So when UFC president Dana White called to see if he was interested in replacing Jon "Bones" Jones as Daniel Cormier's opponent Saturday night, Silva decided to make it a working vacation.
The Brazilian has fought at 205lbs three times, in the period between 2008 and 2012, winning all three bouts by first-round knockouts.
In a news conference on Thursday, he apologised to Cormier, saying: "I know this fight means a lot to him".
Wrestling was the name of the game for Cormier as he started employing ground-and-pound and ground Silva's energy away controlling the fight from the top. "Any times he's moved up to 205 he's looked even better than he did at 185, which is insane".
The UFC was able to salvage its signature event on Saturday by matching Daniel Cormier with the former middleweight champion Anderson Silva on Thursday evening.
It is a three-round non-title light heavyweight fight. According to ESPN, Silva will need medical clearance from the Nevada Steve Athletic Commission. Matter of fact, Silva hasn't (cleanly) won a fight in any weight class since his last fight at 205 against Stephen Bonnar. To make matters more concerning, Silva had gall bladder surgery just weeks ago and said he has hardly trained the past two months.
White said veteran Dan Henderson and UFC 200 fighter Gegard Mousasi also volunteered to fight Cormier. It has been a rollercoaster ride for "DC" after his main event rematch with Jones was scrapped following the interim title holder's failed drugs test.
In a video released by Fox Sports, Cormier said it's a privilege to fight Silva. Whatever happens, this is yet another confusing bump in the winding road that is Jon Jones' life and career. Silva provides another narrative, and the UFC still has a replacement headliner - the fight between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt.