UFC 95: Anderson Silva Sells Tickets in London, but Who Will He Fight? Keith Jardine?


The UFC has already sold more than 4,000 tickets to its February 21 UFC 95 show in London, which is an impressive number, considering that fans don't know what they're paying to see: So far, the UFC hasn't said who's fighting on that card.

However, most people believe that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will fight in the main event, and it's apparently the strength of Silva's name that is moving those tickets. But who's he going to fight?

I'm starting to get a bad feeling that it won't be a marquee opponent. There just isn't a very good No. 1 middleweight contender for Silva to fight right now, and as deep as the light heavyweight division is, there might not be a good 205-pound opponent for him, either.

The UFC seems lukewarm at best on the long-discussed Anderson Silva vs. Chuck Liddell fight, and all of the other top light heavyweights have fights against each other coming up (Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva, Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva, even Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson) that probably preclude any of them from being ready to fight again by February 21.

If it's not going to be Silva vs. Liddell, the best option the UFC has for a Silva opponent on February 21 is probably Keith Jardine, who is known to the fans in London because he beat Brandon Vera at UFC 89. But really, does anyone doubt that Anderson Silva would do the same thing to Jardine that Wanderlei Silva and Houston Alexander did to him?

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