In a recent interview with the Brazilian News site Tatame, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva expressed that the move to fight at light heavyweight is only temporary and he has no intention to fight for the title.
When I fought on Pride, a 185 weight class didnt existed, only a 205 weight class and I always fought on it. But I didn’t had the same physical quality and technique I have now. It’s an experience we are doing it for many reasons. One of them is as a personal favor for Dana White that I could do this fight and I, alongside all my friends that help me, concluded that it is possible. We will see. I will try to do my job as I always have been dong, independent of the result, and I’m going to test myself to put me to the test and see if I can do it. If the result is positive, then it means all our new experimental training methods worked. Whoever has a mouth, speaks whatever they want. Irvin is right and that’s why everyone has its own weight. I don’t have intention to fight on this category and Im only doing this because they (UFC) asked me and I think I can do it. I don’t intend to fight for this belt, this belt belongs to Lyoto (Machida) and he already proved that. I’m going to fight because I like to fight and because I like challenges.
Anderson Silva will take on James “The Sandman” Irvin at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19th, free on SpikeTV.