Oh, Anderson Silva. How your ego continues to grow to crazy new heights. On the eve of his match with Demian Maia, you’d figure he’d keep with the standard boring pre-fight rhetoric favored by most fighters when asked about the future: “I’m only thinking about the guy I’m about to face.” That line is pure bullshit about 99.9 percent of the time it’s said, but you don’t want anyone using the equally lame line that you ‘took your eye off the ball’ and lost because of it, do you?
But Anderson Silva isn’t talking about future opponents. This hardcore motherfucker is talking about future weight classes. Plural. From Kevin Iole:
“I’d 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. “It’s not that I want to go fight Georges St. Pierre for his title. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the reigning champion, the absolute champion, in that weight category. But I just want to test myself and see how I’d do at that weight.”
“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.”
Since Georges St Pierre seems perfectly content hanging around at 170 swatting bugs (or pinning them to the mat depending on your opinion of GSP right now), it’s nice to see someone making a move that might allow the “Why isn’t this fucking thing happening” GSP vs Anderson Silva fight to happen. Unfortunately, it’s a guy who hasn’t made it down to welterweight in years and has only been getting bigger as he dabbles with 205 fights. Plus, as Sergio Non points out:
Mind you, much of what Silva says should be taken with a grain of salt. Two years ago he spoke of retiring by age 35. Last year he speculated on a bout with Roy Jones Jr. Both ideas quietly evaporated.
It might be slightly crazy what Anderson Silva is proposing, and I’m not about to hold my breath on seeing him anywhere other than middleweight and light heavyweight. But I’d rather see him give this stuff a shot and fail than stick around at 185 fighting more guys who barely challenge him at all.