This is really unfortunate. But if you think about it, what else is really left for him? I mean killing Rich Franklin twice doesn't get as much attention as it deserves, simply because it has been done. Before Anderson ran through him, Rich was without a doubt the number one middleweight and one of the premier fighters in the world. The fact that Rich could probably beat anyone at 185 except Andy proves that. There is not a guy at 185 that can touch Anderson. He's already beaten Hendo and Marquardt. I mean, as a fan of Anderson, I'd love for him to fight for 5 years, destroying anyone that may rise up to the challenge, but perhaps Anderson has other stuff on his mind.
After he beats Cote, he'll fight Okami again. He'll beat Okami, then fight the winner of Bisping/Hendo. Either he'll cash in with the Bisping fight or have a chance to remove any lingering doubts with a Hendo rematch. To push it further, let's say he fights the loser afterwards, clearing any doubts. I mean, there is obviously the chance that he could lose in these fights, but it is highly unlikely.
A fight against GSP? Sure, it would spark interest, but in all honesty, I think GSP would be outclassed here. GSP would try to take Anderson down, and will probably be successful, but Anderson will find a way to finish the fight. A fight against Chuck? Sure, it's a money fight, but I think it's pretty obvious who wins here. A run at 205? I think he has too much respect for Machida and Lil Nog to interupt that division. After all, I think Anderson feels he is hurting teammates like Paulo Filho by sticking around too long. Maybe he feels like a burden.
I think Anderson needs to sufer defeat to get re-energized. Although it is highly unlikely, given his personality and history, I think if Anderson gets too cocky and comes into a fight un-prepared and losses, he'll find a spark again.
I respect that Anderson is not whining or bashing fighters, he is politely saying how he feels. As a fan, it would be a sad thing, but we got to try and understand what he is saying.
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