Posted by Jake Rossen/Sherdog.com
You're the best "pound for pound" fighter in the world, whatever that means. You make excellent fighters look like skipping schoolgirls. And you're getting bored.
If this description sounds familiar, you might well be Anderson Silva, famed sculptor of noses. And if you are, manager Ed Soares and the UFC have got a deal for you: According to SI.com's Josh Gross, manager and promotion have been conspiring to get Silva primed for the heavyweight division, with an eye toward Frank Mir as a possible first opponent.
If you read the latest issue of Real Fighter, you surely noted that author David Samuels' excellent cover piece on Silva included a glimpse of his Friday prefight meal. Not to be a spoiler, but both McDonald's and Mars, Inc., are involved. The guy clearly likes to eat. Whether that translates into success in a division full of men who spill over the 265-pound weight limit is open to deliberation.
Taking on smaller heavies like Randy Couture or division-straddling Brandon Vera? Yeah, I could see it. Getting out from underneath Brock Lesnar as he suffocates his prey with one giant pectoral muscle? Not quite as compelling.
This is all vaporware at the moment. I would expect plans to change significantly if Mauricio "Shogun" Rua happens to defeat Silva's friend Lyoto Machida on Oct. 24. Greatness in one division doesn't necessarily trump the absence of 20 to 50 pounds of mass. Just ask B.J. Penn about that one.