Anderson Silva on fighting at light heavyweight
Anderson Silva recently did an interview with tatame.com that fightline.com translated into English. Silva claims he doesn’t plan on sticking around at the light heavyweight level after his fight with James Irvin at UFC Fight Night 14 July 19.
“I don't have intention to fight on this category and I’m only doing this because they (UFC) asked me and I think I can do it. I don't intend to fight for this belt, this belt belongs to Lyoto (Machida) and he already proved that. I'm going to fight because I like to fight and because I like challenges.”-Anderson Silva, Fightline.com
I don’t buy this. I can certainly understand his hesitance to go after the light heavyweight belt while a friend is blazing through the division. That isn’t uncommon. Of course, it goes directly against what UFC president Dana White said at the UFC 86 pre-fight news conference about Anderson Silva.
“He wants to hold both the 185 and the 205 pound belt and he wants to defend them both. Normally I won't let guys do stuff like that because it's just ... stupid. I'll let Anderson Silva do it.”-Dana White
I think, ultimately, we will see Silva fight more at 205. He claims he doesn’t want to but I’ve covered a few of Silva’s fights and after every one, when asked who he wants to fight next, he basically says “whoever they want me to” fight. He’s made it clear that he will fight whoever the UFC wants him to. Now, when journalists threw out Rampage’s name as a possible opponent, Silva quickly smiled and shook his head, laughing it off. But, if the UFC wants him more at 205, he will fight more at 205. And I highly doubt the UFC would bring him up to light heavyweight for one fight. They have to have bigger plans in store for him.
I'm talking to him Tuesday so hopefully I'll have more on the situation then.