UFC president Dana White holds MMA’s most intriguing trump card, however he’s not quite prepared to showcase it on a worldwide stage. Although Octagon enthusiasts have been screaming for the dream match-up for years, White just isn’t trying to hear that nonsense right now.
“I’m not crazy about the fight because Georges St-Pierre is a real 170-pounder. Anderson Silva is a freak who, he makes 85, but this guy could compete and I think do well at 205. So it’s just a tough fight for me,” White admitted at the UFC 117 post-fight press conference. “I think eventually it could happen, but there’s still a long road.
“Georges St-Pierre has to beat (Josh) Koscheck, then beat (Jake) Shields, and a couple of these other (guys). He’s still got a ways to go to clean out his division.”
GSP has to clean out his division? After watching Chael Sonnen dominate the planet’s baddest middleweight this past Saturday, most would have thought Silva is the one that needs to get his division in order before moving on.
St-Pierre took a hard-fought unanimous decision over Kos at UFC 74 back in August 2008. The American Kickboxing Academy trained fighter shouldn’t feel too bummed because St-Pierre went on to steamroll his next six opponents en route to reclaiming his crown. The pair are expected to rematch at UFC 124 in December after fulfilling their posts as coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 12.”
Silva miraculously left Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA with his belt in tow. The Brazilian stared defeat dead in the eyes, but somehow managed to collect his 13th consecutive victory. The dramatic 5htRound submission win was his seventh straight Octagon title defense.
“If they keep knocking guys off and enough people want to see it, then maybe we’ll do it,” as White continued to tease fan boys across the globe.
While White’s claim to fame has been his willingness to arrange the fights the fans want to see, the reasons behind delaying this blockbuster bout are obvious. St-Pierre has clearly distanced himself from the pack more than any other UFC champion. If he were to lose a fight to Silva, regardless of what weight the scrap took place, the French-Canadian would likely walk away with significant chinks in his armor.
As for Silva, Sonnen proved “The Spider” is more than mortal as it took a last-second Hail Mary to salvage his immaculate UFC resume. Another close fight – or God forbid a loss – would drastically cloud his mystique and lessen the UFC’s claims that they house the planet’s top dogs.
Like I have suggest before, this super-fight will eventually go down. Just like Fedor Emelianenko will most likely/probably/maybe make his way to the Octagon. Although, as in the Russian’s case, let’s just hope that it won’t be too late.