With ever present talk of an inevitable temporary vacation from mixed martial arts since what seems like the beginning of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva‘s stint with the promotion, it’s nearly impossible not to wonder what sort of shape the 185 pound weight class in the UFC would take upon the dominant champion’s exit, or even defeat in the sport.
According to “The Spider” himself, he actually feels it will be a man he has faced off with in the not so distant past. A man widely known as “”The Great”.
“I think the next champion of this category will be Nate Marquardt,” said Silva in a recent coversation with Tatame.com, translated by urdirt.com. “If I’m not over with the belt, I believe Nate will be the next champion 84kg, the next guy to win for a long, long time this way.”
While others have freely pointed to Marquardt’s progression as a fighter since the time the pair first faced off as a theory as to why Nate would pose the toughest test for Silva at middleweight, it’s also something that Anderson himself has not failed to notice.
“I’ve been following all his fights and he has evolved a lot since the last time we fought He has evolved a lot, it’s hard, has a good feature for a fighter, evolved a lot during the fight,” explained Silva. “I believe he is the next champion in that category.”