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 RawVegas.tv and said that he would love a bout with Silva.
“Absolutely, Anderson Silva’s one of the best fighters in the world, pound-for-pound,” said Mir. “He’s a phenomenal striker. I think his movement and head movement on his feet is second-to-none. Unbelievable.”
Mir, like Silva, seems to be interested in testing himself against the best fighters in the world, regardless of the outcome.
“I would love to do it,” Mir said. “I think it would be a phenomenal opportunity for me to face a legend in our sport. I mean the guy has the record for the most consecutive wins. The guy’s going down as the Michael Jordan of MMA right now. Would I love to be able to exchange punches and try to grab him and go in there? Yeah, I’d like to be able to say that I fought him and feel what it feels like. I want to go in there. Who wouldn’t want to go fight the most dangerous people in the world?”
A fight between Silva and Mir would certainly be intriguing, especially at a 235lbs catchweight. However, with a middleweight title defense against Chael Sonnen scheduled for UFC 117, it is unlikely that “The Spider” will square off with Mir anytime soon, if ever.
You can watch the interview with Mir below: