That's because UFC President Dana White recently confirmed a GSP vs. Anderson Silva "superfight" would be aborted if the Canadian surrenders his belt in Toronto.
No, that doesn't mean Jake Shields gets to take his place, it means 185-pound number one contender Yushin Okami finally gets his long-awaited middleweight title fight (and "Spider" rematch) in late 2011.
"Thunder" — who holds a controversial win over Silva under the Rumble on the Rock banner — is 10-2 inside the Octagon with unanimous decision losses to Rich Franklin and Chael Sonnen being the only blemishes on an otherwise stellar run in the UFC's stacked middleweight division.
From White (via MMA Digest):
"If (St. Pierre) doesn't win, what would happen is Okami would fight Anderson Silva. He's next in line for the title. He's gonna stay at 185, he's not moving to 205."
So not only does a Shields win put the kibosh on "St. Pierre vs. Silva," it also shoots down any light heavyweight fantasy match-ups including Anderson Silva vs. "Shogun" Rua or Jon Jones.
But even this writer will admit the idea of Silva holding titles in three different weight classes just might be crazy enough to warrant a second look. Just don't "Rush" into anything, as St. Pierre has a very dangerous fight on the horizon.
At least we know who Yushin Okami is rooting for.