Given that he’s won all 10 of his fights in the UFC and has successfully defended his middleweight title five times it’s understandable that 34 year old Anderson Silva is looking for new challenges in his career.
In interviews over the past few months he has suggested that he would like to fight at both 205lbs (where he already holds two wins inside the octagon), and even at 265lbs. Speaking to Yahoo! reporter Kevin Iole ahead of his UFC 112 bout with Demian Maia however, Silva went one step further and suggested that he would also be willing to drop down to welterweight in order to test himself against current champion Georges St.Pierre.
“It’s not that I want to go fight Georges St. Pierre for his title. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the reigning champion, the absolute champion, in that weight category. But I just want to test myself and see how I’d do at that weight.”
Getting down to 170lbs would be no easy task for the Brazilian given that he is known to walk around at as much as 220lbs. If he could make the weight though, then that would surely convince the UFC that the fight between two of MMA’s pound-for-pound greats should at last be given the green-light.
The fight has been at the top of many MMA fans wish-list for some time, with it being suggested that GSP could move up to challenge Silva at 185lbs, but UFC president Dana White has went on record stating that he feels Silva is too big for the welterweight champion.
Meanwhile St.Pierre himself has been somewhat reluctant to push for the fight, with concerns over the size difference between the two also believed to be a concern for him.
Therefore Silva making the move down in weight instead seems like the perfect solution.
‘The Spider’ is quick to point out however that he would want to have a ‘warm-up’ fight at 170lbs first before fighting the champion to ensure that he could indeed make the weight. If he did there would be no shortage of credible opponents for him to face there.
Whether any of this will actually become a reality remains to be seen though. The UFC may well have other plans for the star, and before they can be put into place he has to get past Demian Maia on Saturday night.
Update: Read Dana White’s reaction to Silva’s comments here