Chris Weidman believes he can do it. Tim Boetsch will do it if he has to. However, the fact remains, only one person has done it in the last seven and a half years and that's submit Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
Ryo Chonan accomplished the feat back at PRIDE: "Shockwave 2004" with a rather impressive flying scissor heel hook. Since then, Silva has gone on a dominant tear which has placed him atop the mixed martial arts (MMA) world.
After "The Spider" defeated long-time rival Chael Sonnen for the second time at UFC 148 a few weeks ago, the challengers have not stopped knocking at his door. Some of them even believe they have what it takes to stop the champion via knockout or submission.
Everyone from the aforementioned Weidman and Boetsch to Michael Bisping and any other 185-pounder on the UFC's roster with a pulse, for that matter, has been pleading for their shot to challenge the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.
Regardless, it seems the middleweight picture will be a bit clearer in the coming months as plenty of match-ups have been confirmed with Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann set for UFC 152 on Sept. 22 up in Canada and Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher on tap for UFC 153 this October in Brazil.
Those bouts are all fine and dandy, but according to one of Silva's managers, Jorge Guimaraes, all of those challenges and claims are meaningless because he feels there is only one fight which makes sense for his client -- a showdown with the promotion's welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre.
Check out his comments to Tatame, after the jump:
"That's a big joke. Everybody saw that it worked for Chael, and he got really famous with that, and now everybody wants to be on the spotlight. No opponent makes sense for Anderson at this moment. Unless we do a catchweight against Georges St. Pierre. They didn't offer the fight, but he's the only one that could do a super fight. Anderson has the biggest paycheck in the UFC, and you can't promote an event with these amateur kids that are coming up now."
While the competitors in the 185-pound division are far from amateurs, it seems Jorge is less than impressed with their capabilities of offering a competitive fight...or at least one that would do well at the box office.
"GSP" vs. "The Spider" has been a long desired scrap in the MMA community given the fact both have cleaned out their respective weight classes during their dominate reigns.
St. Pierre isn't necessarily opposed to the idea himself, he has just stated he would just need plenty of time to prepare and gain the weight the proper way. Should this bout ever come to fruition, it would likely be further down the road since "Rush" already has a fight in place as he will face Carlos Condit in order to unify the 170-pound strap once and for all at UFC 154 in November.
Despite Guimaraes' desire for a 'super fight' for Silva against Georges, it likely won't happen anytime soon. If at all.