Side-by-side: Anderson Silva at light heavyweight vs 'The Spider' at middleweight

Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Anderson Silva returns to the light heavyweight division on Sat., Oct. 13, 2012, in the main event of UFC 153 for a fight against Stephan Bonnar. Let's compare how he looks in his new class to how he looked at middleweight in his last bout.

It's been a while -- years, actually -- since Anderson Silva ventured up from his usual home at middleweight to take on the seemingly bigger and badder light heavyweights of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Whether or not that's really the case is an argument for another day.

Instead, let's look at the other argument, that Silva will be giving up size and is a much different fighter at 205-pounds as opposed to 185.

As you can see in the above picture, which shows his weigh-in for UFC 153 today for his fight against Stephan Bonnar compared to his weigh-in for UFC 148 and his fight against Chael Sonnen, he looks a little fuller at light heavyweight but is there really that much of a difference?

Doesn't look like much to me.

By the time he climbs inside the cage, he says he'll be roughly 205-pounds. He also didn't cut much, if any, weight for this contest.

Anyone think any of this will matter come fight time?

For complete UFC 153 weigh-in results and video click here and here.

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