Silva vs Sonnen: What's Next for Anderson Silva?

Andres BoteroCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 7:   Anderson Silva reacts to the crowd during UFC 148 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Anderson Silva retained his middleweight championship title by defeating Chael Sonnen in the second round of their long anticipated rematch.

Now what?

After earning a TKO victory in the second round against Sonnen, there seem to be few options for Silva.

One is an unlikely retirement. I doubt Silva is even considering that.

Anderson Silva has dominated his opponents since his debut six years ago, and there is little else for him to do. He is arguably the greatest pound for pound fighter in UFC history.

The other option is the much more exciting (and likely) of the two: becoming a light heavyweight and challenging Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title.

Silva has won 15 straight UFC fights, including ten defenses of his middleweight title, so there seems to be nothing left for Silva in the middleweight category.

It would be great to see Silva move up and fight Jones, but as of yet there has been no formal declaration from either camp as to whether this super fight would ever occur. 

With that, Dan Henderson seems the most likely to face Silva if he moves up a weight class.

UFC president Dana White has a different opinion on the matter. 

Speaking to John Morgan of USA Today, White had this to say:

"He [Silva] said he wouldn't fight Chael again, either," White said with a smile following Saturday night's post-event press conference.

White has played a hand in some other light heavyweight bouts featuring Silva; the first was against Forrest Griffin and the next was against James Irving. 

White pointed to Michael Bisping, Hector Lombard and Mark Munoz as potential opponents for Silva, but as of now, nothing is set in stone. 

The only other option for SIlva is to cut weight down to 170 lbs and face Georges St-Pierre. GSP is recovering from knee surgery and will head back to the welterweight division to regain that title from interim champion Carlos Condit, as reported by Jeff Wagenheim of Sports Illustrated.

As for now, MMA fans wait with baited breath to see where Silva will turn up next.