Despite some immediate post-UFC 154 reservations on behalf of Georges St. Pierre, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White remains boldly confident that his Welterweight champion will eventually agree to fight his Middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, sometime in mid-2013.
St. Pierre held up his end of the super fight bargain last night (Nov. 17, 2012), digging deep after 18 months of inaction to defeat Carlos Condit via unanimous decision after five rounds of spirited mixed martial arts (MMA) action. Silva, meanwhile, took care of business months ago, taking out Chael Sonnen and Stephan Bonnar with relative ease.
White and Silva are seemingly already booking dates and going to the print press with walkout tees, while St. Pierre seemingly does not share their unbridled enthusiasm. He could come eventually become more excited about this historic match up, and to hear White tell it, he will once his bruises heal and the reality (and gravity) of the "super fight" situation settles in.
Money, and lots of it, will also play a deciding factor.
But, having said all of that, what's with the "Rush?" Silva might not have anyone left to clown in the 185-pound division, but St. Pierre, at a minimum, still has Johny Hendricks and maybe even Nick Diaz on his radar. He's also six years younger and not even remotely as close as "The Spider" is to calling it a career.
White explained his reasons for making the "super fight" happen sooner rather than later:
"There are a lot of guys in line right for title shots at 170 and 185. But, we're trying to make this super fight happen so we'll see how it goes.... I agree [the middleweight and welterweight divisions are stacked right now]. It's the number one pound-for-pound best fighter in the world against the number two pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. It's a big fight, we think people want to see it and we think the guys want to do it. So, we'll do it. Who knows, maybe we go into this thing and Georges St. Pierre says absolutely not. But. I just don't see that happening."
Me, personally, I'd like to see Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping main event a major pay-per-view (PPV) event in London, England, with a supporting championship clash that features Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks. If the champions retan their belts, they meet in the center of the Octagon post-event and draw the line in the sand on their own terms.
That would be something worth getting geeked about. It wouldn't feel forced. And we'd have a full year of anticipation and promotion that will culminate with a fight for the record books inside a major, high-profile stadium. The art of the tease in combat sports must never be underestimated (see Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquaio, Wanderlei Silva vs. Chuck Liddell, etc.).
The only key difference, in this scenario, is that Silva and St. Pierre are willing to fight, but it might just be too soon.
Nonetheless, check out the complete three-minute video interview with White below:
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