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Wanderlei Silva hints at move to middleweight

Former Pride middleweight champion (205 lbs.), Wanderlei Silva has hinted at a move to middleweight on his official website.

The following has been translated on

There will be a fight of Anderson Silva against Dan Henderson that will be a great fight, and if Dan Henderson wins it, I don’t think twice about lowering my weight to fight him,

This is a little surprising considering that the ‘Axe Murderer’ has stated previously in an interview with Yahoo! Sports that he couldn’t cut to middleweight as it would be too much weight to cut.

According to, Silva’s physical trainer, Rafael Alejarra has also said that the Pride legend is considering a move to middleweight.

From Rafael Alejarra on

Wanderlei made the most of his holidays to rest his body and mind. But we’ve already done a bit of training this weekend and starting tomorrow things will pick up. As we only just got back now and today is a holiday here (Las Vegas) we can’t confirm anything about the next fight, if just because there is the chance Wand will drop down in weight. Every fight and adversary is different, which is why we have to wait to define our training plan. If he should drop to middleweight, we will work on his losing weight and preserving his muscle mass, losing only water and fat and not strength and size, since he normally weight 98 kilos (216 lbs.). But nothing’s for sure yet, we’ll wait and see.

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