Exclusive | Kingsbury potentially eyeing a middleweight run | UFC NEWS
Kyle Kingsbury feels at home in the UFC light heavyweight division. His size and strength afford him a luxury most light heavyweights don’t have, and that’s the ability to power out of things most fighters at the weight can’t. It wasn’t always the case for Kyle who was a heavyweight before the UFC came calling. Making the change for a chance at the big show was an easy decision.
“A lot of people don’t realize I fought at heavyweight for my first nine fights”, Kyle said. “My first nine fights were at heavyweight before the Ultimate Fighter. Sometimes I look back at what I was looking like then and it’s like ‘how did I make 205′. I told myself the only way I would drop is to get my foot in the door with the UFC. I didn’t think I could make 205 until that point. I was 240 to 245 when I was fighting heavyweight. I had to buckle down with my diet and do a ton of cardio to get here. I feel like I’m one of the biggest 205 guys like Forrest, and having fought Stephan I know I am”.
His opponent for UFC 146 is also a sizeable light heavyweight. Glover Teixeira has made the jump up to heavyweight, and then back down to light heavyweight whenever the opportunity presented itself. Kyle didn’t seem that concerned or see a true comparison with himself.
“I don’t see Glover as some shredded guy. Maybe he will be for this fight who knows. I’m fine with that, but it’s not like in the past he came in with like 5% body fat or anything. I think we’re a lot different when it comes to the strength areas”.
With the light heavyweight division currently ruled by the very tall phenom UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, Kingsbury has admittedly looked at dropping down to the middleweight division.
“I wouldn’t rule out a jump to 185″, Kingsbury stated. “I was just talking to Joe Rogan a while back about that. Down the road just looking at a guy like Jon Jones who has so much reach on everyone in the division. Maybe it would be worth it to drop to have that kind of reach advantage at 185. Luke Rockhold is my teammate and he’s a big middleweight. We walk around about 210-215 anf that’s a challenge sometimes, too. If I became a vegan like my teammate Fitch maybe I could get down to 185. It’s definitely something I thought about, and definitely a possibility”.