Update: A representative for Wanderlei Silva is quoted in a new report by Fighters Only as saying a formal offer has not been extended by the UFC and that Silva’s preference is to sit out until February in order to allow his body time to heal.
Wanderlei Silva (32-10-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC) has discussed moving down to the middleweight division for a while now. Apparently, the MMA legend’s first fight at 185 pounds will come at UFC 105 in Manchester, England against Michael Bisping (17-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC).
Silva is currently in negotiations to face Bisping in the main event of the Spike TV-broadcast event according to a recent report on MMAJunkie.com.
UFC officials are hoping to officially announce the contest as soon as next week.
If the fight takes place it will be Silva’s first in the middleweight division after spending most of his career weighing 200 pounds or more.
In June, Silva dropped down to 195 pounds when he met Rich Franklin in a catchweight bout. Silva lost a unanimous decision to Franklin in what most MMA fans considered an entertaining fight between the two veterans.
Silva remains wildly popular with fans but he’s now 33-years of age and he’s only recorded one win (Keith Jardine) in his last six fights.
Bisping returns to his home country of England where he will be looking to rebound from a vicious knockout loss to Dan Henderson at UFC 100. The loss to Henderson was just the second defeat of Bisping’s MMA career.
UFC 105 takes place at Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. The card airs in the U.S. on same-day tape delay.