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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva is considered one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet, and while he's had nothing but success in the UFC at both 185 lbs. and 205 lbs., he's looking to test that pound for pound status before all is said and done.
Silva is looking to break a three way with Matt Hughes and Tito Ortiz this weekend at UFC 112 when he goes for his seventh Title defense in the UFC against Demian Maia, but once he's past that fight he's got ambitious plans for the rest of his career.
In a story at Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Iole cites Silva expressing a desire to take two fights at 170 lbs. as well as a foray into the heavyweight division in the UFC. He wants to see if he can make the 170 lb. limit for the welterweight division again, a weight class he fought in before coming to the UFC. A second fight in the division would then likely come against division Champion Georges "Rush" St. Pierre in a super fight whose likelihood has decreased as time has passed.
"I’d like to test myself and I always love to take on new challenges,” said Silva. "It’s not that I want to go fight Georges St. Pierre for his title. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the reigning champion, the absolute champion, in that weight category. But I just want to test myself and see how I’d do at that weight."
But it's not just the welterweight division in which Silva is wanting to make his mark. "I definitely have interest in testing myself as a heavyweight," Silva said.
He's not looking to challenge the Champions in either division immediately, as he added, "It would be disrespectful for me to say I want to fight Brock Lesnar, who is the heavyweight champion right now. I need to test myself at heavyweight first before I talk about who I want to fight."
Should Silva make a run in both divisions, he'd legitimately have a chance to win Titles in four separate divisions in the UFC, a more than unprecedented feat. Only B.J. Penn and Randy Couture have held spots atop two divisions in their careers, and no one has conquered three.
It all starts on Saturday, as an eleventh straight victory in the UFC puts him in position to go for challenges at just about any weight class he wishes. At the very least, it will provide some exciting fights and some big money match ups for "The Spider," and will allow fans to see perhaps the sport's best pound for pound fighter prove that label true.
Penick's Analysis: Silva vs. GSP is one of those fights that people were losing hope of ever seeing, as it has been looking like both fighters would be moving up a division at the same time as the other. With Silva wanting to try the drop again the door is back open for that fight. If it took place at 170 lbs. GSP would have a much better chance than at 185 lbs., but regardless of the outcome of that fight it would be one of the single biggest drawing fights in the UFC's history. If Silva really does try fights in all four of these weight classes he'll surely go down as the greatest MMA fighter that's ever competed in the sport, and could completely nullify the pound for pound discussion by taking these fights at just about every major weight class.
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