May 23, 2008

Former Pride middleweight champion and UFC light heavyweight fighter Wanderlei Silva is considering a move to the 185-pound division after his UFC 84 bout with Keith Jardine.

Silva made his return to the Octagon at UFC 79 against Chuck Liddell after an eight-year hiatus from the American organization. He will face Jardine on Saturday night in an attempt to get back on the winning track after suffering three losses in a row for the first time in his storied career.

Although predicting a knockout victory over Jardine, Silva is still considering a move down to the 185-pound division following his UFC 84 match-up.

"Maybe it's possible after this fight to fight at 185," said Silva. "The guys in my division are much tall, and it's hard. The guys are stronger, but I've fought in the division many times, many years. Here, the guys are much stronger. Maybe I'm going to fight next time at 185. I don't know. As long as they have good opponents for me at 185 too, maybe next time I go down. I don't know."

Silva expressed the desire to stay at 205 and fight UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson for a third time and a rematch with Liddell, but when asked about a possible match with fellow Brazilian Anderson Silva, the long-time Pride champion said, "It's hard to go down and fight the champion. I need to fight other guys first. I trained with him a long time ago. We are friends, but a job is a job and friends are friends. In the future maybe it's possible to fight with him."

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