The last three times that Anderson Silva has defended his belt at middleweight, against Patrick Cote, Thales Leites and Demian Maia, respectively, he seemed to be both bored with and disdainful of the lack of competition offered by those fighters. This perceived lack of competition at middleweight has lead to Silva searching for challenges. He has moved up to 205lbs twice; scoring easy knockouts (over James Irvin and Forrest Griffin) both times. But apparently making devastatingly successful forays into the light-heavyweight division has not been enough for “The Spider,” who seems to be constantly searching for bigger challenges. He has been vocal in his desire to move down in weight to fight welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and, perhaps more interestingly, has repeatedly made comments about moving up to heavyweight to take on Frank Mir.
Mir recently spoke with MMA30 and offered his thoughts on the potential mega-bout with Silva.
“People keep asking about Anderson Silva,” Mir said. “I guess Anderson Silva has made allusions to wanting to move up to heavyweight and for whatever reason keeps saying my name. So I’ve even made statements where if he really was serious I would even try to make 235 [lbs] as a catchweight to make it somewhat fair as far as the weight difference. That would be a fight I would really enjoy just because he’s one of the best fighters in the world.”
After suffering an ego-crushing loss to Brock Lesnar, largely due to size disparity, Mir revamped his diet and workout to help him gain muscle mass so that he could better compete with some of the larger heavyweights. With Mir now having to cut weight in order to make the heavyweight class’ limit of 265 lbs, a huge weight difference exists between Mir and Silva. Some might say that the weight difference makes the fight an easy win for Mir but the former UFC heavyweight champion disagrees.
“I think so,” said Mir, when asked if he thought Silva could compete with him. “I think he has phenomenal footwork and head movement. I don’t think it’s an easy fight at all. I think there’s a lot of heavyweights that would probably turn that fight down because, in their eyes, it would be everything they would have to lose, to lose to a guy who’s smaller than them. I don’t really look at it that way. I look at it as, man, I get to go in there and exchange punches with one of the best strikers in the world, pound for pound, and to try and get ahold of somebody who other people just can’t catch.”
Mir, like Silva, seems to be interested in testing himself against the best fighters in the world, regardless of the outcome.
“He seems to be like the Michael Jordan of our sport,” said Mir. “I would love to go in there and fight him. Obviously you want to win every outcome but to me it’s more about fighting than winning or losing. The only thing I’d be upset about is if it only lasted 30 seconds. You know, if he goes out there and takes me out real quick or I take him out real quick it would be a little disappointing. But, obviously, if it went the distance…I think it would be a phenomenal dance.”
A fight between Silva and Mir would certainly be intriguing, especially at a 235lbs catchweight. Before this fight can justifiably come to fruition though, Silva will need to rack up more wins at light-heavyweight. With a middleweight title defense against Chael Sonnen looming on his horizon and a tantalizing super-fight with Georges St. Pierre still within the realm of possibility, it is unlikely that “The Spider” square off with Mir anytime soon, if ever.