When UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva stepped up and did the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) a huge favor by competing in the main event of UFC 153 this weekend (Oct. 13, 2012) against Stephan Bonnar, you had to know he'd want something in return.
It looks like what he wants is Georges St. Pierre.
Speaking with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani after his open workouts in Brazil, "The Spider" gave his official opinion on what he wanted next and when asked if it would be "GSP," He had a simple, yet headline-inducing answer.
"Yeah, this is my focus."
Silva confirmed he meant St. Pierre in a follow-up and when asked if that meant no more 185 title, Silva shakes his head and says, "No," although he's got a bit of a smirk on his face. He even says "maybe, I don't know" when asked if he'd drop his title.
This of course gets even more confusing when he says, "I have two or three more fights at 185. Maybe I'll fight Georges St. Pierre for different class. I don't know."
Silva will be competing this weekend at light heavyweight, which at 205 pounds, is 20 pounds heavier than his normal middleweight division.
If he does indeed fight Georges St. Pierre next at a catchweight, it would be two straight bouts without defending his title. The Brazilian last defended his belt this past July when he defeated rival Chael Sonnen via second round TKO in a rematch. Since then, several contenders like Chris Weidman, Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch have emerged at 185 pounds.
What's your take on Silva's comments, Maniacs?
Do you think he'd really give up his middleweight title without a fight? Or is he just yanking Helwani's chain a bit because he knows we'll eat it up?