It’s hard to believe, but officially, Anderson Silva has not won a fight since 2012.
Let me state that again.
The former UFC middleweight champion, pound-for-pound king, “The Spider,” has not captured a win in over three years.
Of course, that does not take into account the overturned decision Silva scored vs. Nick Diaz last year. That was changed to a no-contest after he failed his drug test.
Silva will try to claim career win No. 34 this Saturday afternoon against Michael Bisping in London at UFC Fight Night 84.
While many believe he is the heavy favorite to do so and possibly work his way into another shot at the belt, what happens on the opposite side of the spectrum? What happens if Bisping claims a win in his native country?
Could this weekend be the final time we see Silva fight?
My guess would be yes.
At this point, considering Silva would be 0-3 with a no-contest over his last four fights, the likelihood of him putting together any significant run at 40 years old is almost impossible. Heck, he’ll turn 41 in April.
Maybe that’s a good thing, too. If Silva can’t solve Bisping and find a way to thrill fans like he did vs. Stephan Bonnar, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort and countless others, is that a Silva we want to see compete?
Here is a person that has already started to look for work outside of MMA. Many doubted he could fight again after suffering a gruesome leg injury vs. Chris Weidman. But he did, and did so with a strong win over Diaz.
But it’s now 2016, meaning Silva has been in the sport for 19 years now. Almost half his life has been around the sport as a pro, not even including his training before that.
So we should all embrace this upcoming appearance by one of the true legends in the sport and remember him for what he did.