With the highly anticipated Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva "super fight" looming, everyone is wondering about the finer details. What weight would the contest take place at? Will St. Pierre move up in weight?
Will Silva move down?
Weight will become a hot topic if the bout becomes a reality, and Silva's manager Ed Soares tells FightHub it would be fair if both men to adapted their weight and met in the middle, at a catchweight of 178 pounds.
"Maybe a catchweight would be the right thing. I think a catchweight is fair. 178 [would be a fair catchweight]. Anderson told me he can make 170, whether he can or not I don't know, that's a lot of weight. "
Even though St. Pierre is fighting Carlos Condit next Saturday night (Nov. 17, 2012) at UFC 154, the talk about a St. Pierre vs. Silva superfight just won't stop, especially after news broke this week that ‘The Spider’ is traveling to Montreal to challenge "Rush" after his fight against Condit, a whirlwind of talk has started.
So much so, people seem to forget the Canadian kingpin has a dangerous opponent who is champing at the bit to deflate the GSP-Silva chatter.
Another superfight fans are clamoring for is Silva vs. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. But with "Bones" currently taping The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 and scheduled to face Chael Sonnen on April 27 in New Jersey, focus has shifted to the Brazilian facing off against the French-Canadian.
That's all good to Soares, though, as he thinks a fight with St. Pierre makes more sense for his client.
"Jon Jones is a tough fight, but Georges St. Pierre is a tough fight too, man. You know, people, you know, they're both tough fighters, you know? But when you look at Anderson's stats, he's close to George St. Pierre's stats as far as size, as far as reach, as far as age, as far as everything. So he's closer - there's less difference in weight, in height, in reach, in all that. Maybe in height it might be similar, a little closer to Jon Jones but in every other way - in weight and everything like that, Georges St. Pierre is closer to Anderson than Jon Jones is to Anderson. "
It is always possible Silva could fight St. Pierre and Jones in consecutive fights, but for now, the attention has centered directly on the former.
Is 178 pounds a fair catchweight?
If Silva can in fact make welterweight, should he attempt to go for St-Pierre's title? The questions are only going to get more intense as the UFC 154 pay-per-view (PPV) on Nov. 17 draws closer.