Anderson Silva: What If He Moves to 170 Pounds?

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Anderson Silva prior to a middleweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
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Cody GuinnContributor IIIAugust 13, 2012

He's dominated the UFC's middleweight division for six years now and defended the Middleweight Championship ten times. He's even won two fights at 205 pounds. He is coming off a knockout win against his bitter rival Chael Sonnen.

With all that, one has to wonder: What's next for Anderson Silva?

With contenders in the middleweight division emerging like Chris Weidman, that isn't what's been talked about here lately when it comes to the champ.

Reports broke last week that the UFC middleweight champion is considering a move to 170 pounds to possibly challenge his longtime pound-for-pound foe Georges St-Pierre.

Fans have been referring to the Silva-St-Pierre match-up for years as the "Superfight," and to this day, it still gets my blood pumping thinking about the fact that the fight could happen.

Would Silva's stay at 170 be a one-time thing or would he make the move permanent and finish his career in the welterweight division?

Say St-Pierre defeats Condit and then Silva defeats St-Pierre and becomes champion, does Silva retire knowing he's now won gold in two divisions and fades off into the sunset, or would Silva possibly defend the title against an up-and-coming welterweight challenger such as Rory MacDonald?

Also, Silva could face Nick Diaz at 170, considering the fact that it wasn't too long ago Diaz called out the Middleweight Champion.

Anderson Silva is unpredictable to say the least when it comes to career moves, but a move down to 170 would open a lot of doors for Silva.

At 185, it seems as if there really is nothing left to accomplish. What would defeating Weidman do for Silva's legacy?

Beating GSP? Now, that would go down as one of Silva's greatest wins. Whether the fight has the same anticipation behind it like it did say three years ago, it's still a battle of two of the best fighters of this era.

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