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What does Anderson Silva going down mean for the UFC's Middleweight division?

If you missed UFC 162 this past weekend, you missed history. Anderson Silva, who is arguably the best fighter to ever walk planet Earth, defended his title against #1 contender Chris Weidman. Anderson Silva had a record 10 title defenses, and had never been beaten inside of the Octagon. Chris Weidman had 9 total fights. They walked out, stepped into the octagon, and the unthinkable happened. Chris Weidman did not takedown and grind out Silva ala Chael Sonnen. Chris Weidman did not submit Anderson Silva with his high level Jiu Jitsu game. Chris Weidman knocked Anderson Silva out in the second round to take the UFC Middleweight title.

We all can hopefully grasp how big of an event this was for the UFC and MMA as a whole, but what does it mean for the 185 pound division? Silva had cleaned it out over and over and was holding the belt hostage until last Saturday night. Suddenly every recent contender that had lost their chance at the title gained another chance. A new champion means new opportunities. Fighters like Yushin Okami and Vitor Belfort are interesting matchups with the newly crowned champion. Middleweight Michael Bisping is looking to get his name out there and has a better shot at Weidman than he did with Silva in most people's opinions.

But all of this may have to be put on hold. Multiple times during the UFC 162 post fight press conference, UFC President Dana White spoke about his want to see an immediate rematch between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Anderson did not say that he wanted the rematch. In fact directly after the fight, Silva mentioned that he was finished fighting for the title in a post fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan. At the press conference, Silva stated that he wished to take some time and be with his family.

Although rumors have already surfaced about a possible date for the rematch, that is all they are at this moment.

So it seems as if Weidman winning has opened up the flood gates for new and previous contenders, and somewhat put the top of the division on hold at the same time. All we can do is wait it out, and see what happens next.

Keep in mind, there are sources close to Anderson Silva saying he does want the rematch. Keep an eye out for Anderson himself confirming or denying this in the near future.

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