Originally Posted by rivethead
I don't believe--and this is pure conjecture--that they'd ever risk Silva's legacy. I don't believe Anderson would risk his legacy, particularly if he's retired.
I actually don't see the UFC doing it at all, I think dana is too emotional and stubborn, but if they did, I just can't see them offering him a fight that actually had any implications on the brand the UFC has crafted.
See, there in lies the problem that I hate very much about a guy like Silva.
Great champions are always willing to prove something. Michael Jordan retired at the high point of his career, winning 3 straight champions and to come back and do it again. But he came again, only this time to prove he still had game and can hang with the younger generation of players. Many believed he ruined his legacy, but I think to him that wasnt an issue and was merely to test himself out, regardless if he didnt win a title or his career Points per game average dropped.
A 50 year old Randy Couture would consider coming out of retirement, solely to test himself against a legend in Fedor. I dont see him caring about his legacy or making a fuss over the payday or incentives he should receive the way I think Silva would make if wanted to fight Fedor. Hell, I think better chance of Lesnar coming out of retirement,risking everything and taking a fight with Fedor than Silva would.