While Dana White has said that Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre at 185 will happen if St. Pierre beats Jake Shields at UFC 129, it appears GSP never got the memo. GSP recently expressed concerns about the size difference and sounded like a man with very little interest in the UFC Super Fight.
This is the first time I can recall Georges St. Pierre expressing doubts on the fight since Dana White announced the fight plans a few weeks ago. Listening to Dana White, it sounded like the fight was on as long as GSP beats Jake Shields at UFC 129. Anderson Silva also talked about the fight as if it was a given following his recent win over Vitor Belfort. It sounds like someone forgot to clue Georges St. Pierre in on the fight.
The GSP vs. Silva fight has been a topic of discussion for well over a year. Some reports indicate that when GSP went down to ringside to the broadcast area during the Silva vs. Demian Meia fight at UFC 112 that St. Pierre was scheduled to enter the octagon following the fight and make the challenge official. According to some reports, Dana White pulled a last second audible after Silva’s embarrassing performance and called the challenge off. It was thought to be a dead deal until White started talking about the fight several weeks ago.
[adinserter block=”2″]The biggest issue in making the fight has been the weight difference in the fighters. Anderson Silva fights at both middleweight and light heavyweight (185 and 205) and often walks around at 220-230 in his off time. Georges St. Pierre fights at welter weight, has always fought at welter weight, and stays at his 170 weight both in and out of training. Originally when the fight was first discussed, Silva expressed his desire in moving down to welterweight to make the fight.
“I’d like to test myself and I always love to take on new challenges. It’s not that I want to go fight Georges St. Pierre for his title. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the reigning champion, the absolute champion, in that weight category. But I just want to test myself and see how I’d do at that weight.” Something changed along the way as Dana White announced that if the fight did take place this year that GSP would not only move up in weight to the middleweight division but remain in the division permanently regardless of the result.
GSP appears to having a change of heart about the UFC’s plans for the welterweight champion. GSP was asked about the fight during the UFC on Versus 3 post game show and said the following.
“It would take a long time [to put on that kind of weight. Anderson Silva is a huge guy, he’s weighing around 230 pounds. He’s very big. Even when he fought as a light heavyweight he looked bigger than the other guys.”
Ironically Dana White has said the same thing in the past. “The fight doesn’t really make all that much sense to me,” White stated. “Because Georges St. Pierre is a true 170 pounder. Anderson Silva at 185 has moved up to 205 and done very well at that weight. I see him moving up, not moving down. … I do like Anderson Silva at 205 pounds. That’s a natural weight for him.” – 5thRound.com.
When asked by Ariel Helwani if he would move to 185 permanently, the current UFC welterweight champion responded, “I don’t know if I’m gonna go up to 185. I have no idea. It’s a complete reorientation of my career. I have a lot to lose. I haven’t think about it, I haven’t sat down to talk about it.”
As much as I love talking about a Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva Super Fight, the reality is that I think it is a terrible decision. There are weight classes in MMA for a reason and I find it almost ludicrous for the UFC to expect a guy who has fought at 170 his entire career to move up in weight class at 29 years old in the prime of his career at welterweight. I understand it happens often in boxing but this is an entirely different sport and as GSP said, Anderson Silva isn’t your typical middleweight. By fight time Silva could be back up to 195-200 whereas GSP will barely be able to make 185. The size difference is something that will make a huge difference when you have two guys in the primes of their careers like GSP and Silva and it is enough of a difference to make this a very one sided affair.
[adinserter block=”1″] I have heard Silva remark in past interviews that he would like to move down and challenge the welter weight champion and/or move up to challenge for both the light heavyweight and heavyweight championships. Sure, he could be saying one thing publicly while telling Joe Silva something else but the move makes more sense than GSP moving up.
I think if the UFC is going to do the fight, go with the 179 catch weight fight or have Silva drop down. Dana White has been vocally frustrated over the last two years by the lack of competition Silva has faced at middleweight. While Silva has more big money fights at middleweight than Georges has at welterweight, making the guy who didn’t offer to change divisions make the move doesn’t make a lot of sense. I think Georges St. Pierre is starting to come to that same conclusion.
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