Two men preparing for UFC 126 this Saturday at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas have something in common. These men go by the names of Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.
Silva is the UFC middleweight champion and has been for quite some time. He will be defending his title against fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort. Jon Jones is one of the brightest stars in the light heavyweight division along with his opponent this Saturday, Ryan Bader.
These guys aren’t mirror images of each other—Silva is on the back end of his career and Jones is just getting started; Silva uses his striking to finish off opponents and Jones utilizes exciting wrestling and explosive ground and pound.
The one similarity that these two men do share is the idea that either man could move up in weight.
Many people feel that Silva could make a successful run at the light heavyweight title and many feel as if Jones could make a run in the heavyweight division. Let’s have a look at what would allow these two fighters to be successful up a weight class.