The Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva fight may be off of the table but it doesn’t mean we have to stop talking about it. Even the UFC middleweight champion is still talking about the mega fight. According to the champ, plans for the fight are still in place and he is happy to oblige.
The on again/off again Anderson Silva vs. Georges St.Pierre soap opera returned to the MMA world this week thanks to Anderson Silva. Silva is doing media for the documentary on his life, “Like Water.” Silva was asked by R7 Esportes about the fight and had this to say.
[adinserter block=”2″]”Georges St-Pierre – yes, [we] have a chance to fight,” Silva said. “Everything will depend on our results. Depends on if he wins at UFC 129 and I win in August. Perhaps then, this fight can happen.”
Unfortunately Silva seems to be the only one involved with the fight enthused about the matchup. UFC president Dana White who more or less said the fight was on the table for 2011 earlier in the year has since changed his stance and called the fight a “fantasy fight.” GSP has also changed his tune quite a bit in the last several weeks and has expressed concerns about moving up in weight for the fight.
Any hopes for the Super Fight going down in 2011 were shot when Anderson Silva’s next fight was announced last week and his opponent wasn’t GSP. The UFC instead booked a UFC middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami in Silva’s home country at UFC 134 in August. This would theoretically take Silva out of the mix for 2011.
GSP will be fighting Jake Shields in a few weeks at UFC 129. St. Pierre has said several times that his desire is to only fight twice a year. His bout with Jake Shields would be his second fight this year, and his second in about five months. It would appear that GSP is long overdue for a vacation. I wouldn’t expect to see St. Pierre fight before December, November at the earliest.
[adinserter block=”1″]My hunch is that the acquisition of Strikeforce by UFC’s parent company Zuffa LLC completely changed the game plan for Dana White. Silva and GSP were running out of opponents and other than that fight, the UFC had no blockbuster fights on the table. The Strikeforce acquisition gives both Silva and GSP new matchups and gives the UFC several Super Fights to run with over the next 12-24 months. Moving GSP up and out of his division doesn’t seem necessary or even logical at this point.
The funny thing about this whole fight is that it appears the biggest holdup from the GSP side is moving up in weight, yet Anderson Silva has said in the past that he’d come down in weight to take the fight. Dana White and the UFC don’t appear to be excited about that option, thus it looks like the fight will be at middleweight if it happens.
At this point I wouldn’t hold my breath but if Anderson Silva will keep talking about it, so will I!
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