Reality may be starting to set in within the UFC regarding the often hyped and never delivered Anderson Silva vs. GSP Super Fight. Dana White is no longer promising the fight and he is putting all of the blame on Georges St-Pierre.
[adinserter name=”366 left”]There has been an interesting dynamic about this GSP vs. Silva super fight since the start. From day one UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has never seemed interested in the fight. Ironic since Dana White has dangled that fight in front of UFC fans since 2010. Whether he is moving on or attempting to rally public pressure, he is now not very optimistic that the fight is happening and is very happy to throw GSP under the bus for it.
White held his media “scrum” as he often does and told fans and reporters at UFC 162 that GSP does not want this fight.
“There’s no doubt about it — that’s a fact (that St-Pierre doesn’t want the fight),” White told the media. “If that was the case, he’d say, ‘(Expletive) Weidman. I’ll take that fight. I really think Weidman’s going to beat him, but I don’t want Weidman to beat him. I want to be the guy to beat him.'”
White is referring to an offer he made GSP a few months back to fight Silva or Johny Hendricks next.
“I’ve been working hard to try to make those fights,” White said. “Georges St-Pierre would not even think about this fight because Anderson Silva’s going to (lose), according to Georges St-Pierre.”
I don’t know if it is ironic or coincidence but this comes at the same time that Silva has been taking shots at GSP through the media for the first time ever. Silva has called him a legless coward and even recently dismissed GSP telling the reporter that he didn’t know who he was.
To me this all sounds like the UFC putting the pressure on GSP to make this fight happen. White throwing arguably his second biggest star under the bus and Silva trash talking St-Pierre the same week can’t be coincidence. Quite frankly it sounds rather childish and amateur of White as a promoter if this is his best trick to make the fight happen.
At the same time this new revelation by White about GSP is nothing that has been too big of a secret. GSP has said numerous times that he wasn’t interested in moving up in weight at all to fight Silva. Silva has said that he’d go down to 170 but unless Silva stays there (and he wouldn’t), the fight wouldn’t make much sense.
[adinserter name=”366 right”]This is why it always bothered me when White would tell fans and reporter that he was going to make the fight happen, it was close to being signed, or he even guaranteed he’d get it done. I just never saw it coming together for the reasons stated above yet he has been hanging on it for the last few years. I don’t blame him for trying but trying to sell it like it’s anywhere closer today to being signed than it was in 2010 is just ridiculous.
The fight to make is Silva vs. Jones and it is apparent that the UFC are not willing to pony up the cash for it. Diverting attention from their inability to cough up the cash to GSP is disappointing but typical for a guy that rarely points the finger at himself.
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