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Dana White Says Anderson May Move Up to Light Heavyweight if He Gets Past Chael Sonnen at UFC 117

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During a Q&A session at this weekend’s UFC Fan Expo UFC president Dana White revealed that his promotion’s middleweight champion, Anderson Silva may be moving up a weight class sooner than anticipated.

Although he has only fought twice at that heavier weight, the way that he defeated, or rather destroyed both of his opponents is why White’s interest in having him move up is so high. In between title defenses, Silva packed on considerable muscle to move up and knock out James Irvin at UFN 14 and Forrest Griffin at UFC 101.

“I think Anderson is here today, and many of you will see what a huge guy this guy is. He’s huge. And not only has he dominated the 185-pound division, he’s done very well going up to 205," explained White. "I actually honestly can see him going up to 205 and mixing it up, up there. I don’t know. We’ll see. Anything can happen and things change all the time in this sport, but that’s the direction I see him going.”

White has mentioned several times in the past that there is a good chance that once Silva cleans out the division, he will likely move up to 205 to chase that division’s title. Now that the light heavyweight belt isn’t around the waist of his good friend and training partner Lyoto Machida, the move will be that much easier.

Personally, I would have loved to see Dana follow through with the proposed superfight between Silva and welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre that was teased during the UFC 112 broadcast. And what about Vitor? But the reality is, Silva may not make the jump if Chael Sonnen beats him this summer. Dana has repeatedly stated that "if" Silva cleans out the UFC’s middleweight class he would move up and he reiterated that statement last weekend, noting that Sonnen has surprised him before.

“He’s got to get through this fight with Chael, and then we’re going to start talking about him going to 205. He could knock Chael out, but I tell you what, Chael’s going to be in his face going for takedowns and he’s going to make him…I actually like this fight with Chael Sonnen. The Demian Maia thing, Demian Maia is awesome," White said. "I like him. I respect him. He’s a great jiu-jitsu guy. But you can’t compare his takedowns to Chael’s. Going into the Nate Marquardt fight I said ‘I don’t see how Chael Sonnen wins this fight. I don’t see how he does it. Nate’s got good takedown defense. Nate’s stand-up is nasty. Nate’s no joke.’ And you saw the outcome of that fight."

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fatbellyfrank- June 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm
Shitbird, I like shitbird, I'm gonna use that one
Richard Fitzentite- June 8, 2010 at 8:54 am
It was a toss up between "fuckstick" and "shitbird".
X- June 8, 2010 at 8:44 am
there are a lot of good fighters that people want to see...amazing no one wants to see Gayshad.....
BringtheRukus- June 8, 2010 at 8:04 am
Am I the only asshole that thinks Sonnen is going to win this fight?!? Don't get me wrong, I had my doubts about Sonnen, but I dont think Silva is as awesome as you all make him out to be..I think Sonnen will take him down and just grind on him for the win, which having to watch is as grueling as watching a Silva fight anyways. Remember when a fat Lutter mounted him twice with mediocre takedowns?!?

Side bar: I have been reading CP for a long time and finally looked at Bloody Shit Rag because of yesterdays post. I have to say, that site is a joke and showden* and kid* have to be the biggest douches.. Banning someone for making jokes is a bitch move. Those are the guys who stayed in thier dormrooms on a Sat night masterbating to a Randy poster and hoping someone would listen to thier terrible insight on the world of MMA.
fatbellyfrank- June 8, 2010 at 2:45 am
@ Boner, yeah, i has a certain magic with the Ladeeeez!!
ghostboner- June 8, 2010 at 12:21 am
"or used in a romantic setting as in " Come on sweet cheeks, suck the snotty end of me fuckstick".

Dam Frank that is some smooth romeo shit right there. you are my gnew hero Mr. Rico Suave. And that made me think of another line for the curb stomp metaphor festival.
fatbellyfrank- June 7, 2010 at 11:41 pm
Yeah, fuckstick is such a great one it deserves universal respect, I mean it can be used as an insult, as in "You stupid fuckstick" or used in a romantic setting as in " Come on sweet cheeks, suck the snotty end of me fuckstick".
And we loves us some Medium rare round these parts too, I think I'm still gonna call him Medium rare, cause being called fuckstick all the time can put an edge on your attitude! and Medium's a good soldier of the CP nation
ghostboner- June 7, 2010 at 11:25 pm
@FbF - Fuckstick is fairly popular around my neck of the woods as well. And the poster formerly known as medium rare is pretty popular too. We loves us some fuckstick!
fatbellyfrank- June 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm
Dear Dumbass and Fuckstick, firstly to you fuckstick, you know I love you I wouldn't chow down on any other buffalo wing turds but yours, Dumbass, Fuckstick was unaware of your thought process, he just thought you didn't know Silva's weight division. No harm done, cant we all just be friends? I think we all agree, apart from the dumbass Fucksticks, that sonnen's gonne get a beating and go crawling back into his slime pit.
And dumbass, are you an Aussie, because Fuckstick is a very widely used australian insult
J Akuma- June 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm
I think you guys ought to change your names.

Gonna do my best to forever refer to Richard as dumbass, and Medium as fuckstick.
Richard Fitzentite- June 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm
@ Fuckstick

"Don't take it seriously" says the statistic-nazi. Apparently I don't take it serious enough. One heinous error, like over looking the fact that a fighter spent most of his carrer cashing checks at LHW and has one shitty fight at MW...I fear that you even missed the whole point behind that post. I seriously don't know what I'm going to do now.


@El Guapo...thank you very little.
ccman- June 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm
To be fair elantius: NOONE thought he would get past hendo either. Not a fan of his style but he did beat him.
Elentius- June 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm
There are so many fighters that can beat Jake Shields at 170 or 185. The UFC is making a huge mistake if they are planning on him getting a belt, but I really do not think they are relying on that. They are smart and know that anything can happen to a golden boy. They are not EliteXC and would not rely on any one person.
GSP is the best ever, but Silva walks around at HW (220ish) and GSP only walks around at MW (190ish) so I do not see that fight happening.
A. Silva gets the LHW strap and then GSP gets a second title by jumping into MW.
fatbellyfrank- June 7, 2010 at 7:45 pm
Silva at 205, bring it on, the guy needs to be challenged, Sonnen wont change anything, he might piss of Silva enough with his fucken gibbering so Silva knocks him out quick, but he's not gonna win, So up to 205 you go young Anderson, and lets see what you can do there
EJayy- June 7, 2010 at 7:04 pm
Rather have Anderson stay at 185 and GSP go up. That way Dana's supposedly master plan to accommodate Jake Shields can run its course in WW, and we can finally see GSP/Silva.
Get Off Me- June 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Anyone else notice the wicked case of acid reflux Dana got hit with starting at about the 30 second mark going straight through?

Hey Soze...Ridiculously difficult....I've been watching him since day one in TKO and only now have I heard someone fully capture the essence of defending a GSP takedown...impressive.
ccman- June 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm
In other breaking news, the sky is blue.

Pretty sure we all knew this.
MediumRare- June 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm

You're welcome for the correction.

I know this is really serious shit but just breathe, man.



@El Guapo

You don't love me at all you shallow sonofabitch. I saw you with cecils_pupils. You're not gonna sweet talk me again, you fucker.
VegasDirt- June 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm
Silva is bored, and Sonnen ain't changing shit. Silva will beat the shit out of him for 35 seconds, get pissed cuz Sonnen won't do shit about it, and break into a full on macarena dance. Send that man up to the dogs, he's gotta fight bigger, tuffer guys …MW ain't got noothing for him.
cecils_pupils- June 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm
^^^hell yeah, bring the rest of the cool kids with you! Then BE will die a slow and painfully boring death.
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- June 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Long time reader, first time poster.

Just signed on because I'm sick of Bloody Dogfart and Squid Nate and co. ragging on the Potato.

War CP!

I was really looking forward to the Silva/Vitor fight, hopefully it eventually happens.

I love Sonnen's smack talk and have really been impressed with his latest wins, but I don't think he is the guy to beat silva. Sonnen is a decision machine, you are not going to beat Silva with a 5 round decision, too much time for Silva to KTFO you.

I would love it if somehow Sonnen pulls the upset, but I think he is going to sleep.
Hank Mardukis- June 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm
Shogun superfight here we come.....
El Guapo- June 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Dumbass and Fuckstick, chill. I love you both the same..

Not much.
cecils_pupils- June 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm
@Scott - man I hope Dana is putting a jinx on him. I'd like nothing more than to see his arrogant ass get humbled.
speedoguy- June 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm
I would love to see belfort vs silva at mw before Anderson moves up,I dont know why, but I think Vitors hand speed and power may be a problem for the spider