Josh Gross: Anderson Silva Wants to Fight at Heavyweight

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emfleek
8/20/09 3:36:20PM
Anderson Silva wants big-money event fights. And he's willing to work at heavyweight to make sure they happen.

Not only that, they already had an opponent in mind: Frank Mir.

Disinterested by middleweight contenders Nathan Marquardt, Demian Maia and Dan Henderson, and unwilling to fight close friend Lyoto Machida at light heavyweight -- where Silva could conceivably knock off challengers and make a disaster out of the UFC's marquee division -- "The Spider" needs new, challenging scenarios to stay motivated. A move to heavyweight would certainly achieve that, and according to Silva's manager Ed Soares, the UFC was receptive to the idea.

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george112
8/20/09 3:39:31PM
Awesome.

heck let em take lesnar.see how he fares.
jae_1833
8/20/09 3:56:28PM
Hmmm.....I don't think I see A. Silva doing to well at HW. At MW he is the king, at LHW he is a beast, but at HW he is small. Even if he does gain say 25 lbs, he would only be about 230 which is a small UFC HW. Silva's bread and butter is that speed and accuracy, I just don't see him doing well against guys like Herring, Kongo, Gonzaga....much less the high end HWs. I think Silva is just looking at finishing things up and retiring. Personally I think he should give Nate and Dan both rematches, then if he has the fights on contract a big LHW fight like say Rampage or Shogun.
george112
8/20/09 3:58:15PM

Posted by jae_1833

Hmmm.....I don't think I see A. Silva doing to well at HW. At MW he is the king, at LHW he is a beast, but at HW he is small. Even if he does gain say 25 lbs, he would only be about 230 which is a small UFC HW. Silva's bread and butter is that speed and accuracy, I just don't see him doing well against guys like Herring, Kongo, Gonzaga....much less the high end HWs. I think Silva is just looking at finishing things up and retiring. Personally I think he should give Nate and Dan both rematches, then if he has the fights on contract a big LHW fight like say Rampage or Shogun.







Shawn91111
8/20/09 4:02:09PM
Then drop the MW title if you're not motivated to fight the people deserving of a title shot there.
cowcatcher
8/20/09 4:02:50PM
this looks to me like hes eying a big money fight with randy not too far down the road.
emfleek
8/20/09 4:03:40PM

Posted by Shawn91111

Then drop the MW title if you're not motivated to fight the people deserving of a title shot there.



+1

I'm tired of hearing about what Anderson wants to do. Hell, I'm tired of hearing about Anderson, period.
bjj1605
8/20/09 4:23:02PM
Honestly they need to just find a definite contender for him at middle weight first. Have the winner of Mai vs Nate fight Dan Henderson. That's the only way to make a number 1 contender. Then when he beats which ever one of them talk about lhw or hw. Who cares really I don't see any one beating anderson at any weight.
seanfu
8/20/09 4:23:21PM

Posted by emfleek


Posted by Shawn91111

Then drop the MW title if you're not motivated to fight the people deserving of a title shot there.



+1

I'm tired of hearing about what Anderson wants to do. Hell, I'm tired of hearing about Anderson, period.



Anderson Silva could beat Fedor and Brock in a handicap tornado tagteam ladder match . He would knock out Fedor and make Brock tap via indian burn.

Anderson Silva's so slick he makes GSP look like velcro.

Anderson Silva can have my babies.
mkiv9secsupra
8/20/09 5:21:54PM
Anderson, Anderson, Anderson....tisk tisk... you are the MIDDLEWEIGHT king, not the king of all fighters. You are going to get rag dolled against the huge HW.

Let GG have him if he really wants a HW fight
AnDeRsonDaSiLvA
8/20/09 5:25:31PM
SI.com confirmed that Silva's representatives had spoken with Zuffa about the heralded UFC middleweight champion moving up to heavyweight for the first time in his career.

Dont see where it says anderson wouldn't be willing to fight middle weight contenders . He most likely wants the mir fight to evenge Nogs loss . UFC doesnt want anderson knocking off number 1 contenders for machida . Just more " news" bs taken out of context .
adamsb
8/20/09 5:25:38PM

Posted by bjj1605

Honestly they need to just find a definite contender for him at middle weight first. Have the winner of Mai vs Nate fight Dan Henderson. That's the only way to make a number 1 contender. Then when he beats which ever one of them talk about lhw or hw. Who cares really I don't see any one beating anderson at any weight.



o god anderson is a dominant fighter but lets be relistic hes going to be vary small he needs to stick to MW and LHW so to say you dont see him loseing at any weight is carzy any fighter can be beat on any day
nickcuc547
8/20/09 5:39:04PM

Posted by emfleek


Posted by Shawn91111

Then drop the MW title if you're not motivated to fight the people deserving of a title shot there.



+1

I'm tired of hearing about what Anderson wants to do. Hell, I'm tired of hearing about Anderson, period.



haha, as long as he keeps embarrasing the best the sport has to offer, I'm sorry to say you will be hearing from him. And his fanboys, like myself.
StorminYourman
8/20/09 5:39:13PM
I am stoked for this!
I say let the man challenge himself.
He could win the super Hulk touney if he was involved!
Hendo67
8/20/09 6:03:52PM
Why Mir? seriously, why not someone who will give Anderson trouble like Lesnar, like Velasquez, like Cro-Cop...

Why Mir? he just got throttled...
Manak
8/20/09 6:07:51PM

Posted by StorminYourman

I am stoked for this!
I say let the man challenge himself.
He could win the super Hulk touney if he was involved!



I'm with you. the guy cleaned out the MW div then made a former champ at LHW look like an little kid (forest is also one of the biggest LHW too). let anderson test some HW. Plus if he loses maybe it will be good for him. But i could see him winning though. Also i think he wants Mir cause Big Nog lose to him
Nightmare27
8/20/09 6:20:21PM

Posted by Shawn91111

Then drop the MW title if you're not motivated to fight the people deserving of a title shot there.



This is exactly how I feel. Not only that but I for one think that Hendo has earned his rematch. He has won his last three fights and did the TUF show, what else does a guy have to do. All he can do is fight the fights that the UFC gives him, if Anderson wants a challenge then give up the belt. Let the winner of Maia vs Marquart fight Dan for the strap.
Sinister
8/20/09 7:04:00PM
He could easily beat lower end HWs and also 220lb range ones like Couture.

This is a new option for him and one to get Dana off his back over fighting Machida. I think he should fight GSP though
Sinister
8/20/09 7:09:43PM

Posted by Nightmare27


Posted by Shawn91111

Then drop the MW title if you're not motivated to fight the people deserving of a title shot there.



This is exactly how I feel. Not only that but I for one think that Hendo has earned his rematch. He has won his last three fights and did the TUF show, what else does a guy have to do. All he can do is fight the fights that the UFC gives him, if Anderson wants a challenge then give up the belt. Let the winner of Maia vs Marquart fight Dan for the strap.



To a point I believe this too. A guy like Silva has never been in MMA really. He is a challenge to almost any guy so why should he hold a title to a division he cleared out? Vacate the title and do get as many challenges at different weight classes as you can such as
GSP at maybe catchweight
Couture
Mir
Rampage
Evans
Ortiz
ect.

He can always come back to the division and be worthy of an immediate title shot.
bdunn
8/20/09 7:30:16PM
Forget going up go down one weight class and fight gsp and make some real money
jae_1833
8/20/09 7:42:45PM

Posted by AnDeRsonDaSiLvA

SI.com confirmed that Silva's representatives had spoken with Zuffa about the heralded UFC middleweight champion moving up to heavyweight for the first time in his career.

Dont see where it says anderson wouldn't be willing to fight middle weight contenders . He most likely wants the mir fight to evenge Nogs loss . UFC doesnt want anderson knocking off number 1 contenders for machida . Just more " news" bs taken out of context .



I think if Big Nog wants the loss to Mir avenged he should do it himself!
kopower
8/20/09 7:45:22PM
GSP first, then
Maia/Marquardt winner
Forget about Hendo, same outcome will happen.

Then he can start thinking about the higher end LHW's. He still has some work to put in before he even thinks of fighting heavyweights.
ncordless
8/20/09 8:58:06PM
Let Anderson fight wherever he wants to fight.

I say stick him in there with Cro Cop and see if he can dumby a former K-1 GP winner. If he gets by CC, start giving him the big boys.
mentalcase
8/20/09 9:07:42PM
i thought this might happen, and i think it makes sense if hes not gonna fight Machida then he shouldn't knock off 205 contenders, a move to HW should suit him as he gets up to 225-230 in between he MW fights and he would be a favorite against Mir if he dose end up fighting him
Greene33
8/20/09 10:19:47PM
Anderson vs Couture/Cro-Cop/Mir in Dec or Jan.





Aether
8/20/09 10:25:51PM
I think he would do pretty well at heavyweight, but big wrestlers like Brock would put him on his back and lay some heavy GnP. He's still fast enough to dodge strikes thrown by pretty much any HW striker, so he still poses the same problems at HW, just to a lesser degree.

I wouldn't mind seeing this, but I want him to just make up his mind and pick somewhere to fight already.
Sir_Karl
8/20/09 10:41:45PM
Silva chose Mir because he knows Mir can't take punishment. Anderson would put Mir on "queer" street and knock him out within the first minute or so. In my eyes Anderson has become a little too arrogant. Let him fight some heavyweights...if he whoops them then maybe he really is that good...If he doesn't...we all get to see him go down. Personally...I think he would tear up most of the heavyweight division.
xdanish020
8/21/09 12:37:40AM

Posted by Shawn91111

Then drop the MW title if you're not motivated to fight the people deserving of a title shot there.



Seriously, Anderson comes off like such a punk sometimes.
telnights
8/21/09 12:51:06AM

Posted by ncordless

Let Anderson fight wherever he wants to fight.

I say stick him in there with Cro Cop and see if he can dumby a former K-1 GP winner. If he gets by CC, start giving him the big boys.




I agree, I think would be a good fight and he should be able to fight at whatever weight class he wants.

I think he could beat a lot of the HW's out there. I even feel he could beat CC soundly because of his speed and power. CC has been slowing down and his last fight he was telegraphing almost everything. I dont think this is a very good fight for Mir at all, 2 big reason's for this.
1. Mir lacks the stand up to hang with Anderson for any amount of time.
2. Mir lacks the take downs to put Anderson down.
I see this either being a very long slow fight with Anderson getting the win or very short fight with Anderson getting the KO.
I would even have a hard time picking Lesnar over him. But Lesnar has the tools to win but Anderson is so crafty about finding ways to win or exploiting fighters weaknesses. He beats a lot of fighters at the very thing they are strongest at. I don't think anyone should count him out at any weight class. I also think he could come in bigger in size and weighing more than some of the smaller HW guys out there.
bigbubbano23
8/21/09 1:22:37AM

Posted by Hendo67

Why Mir? seriously, why not someone who will give Anderson trouble like Lesnar, like Velasquez, like Cro-Cop...

Why Mir? he just got throttled...



velasquez cro cop, i hope your joking?

Cain got rocked everytime kongo touched him, he was lucky kongo has no ground game otherwise he would have been beat, and crop cop he may be a great striker but anderson is to fast for him. brock is the only one i see giving him a problem just because of size. if he got the takedown it might be over.

you have made me laugh sir
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