“Itsy bitsy spider…wants a heavyweight bout. When he brings the pain, he’s knocking everyone out...”—something to that effect.
That is an example of an alternative nursery rhyme that parents of future heavyweight contenders will have to sing to their kids now that middleweight champion Anderson Silva has declared war on every division in the UFC, with the exception of lightweight.
Within recent weeks, the UFC superstar, undefeated in the octagon, has expressed serious consideration to fight in other divisions during the various press laps leading up to his middleweight title defense against Demian Maia at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.
These recent declarations—not only wanting to fight in the heavyweight division but also at 170lbs—are more attempts to discover intriguing ways for the near 35-year-old to challenge himself.
We have all seen how successful the eight-limbed Brazilian has been at light-heavyweight, decimating both Forrest Griffin and James Irvin in the first round for a grand total of just over four minutes at 205lbs. As far as the other divisions, which is more realistic for Anderson’s frame: welterweight or heavyweight?
Based on his height and natural weight, we can all conclude that heavyweight would be the natural route to take. Being phenomenally skilled and gifted aside, Anderson would still have to overcome some physically significant obstacles—opponents who cut to 265lbs come to mind—to be success battling the behemoths in the UFC’s heaviest division.
Let’s see how Anderson Silva would fair against the top five heavyweight competitors in the UFC.