After an impressive win over Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 Saturday night, UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva is looking to vacate his title and call the light heavyweight division his new home.
Silva faced former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin last night at UFC 101, and dominated Griffin the entire fight, knocking him out at 3:23 of the first round. This dominating performance comes after two uninspiring title defenses over Patrick Cote and Thales Leites in his previous two fights, with many saying the fighter had lost his killer instinct. The Griffin win helped silence those critics.
“The Spider” hopes to continue his momentum and take on his next challenge, which may be moving to the 205 weight class. UFC President Dana White stated after UFC 101 that Dan Henderson would most likely be Silva’s next fight, but after being pressed by Silva’s camp, White said he would instead consider allowing Silva to vacate his title and fight in the light heavyweight division.
“I can do that,” White stated of the move to Yahoo! Sports. “I like that. We can do that.”
He went on to say, “I’d let him. We’d put [the middleweight title] up for grabs.”
Silva would add another big name to the already loaded division, joining the likes of Rashad Evans, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Tito Ortiz, “Shogun” Rua, and current title holder, Lyoto Machida. But Silva says he isn’t looking to win the belt from Machida, whom he considers a brother and dear friend.
“There is no way that fight will ever happen,” Silva said.
But White say’s he can make the fight happen.
“It’s not even about money,” White explained. “It’s about proving you’re the best, it’s about securing your place in history.
“It’s about putting on a super fight that fans want to see.”