Anderson Silva: Doesn't He Know This Is a Fight?

J. Michael MorrisSenior Analyst IJuly 28, 2008

What in the H-E-double hockeysticks was Anderson Silva doing at the EliteXC fight on Saturday night?

Can't he recognize a major fight?

I know there is a little translation problem, but Dana White needs to explain to him which team he is on.

There are almost no experienced challengers for UFC, but there are some dangerous up-and-coming fighters in Affliction and EliteXC.

Business is the greatest sport of all and Dana White is the current world champion in the MMA business. He has some very good contenders trying to take that belt.

Affliction has Donald "Great Hair" Trump and the EliteXC has network television heavyweight CBS. Both are financially tough enough to sustain early-round punishment and still compete for a judges' decision.

Thanks to people like Andersen Silva in his corner, Dana White is winning on everyone's scorecard. It is very early in the fight though, and anything can happen in the UFC.

Pride tapped out after a legendary career and now helps prepare Dana for upcoming events. But EliteXC scored a knockdown against UFC and Dana White with the defection of Captain America.

I have only been marginally interested in the other leagues, until the baddest man on the planet, Anderson Silva, was seen in the crowd last Saturday, giving credibility to EliteXC only a week after defending his belt in the UFC.

The worst thing that could ever happen to MMA is a series of equal leagues competing with each other for talent, like boxing has. Un-unified belts and the best fighters not able to be paired together would spawn all the same problems that allowed MMA to grab boxing fan interest in the first place.

Dana, in the future, write contracts for fighters that restrict them from attending, and effectively endorsing, competing league events. At least the current UFC belt holders should respect the most important competition in MMA, the fight for fans.