Perennial competitor in the Light Heavyweight division, Wanderlei Silva, spoke with MMAWeekly recently and confirmed that he will be looking towards a move to Middleweight.
“Yeah, I could try because every guy in my division have to cut to 205 and my normal is 208. I’m going to test now… I’m going to cut my weight. Maybe I go to fight in my next fight at 185,” says Silva. Always toeing the company line, he’s not ready to make a permanent move, adding, “I could fight in both divisions; I could fight 185 and 205.”
It’s not something that he jumped into overnight. Silva has been talking about 185 for a long time, but it looks like the UFC is ready for the move, too. “I’ve been lots and lots of thinking about this now, I see what (UFC president) Dana (White) wants. What he wants (me) to fight, no problem. I talk with (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva and… say no problem, I’m down for 185? He say, no problem.”
Although there are a lot of potentially exciting match-ups for “The Axe Murderer” in the smaller weight class, there have yet to be any rumors about a potential debut opponent. Silva says he is looking to be ready for a June or July fight, which could put him on track for an appearance at the much anticipated UFC 100. If he does get slated for the UFC 100 card, it may be hard to find out about the details until the event gets much closer, as UFC management seems to be playing this one close to the vest.