In a statement released in a column he wrote for the Brazilian website Jornal Extra, former UFC & Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira stated that Anderson Silva will face off against Yushin Okami at UFC Rio and make the move to the light heavyweight division should he be successful against the last man to have defeated him (link from Fighters Only article).
Silva has been successful in his two previous bouts in the 205lb division. He easily knocked out James Irvin in July of 2008, needing just 61 seconds to dispose of “The Sandman” He followed that up with a devastating knockout of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 in August of 2009.
Whether or not this is speculation on Nogueira’s part, it will surely set the minds of fans everywhere in motion. With that being said I would like to take a look at some of the possibilities awaiting Silva should he decide to add the extra 20lbs. to his frame and vacate the middleweight title.