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  1. Draven is offline
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    Anderson tells GSP to man up and fight him at MW...

    ...otherwise he will just cut down and beat his ass there.

    Well, sort of....

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=ki-silva040710



    By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports 1 hour, 35 minutes ago

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    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates Anderson Silva is so good, and has been so dominant as the Ultimate Fighting Championships middleweight title-holder, that its big news when he doesnt obliterate an opponent.

    Silva already holds the UFC record for consecutive wins (10) and, on Saturday, will break a tie with Matt Hughes and Tito Ortiz if he defeats Demian Maia in the main event of UFC 112 at Ferrari World and reels off the sixth consecutive successful defense of his middleweight belt.
    But how does UFC welterweight champion Anderson Silva grab you? Or UFC light heavyweight champion Anderson Silva? Or, better yet, UFC heavyweight champion Anderson Silva?

    Well, its far from a guarantee that hell ever fight for even one of those other belts, but its not because the thought hasnt crossed the soon-to-be 35-year-olds mind. Hes not the type to call out an opponent and challenge a champion in another division, but he said after a news conference Wednesday that he is seriously considering a drop to 170 pounds for two fights.

    One hed take to see if he could successfully make the welterweight limit, and a second would potentially be for a Superfight with champion Georges St. Pierre.

    St. Pierre has put a stranglehold on the welterweight division similar to the one that Silva has on the middleweights. So, naturally, talk of a St. Pierre-Silva fight has arisen. UFC president Dana White has put a damper on the talk recently, however, because hes begun to believe that Silva is too big for St. Pierre.

    If Silva were to drop to 170 to meet St. Pierre, it would create perhaps the biggest fight in UFC history, matching the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Silva said its possible, though he was careful not to demand a title bout or call out St. Pierre.

    Id like to test myself and I always love to take on new challenges, Silva said of his thoughts about a drop to 170 pounds from the middleweight limit of 185. Its not that I want to go fight Georges St. Pierre for his title. Theres no doubt in my mind that hes the reigning champion, the absolute champion, in that weight category. But I just want to test myself and see how Id do at that weight.

    Silva, who recently signed a new eight-fight contract with the UFC, said he hasnt made 170 pounds in about five years. Hes not looking to campaign in the division, however, and two fights at the weight wouldnt change that, even if he were successful.

    Silva has the otherworldly kind of talent, though, to make an even bigger splash. Hes already knocked out Forrest Griffin, a former light heavyweight champion and if close friend and training partner Lyoto Machida werent holding the UFCs 205-pound belt, he might be eyeing a run at it too.

    He also acknowledged an interest in fighting at heavyweight. Hes got the kind of frame to add on the weight and could compete around 225 pounds.

    Whether that would be enough to allow him to deal with the behemoths at the top of the division such as champion Brock Lesnar and No. 1 contender Shane Carwin is another matter entirely. But one of the things that makes Silva so great is that he thinks big.

    It would be disrespectful for me to say I want to fight Brock Lesnar, who is the heavyweight champion right now, Silva said. I need to test myself at heavyweight first before I talk about who I want to fight. But I definitely have interest in testing myself as a heavyweight.

    It would be an enormous boost for the sport if he could make a run at four UFC belts, much like golf benefited in 2000 from Tiger Woods run at the grand slam.

    There are only two men in UFC history who have held championships in multiple divisions. B.J. Penn has been champion at welterweight and currently holds the lightweight belt. Randy Couture has had multiple stints as both the heavyweight and light heavyweight champion.

    Four is unheard of, though, and the race to accomplish it would be an enormous story.

    I understand how big that would be, Silva said of a run at all four belts. I already have [three] titles [in the UFC, Shooto and Cage Rage] and it would be a great thing to try to accomplish. Only time will tell what will happen. I would like to try to go to do that, but Ive had success by focusing on what I have to do and nothing else. I just take one step at a time.

    Hughes praised Silvas mental toughness and said its been a key reason why hes been able to hang on to the belt so long. Penn shook his head at Silvas longevity at the top. Silva has held the belt since Oct. 14, 2006, and recently broke Ortizs record for most days as the champion. Ortiz held the UFCs light heavyweight belt from April 14, 2000, until Sept. 24, 2003, when he lost it to Couture.

    Its amazing, Penn said of Silvas lengthy run at the top of the middleweight heap. To do that for that long and to be at the top for that period of time, its amazing.

    Its nothing, however, compared to what may come. If Silva keeps the belt by getting past Maia on Saturday, he could be in store for some magnificent adventures.

    If he ever gets in position for a heavyweight title fight with Lesnar, the UFC might need to bring in a couple of armored trucks to haul in the money hed make.

    Silva, though, isnt motivated by money as much as he is by pushing himself and testing the limits of his skills. Its why hed think about shedding the pounds to fight St. Pierre or to even consider taking on the gargantuan Lesnar.

    Silva is already a larger-than-life character, but the best may be yet to come. His idol is the comic-book character Spider-Man, he said, noting: Ever since Ive been a kid, Ive wanted to be a superhero. That would be kind of cool.

    If he beats St. Pierre and he beats Lesnar, its pretty much guaranteed hell never have to dream of becoming a superhero again. Do that and hell be one in real life.
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    Anderson Silva at 225 ?


    (in an imaginary bout against Royce Gracie.)



    Anderson Silva at 170 ?





    I like him a more as he is now.
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    We already know he can bang at 205, and I imagine he'd do well at 170, but I think going up to HW might be pushing it.
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    I wouldn't mind seeing GSP getting his ass kicked.. but I won't hold my breath
    "The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero projects his fear onto his opponent while the coward runs. 'Fear'. It's the same thing, but it's what you do with it that matters". - Cus D'Amato
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conde Koma View Post
    We already know he can bang at 205, and I imagine he'd do well at 170, but I think going up to HW might be pushing it.
    Agreed.
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    Why would heavyweight be pushing it? He's 6'2, he just has gain a ton of weight.
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    *ahem* catch weight *ahem*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kentucky Fried Chokin View Post
    Why would heavyweight be pushing it? He's 6'2, he just has gain a ton of weight.
    Well that's a horrifyingly gross oversimplification. He kinda has to be able to use the weight, too.
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    Whaddaya mean? He's just got to gain ~50lbs.
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    I said it in another thread and I will repeat it here. ASIDE from the ubergrandes of Lesner and Carwin, I think he could contend. Even at 225 I honestly think he could handle Mir. He is too good with his standup, and I think his ground game could negate Mirs. What other heavyweights could take his standing surgical dissection?

    With his clich, bullseye hands and Bjj BB which we rarely get to see, I think he could run with the bulls.
    I wish he and Machida were not so close. I dont think the Dragon would take the decision (thats giving him the benifit of the doubt that it would go).

    As soon as Machida is dethroned, God help that guy if Mr. Silva isnt too busy on the otherside of the classes (170).

    But I nuthug spidey so I am biased (since 2004 when he beat Jeremy Horn at Gladiator FC).
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