Anderson Silva Could Challenge GSP At UFC 154


The Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre fight talk is about to take a really interesting twist. According to Silva’s management, the often reclusive Silva will be in Montreal for GSP’s next fight vs. Carlos Condit and could make his presence known if GSP can pull out the win.

[adinserter block=”1″]Fighters attending UFC events is not often a big news story in MMA circles…unless the fighter is Anderson Silva. Silva on the other hand presents a story. Silva is known as a fighter who rarely attends UFC events so just the fact that the Spider will be in Montreal has already gotten people talking.

Silva’s manager Jorge Guimaraes broke the news on UFC Tonight. Guimaraes told UFC Tonight that Silva will be sitting ringside for GSP’s big comeback. This has already led to widespread reports that Silva will call out GSP should St-Pierre be victorious, laying down the grand challenge live in GSP’s home city on pay per view.

Silva has worked diligently at getting this GSP Superfight. Silva has openly campaigned in the media for well over a year now about a potential St-Pierre fight. The UFC reportedly are on board and ready to make the fight. Unfortunately GSP remains the lone holdout and appears to be annoyed every time the question is asked.

Silva’s challenge to GSP has presented arguments from both fans and critics of the UFC middleweight champion. Fans want to see two of the best lock horns in the UFC regardless of the weight difference. Critics on the other hand (myself included) look at this as an unfair fight and believe the size difference is too much of a mismatch. Keep in mind that Silva is coming off a fight at 205 pounds and is now calling out the 170 pound champion.

Critics argue that instead of calling out GSP that Silva should be working towards a big fight with Jon Jones. Like GSP, there is a size difference there for sure. However, Silva has fought at 205 pounds on three occasions in the UFC and has looked absolutely flawless in each fight. While Silva has opened the door a bit in recent weeks about a Jones fight, it does seem a bit odd that the UFC would even encourage the size mismatch with GSP while not putting any pressure on him for a Jones fight.

This news certainly won’t excite GSP who has grown tired of the Silva talk leading up to UFC 154.

I hate that. They talk to me about the next fight, and I’m not there. Like I’m supposed to win easy, like it’s a joke. Carlos Condit is a dangerous guy. I always respect my opponent. My life is on the line…

It depends on the time. I don’t know. I haven’t thought about [fighting Silva]. I know he’s a big guy. I have to sit down and analyze it.

I am still a little surprised that the UFC is even entertaining this idea. For Silva and Jones who have cleaned out their divisions, it makes sense. For GSP, there is still a big money fight on the table with Nick Diaz in the division. After that the UFC could be looking at another big fight in the division with GSP’s pupil Rory MacDonald. With the way Jon Fitch fought in Brazil, a potential rematch with GSP could also have some legs. Taking GSP out of the division and putting these fights on hold for a mismatch with Silva just doesn’t add up to me. Especially when GSP has repeatedly said he has very little interest in the fight to begin with.

[adinserter block=”2″]Now GSP would have to get past Carlos Condit to even entertain the Silva fight and that won’t be easy. I have to think for a guy as focused as GSP, that all of this Silva talk along with The Spider’s appearance may add as a distraction to the champion.

At least we’ll find out once and for all at UFC 154 whether this fight is going to happen or not. If GSP says no it’s time to close the door on this one for good.

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  1. Silva would beat the brakes off of GSP who does nothing to impress me and his fights are boring. Please make the fight and then have Silva fight Jones.

    GSP is an overrated wrestler but the guy under Rory whatever…now he is exciting.

  2. I'll say it again;I have the same exact opinion as the author (Eric G) on this topic…

    Just one thing tho….I dont see Fitch as a contender because he fought great vs Silva…
    If Kampmann win on the 17,I'd love to see Fitch-Hendrick 2.

    • Thanks. Yeah it may be a stretch on Fitch BUT if he can have another fight as exciting as the one against Silva it wouldn't shock me to see him get the title shot. Fitch-Hendrick 2 should happen.

      Thanks for the comment

  3. If Anderson wants the fight that bad GSP should tell him to meet him at 170. I think the size difference is also a big factor, but GSP is to smart to stand with him, he will control on the ground for five rounds. It will not be a barn burner, GSP by decision. At least that’s how I see it.

  4. I've never heard this talk of Silva being to big for St. Pierre until Jon Jones came out. George and Anderson are really good boxers but St. Pierre is a way better wrestler and Silva has the blackbelt in bjj. I think it will be a good fight. Leaning toward St. Pierre winning. If it goes 5 rounds St. Pierre can do it, can Anderson ??? Not sure.

    • You right Zerothe. When Silva almost lost to Sonnen everyone was talking about how good GSP's wrestling was. Now all of a sudden it is unfair. Anderson never called out GSP. The fans wanted GSP to fight Silva. Now that he is on board he is being criticized.

  5. That's easy. If Silva fights GSP (totally unfair advantage…and not a good fight for GSP) then Silva has to simultaneously sign a contract that he will fight Jones as the next fight or give up his title. It's that simple.

    • why is it a unfair advantage???? I mean if jui jitsu is better than aikido then, whats the soar tear about, I'm a third degree black belt in aikido and i have fought bigger muscled up guys and it works for me??? hmmmm i'm beggining to think aikido is better than jui jitsu .


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