Originally Posted by Matt Ldn
Wasnt the reason Silva never campaigned at 205 because Machida was champ/contender at the time and didn't want to compete with him? Machida may well have similar reasons for campaigning at 205 instead of dropping to 185. We don't know but if he could make 185 comfortably he'd be an absolute beast in what I regard as one of the weakest divisions.
Which is why the topic title has the word "successor" in i.e. Machida drops down after Silva retires
I am baffled at this continued myth that middleweight is weak. I mean its a far deeper division than light heavyweight or heavyweight, has more variety than welterweight and the three lighter weight classes have not been properly established yet. This is not 2005 when the division had only just been revived and people should stop repeating glib statements that they read years ago and instead actually genuinely evaluate the talent contained in the division.