The enigma that is Anderson Silva morphs on. After dazzling fans in the middleweight division en route to easily capturing the crown, Silva dabbled at light heavyweight for a couple of devastating wins. The controversial champion even suggest he would like to go as high as the heavyweight class to challenge reigning king Brock Lesnar, as well as dropping to 170 pounds to swim in Georges St-Pierre’s pool.
In a division where he’s basically lapped the field, it’s obvious why the sport’s most exciting striker (when he wants to be) would go searching for opponents outside of his element.
While most have concluded he’s grown tired of the class’ inferior competition – and that’s why he’s turned into a sideshow act in his last three title defenses – the planet’s baddest 185-pounder claims that’s not the case.
“I haven’t gotten bored,” Silva said through Ed Soares, his manager and interpreter (or mouthpiece, if you were to ask Chael Sonnen). “I like my sport. I like my weight division that I fight in and I’m prepared to stay in my weight division.”
Stay in the division? What’s the mean, Ed?
“He said that I didn’t translate it exactly. He said he wants to retire fighting in his weight category,” Soares clarified.
Although Silva intends on entering the UFC Hall of Fame as a middleweight, it doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t periodically wonder away from the division. Last week, Soares said he didn’t think Silva could effectively challenge GSP for his belt because of the drastic weight cut that would be required, but welcomed the French-Canadian to make the leap up.
In regards to making a run at reigning light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Silva will likely allow former title holder and Team Black House amigo Lyoto Machida to have a shot at recapturing the crown before he sets his sights on Shogun.
Although, if St-Pierre or Rua ever wanted a piece…
“If you want to beat me up, make weight and come fight me in my category. My division,” Silva stated.