Thanks to his status as a promoter, not to mention his spotty track record, it's nearly impossible to take Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White at his word. After all, this is a man who has admitted multiple times in the past that he has out-and-out lied to the media.
So take anything he says with a grain of salt.
That being said, this is potentially exciting news. During the UFC 159 post-fight press conference last night (Sat., April 27, 2013) in New Jersey, Chael Sonnen, who had just lost in brutal fashion to Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, cut a big promo on how sickening it is to see both Jones and Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva act like a couple of "chickens" and refuse to call each other out.
"People are out there talking about Anderson and Jon, these guys should be calling Dana right now begging to fight each other. And it's not going to go that way. You know you got these two guys and they're great, but they're a couple of chickens. They should be calling each other out. They should grab the mic and say 'I want to fight that guy. I don't want the debate, I want to get this figured out. Dana, give me a date, give me a time.' And it won't happen that way. Dana's going to have to call these guys and then they're going to have to dangle a carrot, then they're going to have to negotiate. We're in the fight business. If you don't want to fight, don't raise your hand."
White, standing right next to Sonnen, simply couldn't help himself, smiling while spouting the following:
"That actually did happen tonight. Anderson called and he wants a fight tonight, so. It did happen. Anderson called tonight and Anderson called and I'm not going to tell you which one it is (between Jones and Georges St. Pierre) but I'm going to get to work on it as soon as possible."
Before we go getting all up in a fuss, there are quite a few issues at play here. First, Silva is booked to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 6, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the promotion's annual Fourth of July weekend extravaganza. St. Pierre, meanwhile, is staring down Johny Hendricks at welterweight and Jones has a big toe that was broken so badly his bone was sticking out.
So there are road blocks.
Then again, those always exist and no matter how high the hurdle, it's not like some clever planning couldn't clear the way for the UFC to finally book a true superfight, one for the ages.
And if we're to believe White -- and remember, that's a tricky proposition at best -- we might be closer to it than anyone wants to admit.
Hold on to your butts, Maniacs.