Dana White Would Like To See Anderson Silva Make Run At Light Heavyweight


Anderson Silva

UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson “The Spider” Silva is expected to return this spring to defend his 185-pound title, but UFC President Dana White would like to see Silva make a run in the light heavyweight division.

“I’d love to see Anderson at 205,” said White at the UFC 156 media day on Thursday.  “If Anderson moved up to 205-pounds, it would be so fun.  I mean, people would go crazy over that, if he started to work his way up in the 205-pound division, take on a number one contender and if he wins he fights for the title.”

Silva has fought as a light heavyweight three times in his career, racking up first-round finishes over James Irvin, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar, but Silva has shown no interest in making a run at the UFC light heavyweight title.

On a media conference call prior to his last fight in October, Silva said he won’t make the move to light heavyweight.

“There’s always been a lot of talk about me moving up to 205,” said Silva, “I know Dana (White) has talked about it and all the fans have talked about me moving up and facing Jon Jones. But it’s something I’ve never wanted.”

While it seems unlikely that Silva will abandon the middleweight division to pursue light heavyweight gold, White believes a super fight between Silva and Jones is a possibility.

“What we’re looking at is probably a super fight with him (Silva) and Jon Jones or something, eventually,” said White.

Silva is currently in contract negotiations with the UFC and is targeting a spring return to the Octagon, but who his opponent will be is not clear.  Chris Weidman and Rashad Evans appear to be the front runners.

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