Dan Henderson isn’t going to like this. Following Anderson Silva’s destruction of Forrest Griffin, it appears Anderson wants to make a permanent move to light heavyweight and relinquish his middleweight title. And Dana White agreed.
With his arm wrapped around White’s shoulder, Soares leaned in and delivered a proposition. “Spider” Silva would move permanently to light heavyweight, even if it meant the unorthodox move of giving up his middleweight belt.
“I can do that,” White smiled, a bit stunned at the offer. “I like that. We can do that.”
Soares smiled and shook White’s hand. Silva had been accosted by a fan by then and couldn’t hear White, but it was presumably the news he was seeking. The man has such outrageous confidence in his abilities he’s willing to potentially toss away a championship he’s owned for almost three years to take a challenge outside his comfort zone.
“I’d let him,” White said later, sitting in his quiet dressing room. “We’d put [the middleweight title] up for grabs.”
It’s worth noting that nothing is official at this point. Dana’s mind could always change; perhaps when he thinks of this scenario. It’s no secret that Anderson doesn’t care about light heavyweight title, at least while his good friend Lyoto Machida has it, which begs the question, why would he give up his title to move up a weight class when he doesn’t want that belt either? Well, it’s also no secret Anderson Silva wants to box Roy Jones Jr. as soon as he’s free and clear from his current UFC contract. If he’s no longer a champion, he wouldn’t be subjected to the champion’s clause and therefore would presumably have a much easier time severing all his ties from the UFC once he fulfills his remaining three fights.
That wouldn’t be the real motivation behind this sudden desire to vacate your title, would it Anderson?