UFC May Be on Brink of Losing Second Major Star in Weeks

Published on December 27th, 2013 4:12 pm EST

UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2 is just a couple of days away. The main event of the card will feature Anderson "The Spider" Silva against Chris Weidman for the Middleweight title, a title which Weidman shockingly took from Silva earlier in the year.

Anderson Silva has been dominant throughout the entirety of his UFC run - so dominant, in fact, that many people forget that the "Spider" is nearly 40 years of age (he'll turn 39 in April). Silva has fought many times in the UFC, and he was champion for an extraordinarily long period of time.

During a pre-event press conference, Silva revealed that there is a "great" chance that he will be retiring following his fight at UFC 168. As we learned from Georges St. Pierre's recent "retirement" announcement, being a UFC champion for such a long period of time is extremely draining, especially when you are one of the faces of the promotion.

Losing Anderson Silva mere weeks after losing Georges St. Pierre would obviously be a crushing blow for the UFC, and they are obviously hoping that Silva chooses to stick around for at least a few more fights. If Silva wins at UFC 168, he will almost certainly have a rematch against Vitor Belfort, which is a fight that would sell extremely well in Brazil. As a matter of fact, the UFC would likely choose to host that fight in a soccer stadium in Brazil.

If Weidman does beat Silva at UFC 168, there is a very, very strong chance (in my opinion) that Silva would choose to call it a career. After all, he has made many millions of dollars from fighting and from several lucrative sponsorships, and he very likely does not need the money. In addition, Silva hosts a number of records that will likely never be broken (striking accuracy, title reign length, etc).

Will Anderson Silva retire on Saturday night? This is just one of the many intriguing story lines of UFC 168.

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