Anderson Silva: Should He Finish His Career at Light Heavyweight?


Anderson Silva: Should He Finish His Career at Light Heavyweight?

At UFC 168, Anderson Silva broke his leg upon having one of his kicks checked by the current middleweight champion, Chris Weidman.

After undergoing surgery to repair the former champion’s left tibia and fibula and months of rehabilitation, one of Silva’s managers, Ed Soares, predicted the Brazilian's return. According to Elias Cepeda of Yahoo Sports, Soares stated:

We won't see him (Silva) back any earlier than the end of this year or, most likely, the beginning of next year...There's always a chance (he comes back in 2014), but as of right now I think his mind is set on fighting at the beginning of next year.

Should Anderson Silva Finish His Career at Light Heavyweight?

As the longest-reigning middleweight champion in UFC history, Silva's reappearance at 185 is nonsensical at this point.

In fact, given the former champion’s dominance at light heavyweight, stemming back to 2008, finishing his career in this division is logically sound and could finally result in a super matchup against current 205-pound phenom and champion Jon Jones.

The Anderson Silva/Jon Jones Saga MAY STILL Continue…

At light heavyweight, Silva is undefeated. In 2008, even as the reigning middleweight champion, Silva stepped up to 205 pounds and fought James Irvin in the main event at UFC Fight Night 14. The Brazilian quickly finished his opponent, knocking out “The Sandman” one minute and one second into the first round.

Silva went on to compete at light heavyweight two more times, defeating UFC Hall of Famers in former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar at UFC 101 and UFC 153, respectively.

The former champion finished both of the previously mentioned opponents in the first round.

His ability to make heavier opponents appear amateurish and slow in their fighting efforts spoke volumes and exemplified Silva's elite combative skills from one division to the next.

Silva and Jones at the ESPY Awards in 2012

Previous to Silva’s championship loss to Weidman, there was a great amount of talk among the MMA world that revolved around a super fight between Jones and the former champion. Of course, since the loss of Silva’s middleweight title, the chatter has all but died down.

However, given that Silva walks around at 185 pounds, at 39 years old, a return to the light heavyweight division makes sense and would revitalize the conversation regarding a title fight between the current light heavyweight champion and Silva.

If Silva returned to the UFC and made the 205-pound division his home, his presence would inject even more excitement into the division, invigorate fans and may even yield another championship title for the Brazilian before he finally retires.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 17 days ago
  • 373 views

"It was kind of an amateur mistake. I mean, he kicked a check, and that's like a basic kickboxing move. I mean, he's probably done that a million times in his life, and that was just the wrong time t read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 180 views

Because focusing on one aspect of the fight, could spell disaster for the Stockton slugger. Going into UFC 183, Anderson Silva is adamant he won't be hesitant to throw his patented leg kicks after su read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 141 views

UFC 'money weight' Nick Diaz may be the best and worst representation of a martial artist in modern MMA. The expletive hurling, nunchuck twirling Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt isn't above breaking o read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 37 views

Nick Diaz says that he's not going to go after an opponent's injury. Unless it's a cut. You might think you know Nick Diaz. He's mercurial personality. His aggressiveness in the cage. His seemingly u read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 993 views

Don't count on UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis breaking his leg in the Octagon any time soon. A Taekwondo practitioner of 22 years, Pettis was asked Monday if seeing former middleweight champ read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 35 views

It appears former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s once-broken leg has healed just fine.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 34 views

Anderson "The Spider" Silva is rocketing low kicks with impressive velocity ahead of his UFC 183 main event against Nick Diaz on January 31, and that's a big deal. As MMA fans will remember, Silva's read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 26 views

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had some things to say about Anderson Silva's leg break in an interview, but changed his tune a little later in a follow-up with another media outlet. Anthony read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 1366 views

"I always talk about a fight that most people don't bring up, it's when I fought Travis Lutter in Montreal. Basically in the fight I had all the answers I needed (to win) but it was just failed execu read news >>