Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Should the much talked about superfight between Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre come to fruition, UFC President Dana White says it is unlikely either man's championship belt would be on the line. Here's why.
When it comes to a potential "super fight" between Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre, finding an agreeable weight is the biggest issue keeping the bout from becoming a reality.
Over the past few weeks, Silva and his camp have stated they would like the fight to take place at a number of weights, all of them being somewhere in the vicinity of 177 to 182 pounds.
St. Pierre, on the other hand, has been non-committal to a weight for the fight, but did mention at the UFC 154 post-fight press conference in Montreal, following a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Carlos Condit (see it here), that Silva has made 168 pounds before, so maybe the Brazilian should meet him at welterweight.
Although "The Spider" hasn't fought at such a low weight since his days as a PRIDE fighter years ago, the 37-year-old said prior to UFC 112 in April 2010 that he could make the 170-pound limit.
If Silva could miraculously drop down, having St. Pierre's championship belt on the line would make the potential superfight an even bigger cash cow for not only the UFC, but both fighters as well.
Unfortunately, even if Silva could make the weight, the UFC's head honcho says the bout would remain a non-title superfight.
"Probably not," Dana White told MMAmania.com following the UFC 154 post-fight press conference when asked if any championship belts could be on the line for Silva vs. St. Pierre. "I don't know how many times Anderson would actually defend it."
White's point is logical. If St. Pierre's belt was on the line and Silva won, he would be the first fighter in UFC history to hold two championship belts in two weight classes at the same time.
With Silva at the fragile age of 37 and his last fight possibly coming at any time, it would be an extremely difficult task to fluctuate weight classes and juggle between defending both titles in what are two of the most stacked weight classes in the sport.
On the flip side, perhaps Silva's middleweight title could be up for grabs if St. Pierre moves up to 185 pounds, but there has been essentially no talks about that scenario.
If the fight does happen, it won't be for any titles. According to White, the stakes are much higher than a belt; the fight is for legacy.
"This is more of a pound-for-pound legacy-type fight."