The on again-off again Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre is apparently on again…and in a big way. UFC president Dana White has revealed that plans are in place for the Super Fight next year. Yet the more he keeps talking about it, the less I understand it.
“These guys want to fight each other now,” White said during an interview on the Fuel TV show UFC Tonight. “If you’re a fighter and you’ve dominated as long as Anderson has, and you’ve been great as long as Georges has, you finally want to say, ‘I want to test myself. I think I can beat this guy.’”
It would be a much different change of opinion than what GSP said about taking the fight last year.
“It would take a long time [to put on that kind of weight. Anderson Silva is a huge guy, he’s weighing around 230 pounds. He’s very big. Even when he fought as a light heavyweight he looked bigger than the other guys.”
What is a point of a weight class if you have an organization pressuring the greatest fighter in the history of his division to move up? Shouldn’t the emphasis here be to groom the best challengers available in the division rather than move GSP out? I could certainly see the idea of pressuring a guy who has fought in another division recently to move up or down to take a big fight. But pressuring a guy who has never fought outside of his division to make the move at 31-years old just doesn’t make sense.
St-Pierre has repeatedly said that he has reservations about moving up in weight. Of course he should, he is a welterweight! GSP likes to muscle around his opponents on the ground. How can he do that if he is outweighed by 20 pounds? He can’t and he knows that and Anderson knows that, so why is the UFC continuing to put this pressure on St-Pierre?
It also isn’t as if GSP has cleaned out the welterweight division. Nick Diaz is still hanging around and I have to believe that St-Pierre has a lot of interest in fighting Diaz. The fight would be huge, not as huge as Silva vs. GSP, but arguably the biggest fight in the division’s history. An even bigger fight could be GSP vs. Rory MacDonald if promoted right. There is plenty of opportunity left in the division, so why take away the best and make him a sacrificial lamb?
Anderson is a funny guy. He flat out refuses to move up to light heavyweight and fight the best in that division, even though he has fought in the division before, and reportedly walks around at around 220 pounds. Yet the UFC find it okay for him to pick on a guy he will outweigh by 20-30 pounds come fight time. I don’t understand for the life of me why the UFC won’t put this same kind of pressure on Silva and Jon Jones to fight each other. In my opinion it is a much fairer fight and probably a bigger one than this one, yet the UFC prefer to put the pressure on GSP? Is this a case of the UFC bullying GSP into a fight that he doesn’t want?
Now you have Dana White talking Texas Stadium which ups the stakes even more. MMA fans are going wild about seeing a Super Fight in Texas Stadium next year, yet one half of the fight has not given any indication he is taking that fight. Dana and the UFC are playing games here. Planting that seed only a week after Jon Jones refused a fight is only being done to put the pressure on GSP and paint him into a corner. It is just not fair. I can’t believe that a year later and after a major injury that all of the sudden GSP wants to move up in weight and fight Anderson. Word is that the fight would take place at a catchweight of 180 pounds. The catch is that GSP would have to put on 10 pounds of muscle naturally in a year as opposed to Silva just dropping an extra five pounds.
There is no reason that this fight needs to happen. Both are great fighters but I don’t need to see a fight between two guys when one is greatly outsized. If the UFC is so interested in making Super Fights, bring Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones to Texas Stadium and leave GSP out of it. I want to see competitive Super Fights, not size mismatches.