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Georges St-Pierre Says The UFC Has A PED Problem

January 14, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

The MMA world is still reeling from losing Georges St-Pierre. The UFC champion vacated his title last month, leaving amidst a ton of questions. GSP has finally answered one and you may be surprised to hear what really pushed GSP out the door.

GSP has nothing to lose at this point. He is a wealthy man who can fight again in the UFC whenever he wants. That is great for him and bad for the UFC. Without any ties to the organization, GSP is free to talk about whatever he wants and the subject may be the most taboo of all within the UFC. PEDs!

GSP held a press conference this week to announce that his foundation would be giving money to six athletes. The subject of PEDs came up during his chat with reporters. GSP was not only willing to talk about it, he almost seemed giddy when the question was asked. The champ admitted that concerns over PEDs in MMA is what pushed him into an indefinite retirement.

It bothered me enormously.

That’s one of the reasons why I stopped fighting. Not really to teach them a lesson, because that would also punish me. I wanted to do something for the sport. I love the sport. I see the direction it’s going, and I don’t think it makes any sense. This is stupid.

GSP had been accused by previous opponents of juicing and taking PEDs several times over his UFC career. He has never tested positive for anything according to the UFC. These accusations are what prompted GSP to sponsor drug testing for his last fight, offering to pay for both he and his opponent to get tested. Johny Hendricks wasn’t interested and Dana White said they both looked “stupid.”

Ironically it would appear that Dana White was the stupid one here. White’s ignorance or disinterest in the matter contributed to the loss of his second biggest drawing card. If White had been supportive of GSP or had a different attitude about testing, it is possible that he would still be promoting GSP today. Instead he is left with a vacated title and a superstar who has no interest in fighting.

“The whole thing was done very weird. And if he feels like we didn’t support him, I don’t know. The whole thing’s [expletive] weird. I haven’t talked to him about it. He’s very fired up about it because he went out and started this thing and it’s turned into a [expletive]. I get it. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what to tell him. The whole [expletive] thing’s weird.

I tried to do something to change the sport,” he said. “Unfortunately, there were other people, for different reasons, maybe for money, in fear of losing money, because if you canceled the fight because someone tested positive there are millions of dollars [lost]. Also, the sport’s image … If you start testing everyone, how many will get caught? I don’t want to say in public because I don’t want to accuse anyone, but the sport’s image will be hurt.

What may have been the most damaging statement of all is this one.

Don’t forget, I have internal information. I’m an athlete. I know what goes on, so that disappointed me greatly.

PEDs are a huge problem for MMA. MMA reporters have made enough cryptic remarks over the last year to confirm it without confirming it. Dana White was once adamant against TRT use for one thing but has since greatly changed his stance. Vitor Belfort is making a complete mockery and a sham of this with his TRT exemptions and he is just the tip of the iceberg.

It amazes me that a sport will blatantly allow their fighters to increase their levels of testosterone with a doctor’s note. To me, this has put a big black mark on the sport. Quite frankly it has helped push me away from the sport as a fan. Seeing Vitor Belfort mock the system has made some fans and media quite angry. Seeing GSP walk away due to the same issue is more heart breaking than anything else.

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Georges St-Pierre Vacates UFC Title, Taking Indefinite Break

December 13, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

One of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time is stepping away. UFC welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre announced Friday that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence. He will be taking an extended break and may come back…if he wants.

The announcement which UFC president Dana White told the media earlier this week would be nothing was something. GSP was expected to announce his retirement yet he stopped short of saying the r-word. GSP will take an extended break and has vacated the UFC welterweight title. The champ (well former champion) left no timetable for a possible return.

GSP’s decision seemed to come more from the UFC forcing him to make a decision than anything else. Dana White has been adamant about Georges owing the UFC and would not be allowed to take a break. GSP told the media that he has too much pressure right now and can’t do another training camp. Rather than hold the UFC up the champion will step away.

GSP did make it clear that he intends to come back but never said when. GSP said that the next time he fights he will be in the blue corner as a challenger and not a champion. GSP said his health is good, even 100%. Dana already has a plan in place to crown a new welterweight champion. GSP will be back but when is the question.

GSP told the media that he becomes completely obsessed with his fights. He said that when the UFC announce him for fights that he becomes 100% obsessed with each fight. He said that it is a lot of pressure. He said that it is hard to explain how difficult the pressure is. GSP said he thinks he will be back but wouldn’t confirm that and said he doesn’t want people thinking about him while he is gone. He said he is tired, needs a break, and needs to get away from it.

I can’t recall anyone in MMA ever stepping away this way. It reminds me of when Barry Sanders stepped away from the NFL and announced his retirement. The only difference here is that GSP has not committed to retirement.

This puts enormous pressure on Anderson Silva at UFC 168. GSP is the biggest draw on pay per view for the UFC. With GSP gone, Anderson Silva now moves into that top spot. What if Silva loses? Silva could announce his retirement. Regardless he won’t be the same draw he was prior to that fight. That leaves Jon Jones as the big star. Unfortunately for the UFC he has never caught on with casual fans like past UFC superstars had. His most recent fight with Alexander Gustafsson drew a disappointing buyrate. Maybe if fans see him as the top dog his appeal will increase?

The UFC will move forward with a fight to decide the new champion on March 15. Johny Hendricks will fight Robbie Lawler for the vacated welterweight title. Should Lawler win he could go down as one of the biggest comeback stories in MMA history. I am glad they didn’t go with a rumored Carlos Condit vs. Hendricks fight since Condit lost his last two of three. Rory MacDonald couldn’t have picked a worse time to lose. He would have been guaranteed that spot if he defeated Lawler. Unfortunately for him he didn’t. It will be real interesting to see if Nick Diaz pops back up in the picture now that GSP is gone.

I think GSP will be back. Unfortunately we may have to wait a year to see it.

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GSP Owes Johny Hendricks Nothing

November 20, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

The outrage from the UFC president and some UFC fans continue to grow. GSP’s critics believe that he owes Johny Hendricks an immediate rematch. Unfortunately the reality here is that Johny Hendricks is owed absolutely nothing.

Let me start this off by saying that I was stunned by the UFC 167 decision in the main-event. I thought Hendricks won the fight and he was robbed of the title. I just want to make that clear before I am accused of being some GSP fan boy who believed the champion won the fight. I don’t but at the end of the day it really doesn’t matter.

Johny Hendicks has nobody to blame for this mess but Johny Hendricks. Hendricks’ corner told him he had the fight in the bag before the fifth round. They told him to “go get your belt.” Obviously they were misinformed and probably have more culpability here than anyone. On the other side of the octagon you had GSP’s corner telling him he needed to win rounds. I think it is fair to say that Hendricks came out looking not to lose the fight while GSP coming out looking to win in the fifth round. That is not a judge or GSP’s fault and Johny Hendricks, Dana White, and Hendricks’ fans need to live with that.

I think it is funny how some of the smartest people in MMA are making complete fools of themselves when analyzing this fight. Whether it is the UFC’s own president, the number one contender or UFC’s own color commentator, it would appear that many within the company don’t understand the rules. Everyone who thought Hendricks won pointed to GSP’s face. Unfortunately for Hendricks what a fighter’s looks like isn’t accounted for in the judging. Maybe it was by design but the idea that the UFC president is out there spreading some conspiracy theory because of what one fighter looked like before looking at the fight metrics is beyond ridiculous to me.

Speaking of fight metrics, the metrics tell an interesting story. Unfortunately they don’t clear much up. The metrics on FightMetric.com gave Hendricks the deciding first round. Yet they also give GSP an overall performance rating of 48 as compared to Hendricks’ 47. GSP landed one more significant strike than Hendricks did in the first round. GSP landed overall 101 significant strikes to Hendricks 85. In other words there was no robbery here. It was close and in the end it could have went either way.

This all comes back to the fifth round in my eyes. Hendricks looked fresh and had a chance to close it out. Instead he arguably coasted and it cost him the round and the fight. How does anyone deserve any kind of rematch under those circumstances? He let the fight get away from him and that is something he’ll have to live with.

Hendricks had his chance and he lost. Whether those lost opportunities were his own or taken away from him, he lost. Dana White himself has said dozens of times not to leave it in the judge’s hands. I said the same thing about Gustafsson after he fought Jon Jones. Hendricks should have to get at least one more win before getting the rematch. I just don’t see what the point of wins and losses are if that isn’t the case.

It was a close fight but it certainly wasn’t a robbery. GSP owes Johny Hendricks nothing. If Hendricks wants it, go get it the hard way. Earn it!

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The Fate Of UFC In 2014 Rests On Anderson Silva

November 18, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

The UFC is in trouble. If you don’t think the UFC is in trouble than check out UFC president Dana White’s press conference after 167. Ironically it now appears the success of the UFC in 2014 will not be decided until the final fight of the year at UFC 168.

The roof started to collapse following Georges St. Pierre’s controversial win at 167 over Johny Hendricks. GSP squeaked out a controversial decision and followed up his win with an even bigger shocker. The champ announced he was taking an indefinite leave of absence due to personal issues. While he didn’t retire, he did announce that he wouldn’t fight for a while.

Dana White was not happy! At the post-fight press conference White went off on the champion. White more or less said that GSP owed it to the company to stick around and isn’t ready to let the champ just walk away.

He didn’t say he was going to retire. He said I’m going to take some time off. You don’t just say, hey I’m going to take some time off, maybe I’ll be back, maybe I won’t. You owe it to the fans, you owe it to that belt, you owe it to this company, and you owe it to Johny Hendricks to give him that opportunity to fight again, unless you’re going to retire.

There’s no I’m going to take a hiatus, I’m going to take a leave of absence, whatever it was he was saying, that’s not how it works.

Why is this such a big deal? Certainly a company as large as the UFC can survive without one player, albeit his most successful world champion right? Maybe, but December 28 could spell the beginning of a deep descent for a company that Dana White has compared to the NFL.

The future of the UFC rests in the hands of Anderson Silva. Anderson Silva will get his rematch with Chris Weidman. If Silva loses there is a huge chance that the G.O.A.T. will announce his retirement. GSP’s hiatus may have precipitated this and the UFC is completely screwed going into 2014 without its two big stars.

Why would Anderson Silva not retire if he loses to Weidman? He has plenty of money and has cemented his MMA legacy over the last several years. The only reason for Silva to stick around would be a potential Super Fight with GSP. With GSP out of the picture there is nothing left for Silva to do without a title to defend. The Jon Jones fight isn’t happening and without a money fight on the table, I predict (and I believe that the UFC thinks this as well) that Silva will retire.

Now what would happen o the UFC without either guy? There is nobody even remotely close to filling Silva and/or GSP’s shoes as a draw. Jon Jones is a star but is nowhere close to the pay per view draw that Silva or GSP are. Maybe if he is seen as the top star without GSP and Silva it helps him as a draw? A UFC calendar in 2014 without Silva and GSP is a pretty dismal calendar when you look at predicting buyrates.

Dana White may think that GSP owes the UFC but he owes them nothing. In my mind he paid back the UFC by accepting a fight with Nick Diaz that he had no business accepting. Georges has given the UFC everything he has had for the last five years as champion so the idea that he owes the company anything is selfish and just foolish.

I don’t know what will happen with Georges. Whether he fights again or not in 2014 will become a much larger story if Anderson Silva joins him on the sidelines following UFC 168. Talk about huge stakes and a lot of negotiating power for Anderson Silva. How ironic that these roads always lead back to the Spider?

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Johny Hendricks Poses GSP’s Greatest Threat At UFC 167

November 13, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

Georges St. Pierre has dominated one of the toughest divisions in MMA for seven years. GSP has steamrolled through challengers with very little resistance but Johny Hendricks is different. Big Rigg poses the greatest threat GSP has ever faced to his title.

I don’t think I have been more excited for a UFC fight in a long time. I always enjoy watching GSP fight even though his fights are generally pretty dull. This Saturday will be different. GSP is fighting a guy like no one he has ever faced. Johny Hendricks may not be a household name but he has every tool to dethrone the greatest welterweight of all-time.

Looking back on GSP’s seven-year winning streak you can see a predominant theme among his opponents. They are all strong wrestlers who aren’t known for their knockout power or striking. Don’t get me wrong. These aren’t cake walks but these are all guys that specialize in one area. Nobody on the list of GSP’s victims is as well-rounded as Hendricks.

Hendricks striking is ridiculous for someone with his background in this division. This division has been known for its wrestling. Hendricks matches up perfectly with the other wrestlers GSP has faced. He is a highly decorated collegiate wrestler with his one weakness possibly being his takedown defense. That is the biggest glaring weakness here that GSP, who is a takedown master, can expose. The problem is that once on the ground, Hendricks can be equally dangerous for GSP. How is GSP going to hold down someone that strong?

There is nobody that pushes forward in the division like Hendricks does. The only opponent GSP had who comes remotely close was Thiago Alves but Alves does not have the ground game that Hendricks has. Hendricks is scary because he isn’t afraid to throw down and he one of the best power punches in MMA. This is where it gets troublesome for GSP. If GSP goes for a takedown he exposes himself to a shot and that one shot may be all Hendricks needs.

GSP showed in the Condit fight that he is vulnerable to a good strike. Condit almost won the fight out of nowhere when he connected and rocked GSP. GSP recovered but an overhand left from Hendricks will turn the lights out on GSP. He made that mistake in the past with Matt Serra and paid for it but that was many moons ago. GSP has done a fantastic job of avoiding strikes to the tune of 75% according to one breakdown. But what about the other 25% that connected? All Hendricks needs is one.

The only thing stopping Hendricks from giving GSP the fight of his life at 167 is Johny Hendricks. We have seen fighters numerous times over the last 20 years step into championship match and abandon the tools that got them there. Hendricks has also never fought anyone with the takedown defense and grappling prowess of the champion. On paper this looks like the most intriguing fight of GSP’s championship run. Whether it delivers or not is always another story.

I am going with Hendricks for the upset. He is stronger, packs the power punch, and can hold his own on the ground. GSP is only 32-years old but I have to wonder how badly he wants this after expending so much mental energy against Nick Diaz. It would be hard for any athlete to return that same kind of focus after fighting his or her rival. Doing so would be one of the most impressive accomplishments of GSP’s legacy.

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GSP Not Interested In Anderson Silva UFC Super Fight

July 05, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

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.

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.

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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UFC Prez Insists Super Fight Next For Anderson Silva With Win

July 01, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

Here we go again. The UFC president is at it again when it comes to super fights. Dana White dangled the UFC super fight once again at a recent press conference and insists if the results all work out that Anderson Silva will be fighting Jon Jones or GSP next.

Look I want to believe that the super fight is coming. Unfortunately the fact that the UFC prez has been talking an Anderson Silva mega fight for the last three years and hasn’t delivered tells me that I need to see it to believe it. According to White, I’ll be seeing it in 2013.

“If Georges St. Pierre beats Carlos Condit tomorrow, Anderson Silva will be there, sitting cageside, and those two will fight. Probably in May, at either [Cowboys Stadium], Toronto, or a soccer stadium down in Brazil.” – 2012

“If (Silva) wins that fight (against Vitor Belfort at UFC 126), then Georges St-Pierre needs to beat Jake Shields in Toronto (at UFC 129),” White told the guys in uniform. “If that happens, then we’re probably going to do that fight (between St-Pierre and Silva). If they both win, that fight makes all the sense in the world.” – 2011

“And, at the end of the day, we’re in the business of making fights that people want to see,” said White. “For instance, right now, I am getting terrorized – and I’m shocked that people keep doing it – to put on Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre. It starts to get to the point where I’m like, ‘I guess if everybody wants to see this fight, maybe we make this fight. We do it as a superfight.’ I don’t know. These guys still have a few fights to go before that could happen.” – 2010

Dana told reporters this week that if Anderson Silva wins, he will be fighting Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre next, depending upon the results of their fights. White also added a new wrinkle to the story. While White has discounted the idea of GSP vs. Silva at a catchweight in the past, White is now open to the idea of his two champions fighting at a catchweight of 180 pounds. The compromise there is that no title will be on the line and both championships would be held hostage for several months.

Silva, GSP, and Bones winning their fights wouldn’t be such a big deal in the past. All of their recent fights saw all three come in as heavy favorites. However, expecting three or even two to win upcoming fights may be more than the UFC can even realistically expect. While Bones is regarded as a heavy favorite against Alexander Gustafsson, many MMA experts are picking the challengers in Silva and GSP’s upcoming fights.

One thing I’ve learned when it comes to White insisting on these super fights is that he is generally full of it. White recently told reporters that Anderson Silva called him after Jon Jones thrashed Chael Sonnen and said he wanted to fight one of them. Silva was recently asked about that and not only denied the story but said he doesn’t even have White’s phone number!

I am not sure what White has to do at this point to get these fights signed. At a time when fighters are complaining about UFC pay, a mega fight between Silva vs. GSP or Bones would bring in more money than any fight in UFC history. White’s inability to close the deal is a story in itself. The UFC may never find itself in this kind of position again and to gamble with these three fighters at this point in GSP and Silva’s careers is just absolutely ridiculous.

White told reporters at the same presser that the plan was to go with Jones vs. Silva if MMA got regulated in New York for the 20th anniversary event. I am sure that was the plan but how could the UFC let that fight fall through simply due to location? It doesn’t make much sense. White keeps throwing Jones’ name around while Jones has been pretty consistent in telling the media that he wants to go up to heavyweight next year. I just don’t know how much credibility I put into these Jones vs. Silva statements.

Probably the worst thing that would happen for White is for Silva, GSP, and Bones to win their next fights. If they do and he can’t pull of one mega fight he is going to look bad if he can’t pull off the fight. White has been critical for Bob Arum and Floyd Mayweather failing to put together Pacquiao vs. Mayweather for years. At this point White (probably unfairly to his credit) is looking no better, especially when all three fighters are under his umbrella.

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UFC Signs Two Big Championship Fights

June 25, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

The UFC has been very diligent at filling in their fight calendar for the remainder of the year. Dana White and Joe Silva were busy recently signing Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones to a couple of big title fights before the end of the year.

Georges St-Pierre will make his twelfth defense in his current UFC welterweight title reign at UFC 167 against the undisputed number one contender Johny Hendricks. GSP will fight outside of his home country for the first time since UFC 111 and head to Las Vegas in what will headline the unofficial 20th anniversary show from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones will try and break Tito Ortiz’s record of successful title defense at 205 as he defends against a somewhat disputed number one contender Alexander Gustafsson. Jones and Gusftafsson will headline UFC 165 on September 21 at the Air Canada Center.

The fights answer a lot of questions moving forward towards the end of the year in the UFC. Specifically the question of super fights is answered and the answer is that fans won’t be getting one this year. Dana White promised a fight between Anderson Silva and either Bones or GSP by the end of the year. With GSP and Bones both locked up it looks like the earliest either of them would fight Silva is the first quarter of 2014.

I am pumped for the Hendricks-GSP clash. I feel that Hendricks is the most dangerous fighter GSP has faced throughout his current title reign. I don’t think GSP has ever fought a striker as lethal as Hendricks. Additionally, Hendricks is highly underrated on the ground and should easily hold his own against GSP. I predict a major upset here with Hendricks taking the title before the fifth round ends.

Gustafsson is not as universally regarded as the top contender as Hendricks is in his division. Dana White proclaimed last year that Lyoto Machida was the number one contender for Jones and Machida hasn’t lost a fight since that proclamation. Gus is good but this fight is just pure business. It’s an intriguing fight but I’ve seen nothing from Gus that leads me to believe that he’ll give Jones much trouble.

Of course in the UFC all fights are subject to change. As of now it appears that the UFC will keep things hot moving into winter with at least two interesting championship fights, one specifically which could go down as a classic.

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UFC Super Fights Won’t Happen In 2013

June 19, 2013 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

The UFC may be the number one MMA organization in the world but it has a serious problem. The UFC continue to fail to sign super fights. Now that Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones have signed their next fights the door on the elusive super fight has officially closed for 2013.

Dana White has accomplished more as UFC president than anyone could have ever predicted. Dana along with the Fertittas have grown the UFC to what some call a billion dollar company. Dana’s legacy will be full of success but the one failure that continues to be his Achilles heel is his inability to sign super fights. Unfortunately for him and more importantly MMA fans, another year will pass in which he and the UFC have failed to seal the deal.

UFC Tonight broke the news this week that the UFC have targeted Georges St-Pierre vs. Johnny Hendricks for UFC 167. The November fight will headline the UFC’s unofficial 20th anniversary show in Las Vegas. Hey don’t get me wrong, I am pumped for the fight. Yet at the end of the day what that fight announcement really means is that there will be no GSP vs. Silva fight in 2013.

But wait what about Jon Jones vs. Anderson Silva? I have always felt that a Jones vs. Silva mega fight made more sense than GSP vs. Silva for the simple reason that Silva has fought at 205 before. Well just last week it was reported that Jon Jones will headline UFC 165 in September with a title defense against Alexander Gustafsson. Once again it was another door shut on the UFC’s other mega fight for 2013 with Jones now done for the year.

Not getting the two super fights wouldn’t be a problem if they were never dangled in front of us by the UFC president. Dana White has not only teased those fights for 2013 but outright promised that he would make one of them a few months back. When reporters brought up his failures in the past to sign these fights he simply blew those concerns off by basically saying he’d pay the money to get the fight done.

Well here we are on June 19 and neither fight is signed, nor will they happen in 2013.

I blogged a few months ago that Dana White’s legacy rests on making one of these fights. I was criticized for overlooking all of White’s great accomplishments as UFC president and I completely understand that. But at the end of the day he is a promoter and if he can’t sign the biggest money fights between fighters under a UFC contract than I think he has failed miserably as a promoter. For every million dollars he has made for Zuffa he is leaving a lot of those millions on the table by failing to close the deal.

Other than BJ Penn, White has been unable to convince any of his star fighters to take these bouts outside of their divisions. Why is that? I have heard rumors that Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are asking for $10 million and again these are only rumors and while that may sound crazy to some I think it is completely reasonable. Are these fights being held up simply due to money?

The UFC has come under a little bit of fire lately for its payment structure to fighters. The UFC can easily pay these fighters the rumored $10 million or whatever else it is they are looking for. However, I have to wonder if the UFC are more worried about fighters after these fights asking for more money and these big purses raising the budget? Why else would the UFC not be able to make these fights?

The UFC is playing with some major fire here. There is a very good chance that Jones, Silva, or GSP will lose their next fight. All three have very tough challenges ahead of them. Failing to close the deal on one of these fights in 2013 may wind up leaving millions and millions of dollars on the table that the UFC will never recover.

The fighters are playing it perfectly. Jon Jones is saying maybe but he is interested in fighting at heavyweight. Anderson Silva is saying he’d fight either one. Georges St-Pierre isn’t interested in moving up yet has leaks from his camp almost monthly saying otherwise. Intentional or not these are brilliant negotiating tactics from all of these fighters. Dana only helps them when he guarantees that these fights will happen and only looks like a failure when they don’t.

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