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Dana Admits He’ll OK St. Pierre vs. Silva if Both Win Upcoming Fights

(“What can I say? My life is an embarrassment of riches.” PicProps: Las Vegas Sun)

UFC President Dana White said on Friday that the time might finally be right to promote the much-talked-about, long-debated superfight between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and welterweight titlist Georges St. Pierre, provided both guys take care of business in their upcoming fights. White reportedly made the admission as part of a private Q&A session with small group of soldiers at Fort Hood in Tex., the site of tonight’s Fight For the Troops show. The rap sesh was not open to the public, but MMA Fighting got one of its guys in

"If (Silva) wins that fight (against Vitor Belfort at UFC 126), then Georges St-Pierre needs to beat Jake Shields in Toronto (at UFC 129)," White told the guys in uniform. "If that happens, then we’re probably going to do that fight (between St-Pierre and Silva). If they both win, that fight makes all the sense in the world."

The bout would assumedly have far-reaching effects on the ranks of both weight classes. Remember that one time Joe Rogan made that weird comment about how it would take a while for GSP to bulk up to middleweight because he’d insist on “doing it naturally”? Yeah well, like we’ve said in the past, White conceded that if the indomitable 170-pound champion goes to 185 to fight “The Spider,” it’ll likely be a permanent thing.

"Georges St-Pierre – he would move to 185 (to fight Silva) and stay at that weight and not go back to 170," White said on Friday. "Should (they) win (their next) fights, that fight will probably happen this year."

If Silva dispatches Belfort it’ll be his record 13th consecutive victory inside the Octagon. Beating Shields would be GSP’s ninth straight, and make him 15-2 overall in the UFC. We have to admit we’re a bit torn here. St. Pierre vs. Silva would basically be a heretofore unseen matchup between world pound-for-pound Nos. 1-2 and even independent of that it seems like a cool fight. But a 170-pound division without GSP? What would that even look like? An endless string of fights between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves? Josh Koscheck as champion? BJ Penn as a major player? Forgive us if those options don’t exactly fire us up.

On the other hand, if the alternative is St. Pierre hanging around beating up guys like Carlos Condit, Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez for the next couple of years, maybe a permanent move-up would be the best thing for him.

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andrewbeard1- January 24, 2011 at 6:26 am
I think this would be (marketing wise) the smartest move for the UFC. But I'm not exactly sure that its gonna be considered a fair fight, that is if GSP loses. If that happens, the common complaint will be that GSP is fighting out of his comfort zone due to the weight gain. But if he happens to win, I think it will be a drastic set back to the Welterweight Division. GSP makes the weight class so interesting, as Anderson Silva does the same for his weight class. Maybe this will finally give the Welterweights a chance to get the belt, but we all know that GSP is the true dominant figure at 170.
TheWarsawExpress- January 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm
If Silva can destroy people at LHW like Forrest Griffin then by everyone logic GSP should be able to easily beat Forrest Griffin. Think about that for a second. In real life Fo Griff would probably destroy GSP.
mmanimal- January 23, 2011 at 7:55 am
Don’t forget that anytime GSP is asked about his forecasted move to MW he gets the Canadian clams—he doesn’t want to risk it: messing up his physiology/getting beat up by bigger dudes—namely, Anderson—who’s big even at 205. This is "our" fantasy, not his.
fACE7biter- January 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm
The biggest loser in this scenario would be Yushin Okami. I get that he's not great for business and that always comes first. But this wuold put him on the shelf for well over a year, unless he gives up his contender ship and fights again. I think the best case scenario would really be if GSP wins just because hes so damn popular, Anderson loses becasue the fans are tired of him, and then they do the fight anyway. Belfort can fight Okami before years end. Anderson can fight GSP at catchweight just to determine who the best guy is, while the welterweight division churns out a new contender. I jsut don't see a permanent GSP move to MW.
torxxx- January 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm
awesome if it happens. I think Silva is one of the few fighters that could have a chance at stopping GSP.

DangadaDang- January 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm
4 minutes into the facebook prelims and Joe rogan has dropped an F bomb. This is gunna be good.
BuckWild- January 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm
I think if GSP beats Silva it will be a meat grinder decision. If Silva wins it will be submission.

I don't see GSP having weak sub defense , so I see GSP winning like Chael but not as dominant, and squeeking out the win.

Now if GSP gets the title from Silva, I think stylistically he will have more issues with some of the other elite MW fighters. GSP vs Chael.. now that would be a more exciting fight..
Ballkick- January 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm
@ Casa de los pan

Have you been hangin with the Diaz Brothers?.......and listening to their shit?.....and smoking their shit?
GSP wins this fight any where Silva gets taken......ground,..stand-up,....etc.
TheRealMrBeefy- January 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm
@ Casa de los pan...

You have no idea what you are talking about. Your last comment makes that perfectly clear.

Now please get off the ban-wagon that Silva is invincible. If this fight ever comes to fruition there would be no way in hell GSP would get smoked by Anderson's strikes. GSP will find his range circle out and control him with his Jab until he breaks Silva's stupid face.

I guarantee you Silva would not even think about bringing this to the ground either. GSP would make Silva's BJJ black belt under Nogueira look like a prize he won in a cracker jack box. His perfect combination of Wrestling and BJJ will control the little Monkey Farmer the whole time he is on his back. Next thing you know it, it will be time to go back home and cry on Machida's shoulder.
TheRealMrBeefy- January 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm
@ MonsterMaulingAss

Did you see Silva's standup during his last fight? Chael Sonnen made him look amateur. GSP make Kosheck's Stand-up look like complete joke - and Kosheck is pretty decent on his feet these days!

GSP did not use his stand up for so long people almost forgot how good it was.

Silva's stand up has not looked good since his fight with Forrest Griffin which was over a year ago.

Plain and simple, Silva is starting to look like he is loosing his fire. Sonnen had that fight in the bag, ABSOLUTELY DOMINATED HIM!!!! it's unfortunate that he is completely clueless on how to defend a leg triangle...Regardless Silva did win that night - but got owned in the process.

I'm still laughing about how some people still manage to think Silva even holds a candle to GSP in this stupid P4P war....hahahahahahaha AMATEUR!!

Casa de los pantelones- January 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

The true anderson will make GSP his bitch. This might actually be the first fight in history where a fighter not only taps to strikes twice in their career, being no where on the verge of a knockout, but doing so while standing up and running to their corner.

GSP might actually throw in the towel himself. Thats not his dong in those tights he wears that has grown so disproportionately huge, thats the white flag my friends.

Anderson will light him up a few times and GSP will lose all heart and faith.

ghostboner- January 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Do not want! This fight is lame. It puts them both on the shelf for months again while GSP roids up to make the move to 185, and then what happens if Anderson completely clowns him? Is there any interest in him at 185 after that? Who is he gonna fight, Nate Marquardt? I don't think so. Would much rather see GSP fight Fitch again, Kampmann, Condit etc.

And while we're on the subject, GSP is not the same size as Chael Sonnen. Sonnen is huge at MW (not even counting his 25+ lbs of bacne) While I don't think Anderson has quite figured out how to fight a smart wrestler yet, I do not see GSP being able to pull off the Chael.
bandit403- January 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm
im sorry but vitor is going to smash anderson, vitor is not like the other fighters anderson has fought lately.and what about okami and stungun? vitor is hungry anderson is safe all points to KO
Turd Furgeson- January 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm
By the way, who's this Reynolds bastard? I'm gonna duel him to the death. There can be only one true Turd!
NinjaNerd8- January 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm
If Sonnen owns him standing so does GSP.

And no, a rib injury does not turn you into an amateur that gets out-boxed by a wrestler.
MonsterMaulingAss- January 22, 2011 at 1:13 pm
TheRealMrBeefy-"GSP owns him Standing up"

HAHhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaahaha, ha, haha, aaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaha(ignore the end of this comment, im still laughing)!
Turd Furgeson- January 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I did. I also just found out I spelled Ferguson wrong. Oh well.
TheRealMrBeefy- January 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm
This would certainly be one of the biggest fights the UFC has ever put together.

If GSP wins (Which I think will happen) It only opens up the welterweight division) thus creating some really good match-ups. GSP has out-classed all opponents during this most recent run. Yes, there is still some interesting contenders moving up the ranks for him, but after Sheilds, there really is no one left that could even stand a chance. GSP is unstoppable right now.

This fight needs to happen before one of them looses. Otherwise it will not have the same appeal that it would have right now.

GSP owns him Standing up (Silva has looked weak in his last few fights) and he owns him on the ground. He will use his wrestling & BJJ and smother the shit out of him.

I think Silva has been on a decline and this fight needs to happen before he looses. I want GSP to be the man to take his crown.

As much as I want Belfort to catch him with a KO, I would rather see Silva make it one more just to get owned by the real P4P King.

WAR GSP!!!!!!

WAR GSP!!!!!!!!!
Ballkick- January 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm
If Jake Sheildzzzzzz beats GSP I will eat a CP t-shirt and video tape it for you all to watch.
Other than Nick Diaz thinking Jake can Beat GSP, is there anyone on "our" planet that thinks he can?.......anyone? I don't even think Jake thinks he can beat GSP......because he he knows in his heart of hearts he cant.

Vitor might just be the wild-card spoiler here, I think he has a legit chance to win this fight,....But I'll never bet against Silva,....too many horse-shoes up that cats ass.
GSP vs. Silva would be a record breaking PPV audience for the UFC no matter what weight.
cecils_pupils- January 22, 2011 at 11:39 am
wait... didn't iDestroy change his name to TurdFerguson? Me confused...
Gooner- January 22, 2011 at 10:50 am
I don't think there is any chance of a catchweight fight. I don't think the UFC sees catchweight bouts as very marketable.

Only thing I'm worried about with this fight is what they would do after it. If Silva's as you were and pushes him closer to retirement or another fight with GSP after a couple of wins.

It could leave 170lb division without a true champion, and middleweight division just having GSP and Silva fighting each other for the "Best P4P Fighter"
Slimbo Thrice- January 22, 2011 at 10:38 am
Catch weight 178lbs makes most sense I think and then they both go back to their divisions as champs.
RearNakedSpoon- January 22, 2011 at 10:11 am
How about getting Nick Diaz back in and whoever smashes him the fastest wins the P4P title?
hooligun- January 22, 2011 at 10:03 am
belfort whooping silva would be one thing, but fuck me shields better not beat gsp!

i think gsp moving permanently to 185 and immediately getting a title shot is too risky so better they fight at catchweight 180 imo.

whaddya say dana?
DangadaDang- January 22, 2011 at 9:54 am
The only "if" here in my mind depends on Silva. At least Belfort has a punchers chance. Given everyone said Shields had no chance against Henderson, but he REALLY has no chance against GSP.