A new published report indicates that former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva is about to make a long-rumored move from light heavyweight to middleweight.
According to Franklin McNeil during ESPN’s MMA Live pre-fight UFC 94 coverage on Friday, Silva has decided to drop from the UFC’s stacked 205 pound division in favor of its 185 pound weight class.
Neither the UFC or Silva himself have confirmed the report but the potential move is one that would make sense at this stage of his career.
Silva, 32-9-1, is one of the sport’s greatest fighters to ever compete at light heavyweight. However, the Brazilian native has fallen on hard times recently, losing four out of his last five fights and having been knocked out in three of the four encounters.
The 32-year old Muay Thai specialist holds career victories over Kazushi Sakuraba, Hidehiko Yoshida, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Ricardo Arona, and Dan Henderson. As a middleweight in the UFC, Silva could be involved in potential matchups against the likes of Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Demian Maia, Nathan Marquardt, and current UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.