Former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva may be returning to the division he ruled for so long for his next fight as the Brazilian says after a three fights at middleweight, he wants to return to the light heavyweight division for his return to the UFC in 2013.
“I want to either fight a catchweight bout at 198 pounds (93 kg) or at light heavyweight,” Silva said in an interview with Sherdog.com. “At middleweight, I’m very hungry (laughs). Right now, I’m doing weight training and some shadow boxing. I’m kind of on vacation now, paying attention to the family, but next year the Wand is back.”
Silva (34-12-1) last competed in the light heavyweight division nearly four years ago at UFC 92, where Quinton “Rampage” Jackson knocked him out in the first-round. The 36-year-old fought his next five bouts at 185-pounds or at a catchweight, going 2-3 in that stretch with victories over Michael Bisping and Cung Le.
“The Axe Murderer” was last seen inside the Octagon at UFC 147 in July, losing a unanimous decision to Rich Franklin at a 190-pound catchweight.
Silva was the PRIDE middleweight champion from 2001-2007, though it must be noted the middleweight division in the PRIDE organization was contested at 205-pounds. He moved to the UFC in 2008 and went 1-2 in the organization before making the decision to drop the middleweight division.
Potential opponents for Silva’s next fight are unknown at this time.