“The Axe Murderer” has decided to make the transition to middleweight. The former PRIDE FC Middleweight Champion returned to the UFC in 2007 at light heavyweight, but after going 1-2 in what is arguably the UFC’s toughest division, Wanderlei Silva will move down a class with 185 lbs. as the limit.
This move for Silva could open up numerous possibilities for the UFC middleweight division and here are plenty of interesting match ups for the Brazilian. It is quite possible this could revive Silva’s career. He was a rather small light heavyweight in comparison to his competitors but at middleweight he could gain some much needed weight advantage.
Undoubtedly, the question has to be asked if Wanderlei were to earn a number one contender spot at middleweight, would he or current champion Anderson Silva, have a problem fighting one another? Although they are both Brazilians and former Chute Boxe members it must be assumed at this point that any friendship they may have could be put to the side in honor of professional competition.
There is no word yet on who Wanderlei’s first opponent may be at middleweight. Stay tuned to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) for more news regarding this situation.
Props – Franklin McNeil, MMA Live