Published 12/19/2020, 6:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 08: Chris Weidman battles Omari Akhmedov in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 08, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman spoke to James Lynch over at Fantastic View about his former rival, Anderson Silva. ‘The All-American’ had plenty to say regarding the UFC’s new roster policy in context with Silva’s recent departure from the company. The former Brazilian champion, Silva is arguably one of the greatest to ever do it despite late-career losses.

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Anderson Silva fought his last UFC contest on October 31, 2020, against Uriah Hall. ‘Prime Time’ finished Silva in the fourth round. He left the middleweight GOAT looking out of his depth. Despite the fact that Anderson Silva showed flashes of his old self, he has clearly lost a step at the age of 45.

Chris Weidman chimes in on Anderson Silva’s future

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Weidman shared his views on whether Silva would fight again despite the fact that he’s pushing 46 years of age. Moreover, he would speak on Anderson Silva’s split from the UFC to make a point about the company’s recent views on trimming the roster.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: Anderson Silva of Brazil reacts after his loss to Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“I think he [Anderson Silva] fights if he wants to fight yes. Someone’s gonna give him money to fight. He may not be getting the money he wants. It seems like the free agency market isn’t really in the best place right now, probably because of the corona and everything.”

 “It’s also unprecedented that they’re letting guys go with fights on their contract. It really does put everybody in a position if you’re in the UFC like ‘Oh cr*p’ if you’re not winning right now. Especially if you’re getting paid a lot of money, looks like they are tryna get rid of you and get these younger guys up who they’re not paying as much money.”

Weidman doubles down

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Additionally, Weidman also made a reference to another former opponent in Yoel Romero who was recently axed from his contract. He detailed how the UFC’s policy changed over the years and fighters are now being let-go despite having several contracted fights.

The former champion continued, “They start with him and then you see it with Yoel Romero. It was always just a thing that if you have fights on your contract that is a position for the UFC where you can’t go somewhere else and make money. So you always want a little less fights on your contract, that was always the negotiations. Now, it seems like they’re just letting go even with fights on their contract.”

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It seems as though ‘you’re only as good as your last fight’ rings true now more than ever in the UFC. Heading into 2021, fans can expect numerous cuts from the roster, which would include fighters who have big profiles.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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