Brazilian star Wanderlei Silva has indicated that he intends to turn his back on the middleweight division and move back up in weight for his next fight in the UFC.
“I want to either fight a catchweight bout at 198 pounds (93 kg) or at light heavyweight,” Silva tells Sherdog.com, adding, “At middleweight, I’m very hungry (laughs).”
Silva moved down to 185lbs in February of 2010 after picking up just one win in four fights, but he hasn’t fared all that much better since, going 2-2 in the division.
Personally I think that it’s a risky move for him as despite his unquestionable heart and toughness his punch resistance isn’t what it once was and he’ll be facing a slew of heavy-hitter if he moves back up to light-heavyweight.
Still, this was the weight class that many of Silva’s most famous victories came in so he’ll be hoping that he can rediscover that form which made him one of the most feared fighters in the history of the sport.
If that doesn’t prove to be the case however, you’d have to imagine that UFC president Dana White may start putting increased pressure on the 36 year-old to hang up his gloves.