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Anderson Silva Changes Mind, Wants To Stick To The Middleweight Division

So much for Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight like Dana White alluded to in recent months. On the UFC 117 conference call today, Silva said he now just wants to stick to fighting at 185 lbs. and plans to retire in the division.

The UFC’s 185-pound champion today said that he plans to retire in the 185-pound class and apparently is uninterested in fighting at light heavyweight (where he’s competed twice) or heavyweight (a class in which he’s previously expressed interest).

“I like my weight division that I fight in, and I’m prepared to stay in my weight division,” Silva today said through translator and manager, Ed Soares.

“Basically, what he said is that he said I didn’t translate it exactly, but he wants to retire fighting in his weight category,” Soares said.

Silva added that if someone like say GSP or Shogun Rua wants to fight him, they’re going to have to come to the middleweight division to do it.

“If you want to beat me up, make weight and come fight me in my category, my division,” Silva said through his manager and interpreter Ed Soares.

In other words, the middleweight superfight with Silva that Georges St. Pierre wants to end his career on suddenly has a slightly better chance of happening, while a light heavyweight title showdown with former Chute Boxe teammate Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is much pretty much down the tubes unless the UFC wants it bad enough to convince Silva otherwise or he changes his mind.. again.

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