While Dana White is still talking about the possibility of a Dan Henderson rematch for Anderson Silva’s next fight (something Silva pantomimed “Me no likey” to at the post-event press conference), it sounds like another course of action may be in store for us. Yahoo’s Dave Wentzel has the details of a very interesting post fight interaction:
With his arm wrapped around White’s shoulder, Soares leaned in and delivered a proposition. “Spider” Silva would move permanently to light heavyweight, even if it meant the unorthodox move of giving up his middleweight belt.
“I can do that,” White smiled, a bit stunned at the offer. “I like that. We can do that.”
Soares smiled and shook White’s hand. Silva had been accosted by a fan by then and couldn’t hear White, but it was presumably the news he was seeking. The man has such outrageous confidence in his abilities he’s willing to potentially toss away a championship he’s owned for almost three years to take a challenge outside his comfort zone.
“I’d let him,” White said later, sitting in his quiet dressing room. “We’d put [the middleweight title] up for grabs.”
Silva obviously isn’t interested in any of the names floating around at 185 pounds right now, and rightly so. Demian Maia, Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, and Yushin Okami are all great fighters but two have already been toasted and the other two are more checkmarks on Anderson’s 185-pound route than actual challenges. Vitor Belfort would be cool but unless the UFC wants to play musical chairs with their UFC 103 main event again, the timing is off.
Light heavyweight is more interesting, but there’s also the downside of Anderson Silva potentially knocking off all of Lyoto Machida’s potential contenders. Since the two won’t fight (something Dana intends to put to the test), it kinda makes for an odd situation. Still, Anderson sticking around at 185 pounds is pointless especially since he seems committed to showing off how bored and unimpressed he is with everyone else’s skills.