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.
“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.