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2008: Year of the middleweight division?

2006 was year of the welterweight. That year saw great fights from Georges St Pierre, Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Karo Parisyan, Diego Sanchez, and so on and so on. 2007 was the year of the lightweight, not for any specific breakout fighter, but because the division as a whole gained a reputation for always having the best fights. So who’s up next for best division? Could it be … the middleweight division?

Now before you call me crazy, read this:

Reports out of Xtreme Couture suggested that he looked more like a natural middleweight and the evidence from the weigh-in at UFC 79 seem to suggest that he’s not cutting much weight at 205. There Silva would have a quicker and easier road to the title and is an attractive matchup with either Anderson Silva or Dan Henderson. Hughes has also long entertained thoughts of moving up to 185 and could try to rejuvenate him career there as well.

Adding Wanderlei Silva and Matt Hughes to a division that just got Evan Tanner and Dan Henderson would certainly do a lot to shore up the deficiencies that made the middleweight division the runt of the 2007 litter. And who knows … it looks like the momentum is starting to shift towards Matt Lindland possibly returning in 2008.

There’s a lot of really big ‘ifs’ involved in the middleweight division shaping up for 2008. But if all that shit did happen, it would be pretty damned awesome.

  • Swedish guy

    That was one of my first thoughts as soon as I could focus again after the orgasmic shock that was silva’s sandstorm-intro: man he looks small for a light heavyweight (he also looked stiff and robotic, btw).

  • Accomando

    Wandy looked way more ripped when he fought Cro-Cop but a little over a year ago. Those brazilians like Wand and Sho-Gun needed the roids just to fit into their weight-class in PRIDE over in Japan or else they would have looked too small.

    Sho-Gun AND Wand should be at 185. They will dominate there, which is their natural weight-class anyway, you know, now that they can’t roid. And, admittedly, you can tell they ain’t roiding now that they are in the UFC, its really obvious.

  • MacDaddy

    I’ve said it in other threads none of the pride guys cut significant weight to fight in Pride so they are all coming in looking like midgets against their UFC opponents, who picked up all the weight cutting secrets of NCAA wrestling and boxing.

  • pauli

    even roided up vs crocop, wanderlei only weighed in at 218.

    of course, dropping to 185 doesn’t mean he’s going to be any more resistant to being punched in the face… he seems to get wobbly pretty quick these days, even if he IS great at recovery.

  • Vee

    Whether Shogun and Wand drop down to 185 or not, THEY WILL NOT DOMINATE either 205 or 185. I’m not claiming that based on their debut UFC performances, there’s just too many competition at the 205 weight class and I do not see anybody dominating Henderson at 185, nor Yushin Okami.

  • RoB

    call me crazy but i want to see Gsp vs. anderson silva.

  • fightlinker

    I would cut off my penis for GSP vs Anderson

  • Xavier

    They wouldn’t even need to show any other fights. Just GSP vs. Silva. Sure, the event would last a mere five minutes (Silva by facial destruction), but it would be better than any other UFC PPV to date.

  • Ryder

    I mentioned GSP vs. Silva to my buddies after he took apart Franklin for the second time, and they thought i was crazy. Within a few days Hughes was saying he would consider moving up. Hughes wouldn’t stand a chance against Silva, but I would never count GSP out of that one. I, too, would cut off Fightlinker’s penis to see that fight!

  • Gavin

    A catch-weight GSP v. Silva fight should happen just because its awesome. A fight at 177 or something would be plausible and the best thing ever.

  • stellar53

    I too thought that he should be able to move down to 185…..You can’t tell me that Anderson isn’t a little worried that it is a possibility for Wanderlei to move down…

  • Tommy

    Funny nobody talked about Wanderlei moving down in weight that he was too small, till he lost to Chuck. All the staredowns and weigh-ins everyone felt fine, then he lost. No way he can cut 20 lbs off his frame. People thinking Hughes can move up to fight Anderson is silly. Wrestling whatever, Hughes isn’t better then Henderson or as strong. Anderson vs GSP would be tight but Anderson can’t lose anymore weight, he’d rather move up to 205. Let’s be realistic here guys.

  • fightlinker

    Talking about Wanderlei moving down to middleweight in September: