In the midst of Anderson Silva announcing that he will retire sometime next year I got to thinking. What would be a fight for him that would do well PPV wise, and present a challenge to him. I mean Silva's reasoning for retiring is basically that he doesn't have anything left to prove. However, a fight with Couture would be a interesting proposition in my opinion.
I know some of you are probably reading this like WTF? Hear me out...Couture is seeking a fight with Fedor Emelianenko who is arguably the best P4P fighter in the world. However, that fight will probably never happen, so why not fight the guy who could argue that he deserves the P4P title more than Fedor? Couture has a 3 fight deal...he's fighting Brock Lesnar, and could potentially fight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. I think he's coming out of one of those fights with a loss. If he can't get the Fedor fight at that time...Anderson Silva would be the perfect substitution.
I know you are saying to yourself..."Couture fights at HW"...this I know. However, as you know he is the former UFC LHW champion and is a relatively small HW. Normally I would say that Silva would destroy Couture because of the difference in striking ability. However, I think Couture could possibly pose some interesting problems for Silva with his wrestling/clinch game. Silva could possibly make it interesting on the ground with his underrated BJJ game. This fight accomplishes three things:
- Would be a HUGE PPV draw
- Couture could fight someone that's a legitimate best P4P guy
- Couture would pose an interesting challenge to Silva
Would you want to see Couture/Silva?