No Bones about it for UFC's Silva

Anderson Silva at the UFC Super 7 session held at the Ricoh Coliseum Toronto, Canada, April 29,...

Anderson Silva at the UFC Super 7 session held at the Ricoh Coliseum Toronto, Canada, April 29, 2011. (Dominic Chan/WENN.COM)

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So what's next for Anderson Silva?

The better question might be who's next for 'The Spider?'

Just minutes after Silva beat up chatty Chael Sonnen in the much-anticipated UFC 148 headliner Saturday night, the proposition of Silva facing Jon 'Bones' Jones was brought to the middleweight kingpin's attention.

"No," said Silva post-fight while wagging his finger, when asked in a news conference if he'd step into the Octogon with the UFC's light-heavyweight champion.

But from the fans' standpoint, such a superfight would seem to be a logical next step, especially since both Silva and Jones have enjoyed immense success in the last year.

"Jones is 24 years old -- he's just getting out there and fighting all the best in the light-heavyweight division," said UFC president Dana White during the UFC 140 news conference last December, when Jones defending his title for the first time by handing Lyoto Machida his first submission loss in the main event.

"What people have to realize, too, is Silva is 37 years old," White continued. "They're in two different weight classes."

But Silva has managed to destroy the middleweight class en route to being one of the MMA franchise's top fighters.

With Saturday night's beatdown of Sonnen in Las Vegas -- a TKO win at the 1:55 mark of Round 2 -- he now boasts a record 10th title defence and has set a new UFC standard of 15 straight victories. Going back to Cage Rage 16, after which Silva then joined the UFC, he has won 16 consecutive MMA bouts.

One of the only times Silva looked like he would lose a match was back in 2010 against Sonnen in their first match at UFC 117.

That battle is what hyped Saturday's rematch.

"Chael did what he did best (Saturday night), which is take me down," Silva said of the challenger's aggressive first-round success. "The only difference is I wasn't hurt this time.

"Chael came prepared -- he gave 100%."

He had to, especially after running his mouth leading up to UFC 148, as Sonnen repeatedly bashed Silva and his hometown country, Brazil. Some feel Sonnen crossed the line in hyping the match. Silva was a diplomatic victor post-fight.

"I have nothing against Chael," said Silva, a Brazilian Ju-Jitsu black-belt. "Chael disrespected my country, but this is the UFC."

"Let's show him Brazil has manners," Silva continued. "I want everyone to applaud Chael.

"And Chael, if you'd like to have a BBQ over at my house, I'd love to have you over for a BBQ."

The second round saw Silva turn the fight around, hurting Sonnen with a vicious knee to the body that some onlookers believed was illegal.

"The knee was legal," White said post-fight. "There is no need to talk about the knee. The knee was legal."

Silva then pounded Sonnen to wrap up the fight.

"The better guy wins every time," Sonnen said. "The better guy won. He got me with a good shot. I was on the ground, and he got me with a good knee.

"Anderson finds a way to win, and I admire it. Nobody owes me anything -- they gave me the opportunity. I am very grateful to have the chance. He's a true champion, man."

But Silva's a champion without another legitimate middleweight contender to face -- at least not one that anybody's talking about.

"Yes, I still have the motivation," said Silva of fighting UFC middleweights. "What motivates me is to be involved in the sport, like being involved in the weigh-ins yesterday that broke all the records and it's always motivating to be among the top athletes out here.

"To stand up here with all these great athletes, I still find the motivation to fight."


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