Who Anderson Silva should fight next is current debate among MMA fans. Silva himself seems bored with the weak competition and has even got his eye on going toe-to-toe with champion – or ex-champion – boxers. On the MMA side of things, the name that keeps popping up to fight Silva is Yushin Okami, the middleweight that beat The Spider via disqualification a little over two years ago in a Rumble on the Rock tournament. Silva spoke to Sherdog recently – via his manager, Ed Soares – and is non too pleased with the Okami win.
Silva was dominating the fight. When Silva went to his back, Okami got in some of his best strikes of the bout. But an upkick from The Spider connected with Okami’s mug, sending the fighter back. Troy “Rude Boy” Mandaloniz held Silva back from exacting more pain to Okami. Why did “Rude Boy” hold Silva back, you ask? He was the ref for the match. That’ll for sure be a question in Trivial Pursuit: MMA, so remember it. Anyway, Okami couldn’t recover and the DQ gave him the win.
Silva has a different point of view:
“I feel it was a cheap, cowardly way of winning,” a pointed Silva says more than two years after the scrap. “People that were there saw that he was in the condition to come back and keep fighting, and he didn’t.”
Silva says he doesn’t “really think much of anything of Okami,” but the Brazilian was more poised when stuck under Henderson than he is when discussing the Japanese fighter.
“It wasn’t really a fight,” Silva describes the disqualification loss before adding that he doesn’t want to talk about it anymore.
Anderson Silva has steamrolled guys like Dan Henderson, Chris Leben, Nathan Marquardt, Rich Franklin twice, and Travis Lutter in impressive fashion. And he didn’t seem pissed at them or think them cowardly. Yushin Okami might be in line to fight Silva in the very near future and Silva has been stewing over the DQ for over two years. R.I.P., Okami.
This could be an intriguing match-up. Both fighters have almost equal records – Silva has one less win than Okami at 21-4 – and you know how Dana White loves him some trash talk. With Silva verbalizing his desire for a challenge and looking at boxing guys like Roy Jones, Jr., coupled with his verbal bitch slap of Okami, the wheels on this one should start turning. Oh and the matter of that DQ win for Okami? Check it out. Was it warranted?