There’s long been talk of dominant middleweight champion Anderson Silva making a definitive move up to light-heavyweight. So far he’s just toyed with the idea, making cameo appearances at 205lbs in the past few of years, humiliating both James Irvin and Forrest Griffin with first round knockouts in the process.
According to UFC president Dana White the time could be fast approaching when a more permanent move could be on the cards.
“He’s got to get through this fight with Chael, and then we’re going to start talking about him going to 205,” White told MMAweekly at the UFC Fan Expo.
Getting past Sonnen is not a given though as Dana is well aware.
He could knock Chael out, but I tell you what, Chael’s going to be in his face going for takedowns. I actually like this fight with Chael Sonnen. The Demian Maia thing, Demian Maia is awesome. I like him. I respect him. He’s a great jiu-jitsu guy. You can’t compare his takedowns to Chael’s,” he says.
Personally I’d love to see Silva at light-heavyweight more often as there’s far more challenging fights for him there at this moment in time.
At the same time I’m still also interested in the prospect of Silva fighting Vitor Belfort which in all honesty I would actually have preferred if that fight had been made instead of the Sonnen one.