"He's huge. And not only has he dominated the 185-pound division, but he's done very well going up to 205. I can actually see him going up to 205 and mixing it up, up there. He's got to get through this fight with Chael [Sonnen], and then we're going to start talking about him going up to 205. Anything can happen. And things change all the time in this sport, but that's the direction I see him going." -UFC President Dana White
UFC middleweight champion and pound-for-pound stalwart Anderson Silva will square off against top middleweight contender Chael Sonnen in August in what could be among his final appearances in the weight class.
Silva (24-4), considered by many pundits to be the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world, has gone 2-0 with two first-round knockouts in the UFC's light-heavyweight division scoring big wins over James Irvin and Forrest Griffin.
He walks around as heavy as 215-pounds, a full 10-pounds over the divisions' limit of 205-pounds, and has essentially cleaned out the UFC middleweight division. At 35-years of age, time is becoming a factor, and Silva has outclassed most of his opponents at middleweight.
Silva's permanent insertion into the UFC's already stacked light-heavyweight division would represent a host of new challenges for the most dominant middleweight in the sports' history. Silva is unbeaten in his UFC career at 11-0, and with a win over Sonnen, will have consecutively defended his title for a UFC record 7 straight fights.
While the move would leave potential big-name showdowns with resurgent MMA legend Vitor Belfort and personal rival Wanderlei Silva on the table, Silva will boast even bigger potential match-ups at light-heavyweight, with possible fights against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Rashad Evans, Jon Jones, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and even Frank Mir who is considering a drop to the division from heavyweight.