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Dana White: Anderson Silva Is 2 Fights Away From Fighting for the Light Heavyweight Title


UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will defend his title against Patrick Cote on Saturday at UFC 90, but UFC President Dana White says Silva could be fighting soon with another belt on the line.

White said today that Silva would like to alternate between fighting at middleweight (185 pounds) and light heavyweight (205 pounds) and that he could be a contender for the light heavyweight belt while continuing to defend his middleweight belt.

"He wants to keep the 185-pound belt and keep going back and forth," White said. "Should he win, he's probably two fights away from fighting for the light heavyweight title, too."

Right now, the light heavyweight belt belongs to Forrest Griffin, who will defend it against Rashad Evans at UFC 92. On the undercard that night will be a huge light heavyweight clash between Wanderlei Silva and Rampage Jackson. I expect the winners of Griffin-Evans and Wanderlei-Rampage to fight each other, and I also think the Lyoto Machida-Thiago Silva winner will be very worthy of a title shot. So it's a crowded field at light heavyweight.

But I have to say, no matter who the UFC light heavyweight champion is, I think I'd pick Anderson Silva to beat any of them. I know it's a fight I'd love to see.