Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva thinks Ronda Rousey can comeback from her back to back losses to Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm, but she needs to be more selective when she does return to the octagon for her next UFC match. Silva thinks it’s a bad idea for Rousey to be going after champions following defeats like the ones she’s suffered recently.
Silva wouldn’t make that move. Silva, 41, knows from experience though, as he lost to Chris Weidman by a 2nd round knockout in 2013. Instead of returning to action in a confidence boosting type fight, Silva took on Weidman in a rematch five months later at UFC 168 and was stopped in the 2nd round in December 2013.
Silva beat Nick Diaz by a 5 round decision at UFC 183 in January 2015, but that win was overturned and changed to a no contest after Silva tested positive for a banned substance. In Silva’s last two fights, he’s lost to Michael Bisping by a five round decision in February of last year, and then Daniel Cormier by a 3rd round decision. Silva has taken no confidence booster type fights against lesser opposition, and he’s paid the price in losing four of his last five fights. You can argue that the 41-year-old Silva has gotten old overnight, as he dominated the UFC for many years at middleweight.
“Regardless of what happened, regardless of what will happen in your life, you have to keep your head up because what you’ve done is in history,” Silva said during an interview to Brazilian TV show Combate News. “Regardless of wins and losses, you have to worry about what you think it’s important in your life. “I hope 2017 is a year of more accomplishments. If you continue fighting, I hope you come back well. My personal and technical opinion as a fighter is that you should choose better your opponents in your comeback. Don’t fight someone who’s so active as the champion. That was a wrong strategy. I hope you come back because you are a great athlete. God bless you.”
I wish I could say that Rousey is going to listen to what Silva is saying and take it easy when it comes to her next opponent, but I don’t think she will. I see Rousey going for another good opponent with striking skills and wind up losing to them.