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Dana White: “I think [Anderson Silva] is too big for GSP”

Written by Tim Ngo
August 31st, 2009
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UFC fans were hoping after Georges St-Pierre’s win over Thiago Alves at UFC 100 that a superfight with middleweight champion Anderson Silva would be booked. In the past, Dana White had said that as long as St-Pierre cleaned out his division it would “probably” be signed, but he seemed to backtrack at the UFC 100 post-fight press conference. Now, it seems highly unlikely that bout will ever take place.

“I think he’s too big for Georges,” White explained. “Forrest Griffin is huge and at the [UFC 101] weigh-ins, when we squared them off, he was as big as Forrest at 205lbs.”

St-Pierre has admitted that he walks around at 190lbs. while Silva walks around at 220lbs. That means at the time of a potential fight, Silva would be anywhere from 20-30lbs. heavier than the welterweight champ.

The winner of the Martin Kampmann vs. Mike Swick fight at UFC 103 will be deemed the #1 contender to GSP’s UFC welterweight title, but they will most likely have to wait until at least February to get a title fight due to a groin injury St-Pierre suffered in his win over Alves.

White is hopeful that they can get St-Pierre back into the Octagon as soon as possible as he doesn’t like to have his “stars” go on such a long layoff.

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