After one of the most dramatic championship bouts in UFC history, most fans and MMA insiders were thinking about an immediate rematch. However, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva had something completely different on his mind following his stunning come-from-behind victory over challenger Chael Sonnen.
“The one thing I was thinking about, I was thinking about my home,” Silva noted at the UFC 117 post-fight press conference through translator Ed Soares. “I was thinking about my kids, my family, my wife. I haven’t seen them in three months. I was thinking about my grandmother who passed away three weeks ago. I was thinking about my family and I couldn’t wait to get back home to see them.”
UFC President Dana White noted that an immediate rematch may not necessarily be in the works, and Silva may face Vitor Belfort next. Belfort was slated to face Silva at UFC 112 in April, however had to withdraw from the bout due to a shoulder injury.
“I still have teammates Rafael Feijao going for a championship, and the Nogueira brothers fighting,” Silva noted. “After that, that’s when I’ll think about what’s next. Whatever the UFC decides is fine with me.”