In his next fight at UFC 73 on July 7, 2007, Silva successfully defended his title against Nate Marquardt , winning by TKO at 4:50 in the first round. Three months later, on October 20, 2007, at UFC 77 , Silva fought a title defense rematch against Rich Franklin, in Franklin's hometown of Cincinnati , Ohio, at the . Bank Arena .  Silva defended his belt by defeating Franklin via TKO in the 2nd round. On March 1, 2008, at UFC 82 Silva fought Pride Middleweight champion Dan Henderson , in a title unification bout (UFC and Pride titles on the line). Henderson was believed to have the edge on the ground, having competed in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling . Silva defended his title by defeating Henderson via rear naked choke in the 2nd round. At UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin on July 19, 2008, Silva made his debut at Light Heavyweight (205 lb (93 kg)) in a bout against James Irvin . Silva won via KO due to strikes in 1:01 of the first round after catching Irvin's attempted leg kick with his left arm and delivering a straight right that dropped Irvin to the mat, Silva then finished a prone Irvin with a blitz of punches to the head.     Irvin later tested positive for methadone and oxymorphone. 
But while they failed to kidnap Jessica and turn her into a test subject for the mind altering effects of the MAW Device, they did manage to grab Michelle Trachtenberg and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and as they have been turned into mindless playthings for the cuckolded husbands and boyfriends of our mansion girls, does a similar fate await them too? And what of Michelle, the seemingly loyal maid? A trip to France has uncovered the terrible truth about her secret life as a French spy and assassin and now Franklin is racing home to try and warn Waldo and Delbert before it’s too late and Michelle eliminates them to discover the whereabouts of the MAW Device and keep her deadly secret from her friends lest she have to turn on them as well.
Well, of course Anderson wouldn’t perform at his best in this fight as it had been almost a year since he last competed. That kind of time takes a lot out of you. You start feeling nervous again and loose a lot of your confidence which play a huge role in the fighting business. And anyway, it was a great show from the former champ. He did what he had to, beat Diaz standing. And it was all that was needed. I don’t see a reason, why Anderson should have done something that wasn’t necessary. It was an easy fight for him. All of the guys who think this fight shows Anderson should retire have never competed themselves.