Remember when UFC President Dana White’s go-to rebuttal for arranging a blockbuster bout between welterweight king Georges St-Pierre and 185-pound champ Anderson Silva was because he believed they hadn’t waxed their respective divisions completely clean just yet.
Well, fast forward another 25 lopsided minutes by GSP and it appears MMA’s big boss has finally conceded they have both lapped their corresponding fields.
“Every time a guy goes in and fights, there’s always somebody there,” White said at the UFC 124 post-fight press conference. “There’s always going to be new guys popping up, but when do you say the division is finally [expletive] clean?
“There’s still going to be guys there and guys that have won. I mean, it’s about time we say both guys have earned their dues. They really have.”
Despite the dominating runs the living legends are enjoying, White had been hesitant to profess there were no further legitimate threats to their thrones. However, the promoter quickly started backpedaling following St-Pierre’s striking seminar against Josh Koscheck on Saturday night.
“[Silva] is a guy that’s wiped out an entire division,” White frankly stated. “He really has. Anderson Silva, not only has he wiped out the 185-pound division, he also beat a couple of guys at 205.
“This guy has knocked off all the best guys. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2006. It’s almost 2011.”
That’s one down. What about the baddest 170-pounder in bare feet?
“[St-Pierre] has cleaned out the division now,” White added. “Georges St-Pierre has beaten everybody. He lost to [Matt] Serra, but he came back and avenged it. That’s what it’s all about for me.
“I don’t like guys fighting each other at different weights until they’ve done what those two have done, and they’ve both done it.”
So what’s preventing the mega-fight to end all mega-fights from happening?
Silva puts his title on the line against Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 on February 5th, while Jake Shields gets next dibs at GSP’s strap – much to the dismay of fanboys across the globe.
On the bright side, if the future Hall of Famers are able to dispose of their next opponents, there should technically be no further barriers between St-Pierre vs. Silva. Best believe this box-office brawl will eventually go down, but the clock is ticking as the Brazilian is already 35 years of age.