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Anderson Silva May Vacate Middleweight Title to Move Up to Light-Heavyweight Permanently

(Doing the bird dance. Feeling the flow. Working it. Photo courtesy of LasVegasSun.)

Don’t know about y’all, but Anderson Silva‘s flawless victory over Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 made the prospect of a second fight with Dan Henderson even less interesting to me; if the Spider’s competitive days are truly numbered, I’d much rather see him rumble with guys like Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz, and yes, even Lyoto Machida, rather than sit through sequels to old fights. Luckily, it seems that Silva feels the same way (except for the Machida part). According to this Yahoo! Sports article, Silva’s manager Ed Soares approached UFC president Dana White after Saturday’s event and suggested that Silva vacate his middleweight title and move to light-heavyweight permanently. White was very receptive to the idea, saying:

“I’d let him. We’d put [the middleweight title] up for grabs…In the talks I’ve had with Anderson, he wants to take on the best in the world. He’s the most talented fighter in the world, the best pound for pound fighter and it’s a joke to say anyone else is. And he wants to continue to prove [it]…He would jump in that mix [at the top of the light heavyweight division]. You’ve got Rashad, you’ve got Rampage, Machida is the champion. And Tito is in the mix now.”

Despite Dana’s bluster, I don’t believe Silva will ever fight his friend and training partner Machida. But after clearing out the UFC’s middleweight division, fighting top light-heavyweight contenders is clearly the best use of Silva’s time. And as an added bonus, the middleweight division will become interesting again. Could a fight between Dan Henderson and the winner of Maia vs. Marquardt determine the division’s next champion? And who will be Anderson Silva’s next 205-pound victim? Stay tuned…

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danomite- August 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm
suck a dick armfarmer. dan henderson and nate marquardt were already done before the fight went to the ground. please watch the fights instead of just looking them up on fight finder. fact is, dan henderson was tooling him on the ground in the first round and lost because he tried to stand with him.
ihernandez028- August 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm
I want to see Silva vs. Henderson again but at 205...
Dagnut- August 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm
fair play arm farmer good all the retards who think the fight was a fix...please put down the joint and use some logic...what could anyone possibly gain from taking a dive? it would destroy the ufc's reputation and of all the fighters to do the least likely would be griffin..a guy wit average talent and an appetite for hard work and conditioning.
Look at how the odds where pre fight..if griffin was a big favourite and came out and flopped you might have some case..but no one gave him a chance and who was really surprised?
I don't comment on a lot of things but the notion of a fix is so laughable
godsloneranger- August 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm
tito ortiz? tito ortiz? of my goodness are you serious. Thats so funny putting tito in there with rampage hahaha thats good.
Ouch That hurts- August 10, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Griffin's new book will be titled "Got Quit?"
GetUpAndKill- August 10, 2009 at 11:10 am
@ Armfarmer

Well put Sir, looks like you don't have a case of the Mondays.
831 Son- August 10, 2009 at 11:06 am
^^^ Thank you. I couldn't express enough how dumb the "fix" idea is/was.
ArmFarmer- August 10, 2009 at 10:58 am
"Silva is garbage. He is moving to light heavy because its a division full of strikers who he knows he can beat standing up."

Yeah after choking out Dan Henderson, tko'ing Nate Marquardt with ground and pound, and submitting Travis Lutter with a triangle from his back I'd be scared of the 185lb division too.. you are absolutly right those guys must have scared him away from fighting grapplers. I mean I would be afraid of grapplers if I'd fought the best of them and beat them all at their own game.. that'd be my cue to run away from those guys..

Brilliant post my friend.

On another note is anyone else tired of hearing people screaming "fix" and "work"? No one did this when he dropped leben with seemingly weak punches, no one questioned Irvan going down from a single straight punch, or Marquardt getting demolished by punches that didn't appear to have a lot behind them. For some reason people think that because Forrest had a sloppy 3 round brawl with Bonnar 6 years ago that his chin is made of iron. I guess everyone forgot about the Jardine arm punch that put him out and the inside full gaurd punches that Rashad knocked him out cold with. Forrest has a questionable chin and Silva has pinpoint accuracy and technique that causes every punch to be devistating, end of story.
ktfo- August 10, 2009 at 10:35 am
i like silva fighting at 205....i dont like the idea of him vacating the belt, then he will always be considered the real champ and the mw belt wont mean as much in my opinion, and im sure hendo feels the same way, he wants to fight silva again.
GetUpAndKill- August 10, 2009 at 10:22 am
Wait a minute, if Silva won't fight Machida...and Machida won't fight Silva...does this mean they will be tag teaming at LHW? I've heard of double penetration but NEVER EVER like this....
Biffmiester- August 10, 2009 at 10:05 am
I second that opinion, 831.
Just A Wrestler- August 10, 2009 at 10:05 am
I agree with 831 Son, even if any 170 pounder moved up.

@danomite.. Quentin Jackson: Wrestler, Rashad Evans: Wrestler, Me: Just A Wrestler. even though they are mostly stand up fighters i think the winner of their fight should fight silva next. LHW is the craziest division in the ufc by far.

Happy Gilmore Reference FTW
831 Son- August 10, 2009 at 9:56 am
@ danomite, you are an idiot. No one at 185 poses a threat to Anderson. Maia isn't even that good, and if he beat Nate Marquardt then he would lose to Anderson. Henderson would lose also. 205 is the only place for a challenge. You are a moron. Id like to beat your ass because you are a retard. Oh and the whole 170 weight class would get demolished by him, but it doesnt matter because Anderson cant cut that much weight. IDIOT.
danomite- August 10, 2009 at 9:43 am
Silva is garbage. He is moving to light heavy because its a division full of strikers who he knows he can beat standing up. Name one good wrestler in the 205 division who is willing to take the fight to the ground. Matt Hamill thinks he's a K-1 champ nowadays, Tito? he's 5 years past his prime. he would have destroyed anderson when he was champ but he will just get demolished now.

all the people who can give anderson problems are at 185 or 170.

anderson silva is useless unless he's fighting a guy who is gonna come out swinging against him. Dana white knows that and that's why he's gonna keep feeding him these guys at 205 and call him the best pound 4 pound fighter in the world even though Griffin was only like half an inch taller with less reach.
MidwestFightFan- August 10, 2009 at 9:39 am
@ ecimmortal

Never read Sherdog, and I am a huge fight fan. Fan does not mean know it all asshole, but in your case you are quite the FAN!

I came to that conclusion on my own. When Griffin looks like he's fighting in an amateur boxing match the question needs to be asked, so get off your high horse.

Does anyone know what Machida's "walk around" weight is? He would look tiny next to lesner!!
spikeacosta- August 10, 2009 at 9:37 am
if bj penn was allowed to "make history" by holding two belts why not anderson silva?

what does anderson silva really want to do? does he want to fight the best? or does he want to avoid fighting his friend? mma as a sport should not let personal business get in the way. lyoto is a true martial artist and would also want to fight the best, whoever it is.

i say, let him take the usual route of fighting for contention in the light heavyweight, and let him keep the middleweight belt.

if he is the best fighter within 185-205 then he deserves two belts.
stylin- August 10, 2009 at 9:27 am
When talking about the great camps out there, everyone is quick to point to the Greg Jackson camp, AKA, & ATT, but it's time to give Black House some love. With Silva, Machida, & Nogueira & Cavalcante brothers, you've got a crew of champions right there. Everyone there is a straight up BEAST!!! Time to give Black House their due.
Biffmiester- August 10, 2009 at 9:26 am
lol @ the Happy Gilmore caption.

Two things. One: I feel bad for my boy Rich Franklin, like others have alluded to. Poor guy can't escape the web of the Spider. I see him going back down to 185. If he rematches with Hendo, then I see it definitely being for the title.
Two: Anderson is just a beast. I got a funny feeling that he would rock the shit outta Brock Lesnar, too. The guy's just awesome. If he's sticking to LHW permanently, I don't see a worthy opponent yet until the Machida/Shogun & Evans/Rampage matches being dealt with. He'll defend his title probably one last time (against Hendo).
Terminator- August 10, 2009 at 9:21 am
@ Nikloai,

Yea Henderson won one round before getting choked out like a bitch. Silva would rape him all over again.
Nikloai- August 10, 2009 at 9:12 am
oh he's totally ducking dan henderson!

maybe it's not b/c he's afraid of losing, but b/c it won't be as exciting as fighting a pure striker

isn't henderson the only one to win a round against anderson in the ufc?
jim_cunningham- August 10, 2009 at 9:04 am
The ref's face is hilarious - it says to me: "What a monster!"

to those who say the fight was fixed - can you imagine for one moment what it would be like to be tagged right on the chin by a 200lb man that has been fighting on his life with a right hook - a power hook is a rare feat- used for finishing fights and when your opponents skills are slow - anderson uses this as a lead punch - his speed and accuracy are ridiculous. Lots of punches land on the ears, cheekbones, rear jaw, and etc- these tend to just hurt - right on the chin creates the knockout- anderson connect three times with a clean right hook to forrest's jaw - he is a monster and he is NOT AFRAID - jim cunningham
BuckWild- August 10, 2009 at 8:54 am
Rich just fought Wandy at a catch weight of 195. I don't think he is stuck at 205. I think the UFC will put him back at 185 and let him and Hendo rematch eventually for the title.

Or Anderson will just retire after his contract is up and go out with a Boxing match with Roy Jr
BigJare66- August 10, 2009 at 8:51 am
how does this play into Rich Franklin's plans.....he jumped to 205 because he was a gate keeper at best with silva as champ at 185....does he go back down to 185 and rematch hendo?
Dubbayoo- August 10, 2009 at 8:48 am
@ CagePotato:

You can't see it on the broadcast, but Anderson did a somersault at full speed in his post-fight celebration. That pic was taken right before. A little different from the GSP backflip, but possibly more entertaining, as he continued to run as rolled back to his feet. It's funny how the camera cut away at that exact instant, but you can hear the thud.

Over n out August 10, 2009 at 8:42 am
Wow is the word. I really like Forrest but Anderson made him look so ineffective. this dude is freaky good.