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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.