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Old 08-08-2012, 05:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Anderson Silva contemplating vacating MW title, move to WW to fight GSP

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Here's one way to solve the 185-pound problem the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is having -- have the champion vacate the title and move down to become a 170-pound problem.

That's apparently a move Middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva is considering now that the list of contenders in the weight class he's owned for six years now is less than appetizing. During a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed a conversation he had with higher ups at the UFC who told him he could reveal a few possibilities that could play themselves out in the future, likely sometime next year.

This is all subject to change, of course, but apparently, "The Spider" is kicking around the notion of vacating the middleweight title and moving down to welterweight to challenge division champion Georges St. Pierre for a superfight we know the promotion is already hoping to put together assuming "Rush" is able to defeat Carlos Condit when they tussle at UFC 154 in November.

That would free up the middleweight strap to a whole host of contenders who would no longer be under the long shadow cast by Silva, the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time.

Interestingly enough, that could also be the reason Lyoto Machida came into his UFC on Fox 4 bout against Ryan Bader weighing just 201-pounds. He was a lean, mean ass-kicking machine and his knockout victory was so impressive, he earned a light heavyweight title shot with it.

But he may have his eyes set on the belt Silva currently has around his waist.

Indeed, UFC President Dana White revealed Ed Soares, who manages both Silva and Machida, told the bossman he needed to have a conversation with him over the weekend during the "Shogun vs. Vera" event. That talk never happened so the details aren't available but it's entirely possible, this could be what he wanted to discuss.

Now that Machida has earned a shot at the 205-pound title, plans have either changed or been put on hold. Assuming "The Dragon" loses to Jon Jones in a rematch, or Dan Henderson if he wins the belt at UFC 151 in Las Vegas, that would finally free him up to switch weight classes.

There's no telling whether or not any of that will happen, but it's something to consider.

Plus, as mentioned previously, this is assuming St. Pierre defeats Condit later this year to retain his title to maintain the appeal of a superfight between the two top pound-for-pound fighters on Earth.

It should be noted that it's entirely possible any number of scenarios play out that put a stop to all this talk but with the current climate at middleweight and Silva's unwillingness to move up to light heavyweight, it seems downright logical that he move down for a match-up that would unquestionably be the biggest of all time.

Here's to hoping it happens.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll believe it when I see it.

He was considering moving to boxing only like a year and a half ago.

He does this kind of stuff in between fights, and he always ends up back at MW smashing faces.
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I'll believe it when I see it.

He was considering moving to boxing only like a year and a half ago.

He does this kind of stuff in between fights, and he always ends up back at MW smashing faces.
Well to be fair GSP vs Silva has been rumored for years. As for boxing I doubt the UFC would let Anderson do it. I believe it was a reality until Silva decided to do what he did in the Maia fight. The man really has nothing left to prove, leaving the MW does nothing to his legacy he is still the greatest MW ever.

But I don't see a point in him vacating the title, why not be the champ at two division?

BTW I would love to hear people's opinion on GSP vs Silva two years later. Back then I know a lot of people said GSP would beat Silva easily. However two years later a lot of people have switched their tune to Silva would murder him.
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They finally realised that he can deal with an elite wrestler.
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They finally realised that he can deal with an elite wrestler.
I always thought he could, I just believe he was that confident with his BJJ that he really did not care if he got taken down.

The sad part about this Super fight is I can actually see Silva toying with GSP like he did with Okami,Forrest,etc. GSP would actually be in some serious trouble if this fight happened. The old GSP would have had a great chance, however the new GSP can't strike for shit. All that wrestling will be no good when you can't finish, and the guy your trying to finishing is mentally stronger and has a mentality of a real fighter , and not an athlete.
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They finally realised that he can deal with an elite wrestler.
I think he's considering this to avoid one. This fight has never interested me. why drop down to beat up a smaller fighter. If he really wanted a challenge he would go the other way. This feels to me like he's looking for easy money and avoiding Weidman.
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I think he's considering this to avoid one. This fight has never interested me. why drop down to beat up a smaller fighter. If he really wanted a challenge he would go the other way. This feels to me like he's looking for easy money and avoiding Weidman.
Really? What can Weidman do? GSP is the biggest star in MMA he did not get that way because he's a can. I don't see where size plays a factor its not like Silva is a fighter who uses his wrestling abilities or grappling. Why on earth would he be ducking Weidman, to face a guy at a new division who can probably out wrestle Weidman. The different between AS vs CW and AS vs GSP is probably a gap of millions and millions of dollars. Were talking about the biggest fight in UFC history.

I don't believe size plays a huge factor in MMA, the more talented guy always wins. I don't see how this is an easy fight for Anderson. GSP is one of the best wrestlers period in mma. The only way I see it being an easy fight is Silva's striking abilities. But he does have an advantage over everybody in the UFC. He could move up to HW and those abilities would make everybody an easy fight if they chose to stand with him.
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I think he's considering this to avoid one. This fight has never interested me. why drop down to beat up a smaller fighter. If he really wanted a challenge he would go the other way. This feels to me like he's looking for easy money and avoiding Weidman.
In the grand scheme of things, who the F is Chris Weidman next to GSP? Anderson is one of the oldest fighters in the UFC and in all likelihood will be retiring soon, I would rather see the fight that i've wanted to see for years over Weidman.

I'd love to see him take Bones' head at LHW but I think Lyoto earning the title shot cemented which superfight Anderson was going to pursue.

I can't wait to see GSP's response.
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Yes...nowhere to go...nowhere to hide. GSP is a great ambassador for the sport and a phenemenal athlete. This fight must happen and Anderson is making the move which is crazy.

It's about legacy now.
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In the grand scheme of things, who the F is Chris Weidman next to GSP? Anderson is one of the oldest fighters in the UFC and in all likelihood will be retiring soon, I would rather see the fight that i've wanted to see for years over Weidman.

I'd love to see him take Bones' head at LHW but I think Lyoto earning the title shot cemented which superfight Anderson was going to pursue.

I can't wait to see GSP's response.
Who is CHris Weidman? He's a dominant force and even though he doesn't have the name recognition of a GSP, he is a very very good fighter with world class skills. I think Anderson is one if not the best fighter in UFC history, but I would be afraid for his legacy if he took the fight with Weidman, cause Weidman really does have the tools to dethrone him. I know you swing off Anderson's nuts, and that's great IMO since you're a loyal fan, but Weidman is in fact a very dangerous fight for Anderson.

But I will admit, I am intrigued to hear what GSP has to say but truth being told, I've never been sold on this fight between them. If it does happen I'll put my Fan face on, and say GSP will power double his but into the matt :P lol
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