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Dana White Says if Silva & St. Pierre Fight at 170, Would “Probably Not” be For Title

(Unless you plan on “purging” that, Anderson, you may need to switch your diet up a bit to make 170 pounds)

It never really becomes crystal clear if we’re getting closer to MMA’s two best pound-for-pound fighters fighting one another or further away from it. UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has finally warmed to the idea of fighting welterweight king Georges St. Pierre, six years after each man won their first world titles.

Well, Silva has more than warmed to the idea. He’s practically begging for the fight.

He even hijacked St. Pierre and Carlos Condit’s special Primetime moment to lobby for the bout. The much smaller St. Pierre, however, doesn’t seem to like the idea of fighting Anderson nearly as much.

GSP has only gone so far as to wonder out loud if Silva could once again make the welterweight limit, and his head coach has said he’d only want his charge taking the bout if it was at welterweight, not at a heavier catch weight, as Silva’s camp has suggested in the past.

Alright, let’s say that GSP gets his way and Anderson gets on a Machinist diet and gets down to welterweight…unlikely but if he did we could get more than a “legacy fight.” We’d get an honest to goodness, here and now title fight.

Well, don’t you worry your pretty lil head about that exciting possibility. UFC President Dana White is here to dampen your enthusiasm.

When asked last Saturday if GSP’s belt would be on the line if “The Spider” came down in weight to fight him, White replied, “Probably not, because I don’t know how many times Anderson would actually defend it.”

Great. So if St. Pierre gets his wish he’d be fighting an emaciated Silva¬†who wouldn’t even have the incentive of getting a hold of another title belt if he earned it with a win.

Unless Uncle Dana was just being crazy like a match-making fox. Hear me out.

What if White knows it is unlikely, for whatever set of reasons, that Silva would fight at welterweight and so was trying to deflate any excitement around that particular version of the match that he clearly wants to make so that St. Pierre got the picture and opened himself up to a catchweight possibility?

St. Pierre would look pretty bad making Silva come down in weight and then not even risking his belt. And the championship itself would surely be degraded if the two fought at its weight, Silva won and St. Pierre retained a then pointless title.

Who knows? I’m definitely in desperately searching for meaning territory now. But I’m coming down an intense sugar high from eight different Thanksgiving desserts in the last twenty four hours so I’m a bit foggy.

Point is, if White says a 170lb bout between GSP and Anderson won’t be for the belt, then it shouldn’t happen at that weight. Silva has never gone up in weight to face a reigning champion, but he has gone up in weight and fought very good light heavyweights. Fans of this super fight need to hope that St. Pierre meets Silva half way for it to retain meaning.

What do you think, ‘taters? Do you still want to see this fight? What weight do you want to see it at? Should I put down the fork while I’m typing in the future?

- Elias Cepeda

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MaritalArtist- November 26, 2012 at 7:57 am
I agree with ag82. Have a fight night weight of 190. That way, they are both the same weight. What's wrong with that? No belt on the line. Or they could fight for the MW title, but Anderson could agree not to be over 195 come fight time. Something like that.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm
The fight will be contested for a lifetime supply of Triple Stackers.
Alan K- November 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm
He doesn't need to risk a belt when he'd be risking serious injury from fighting a much larger opponent.
holeeball- November 24, 2012 at 11:32 am
OFC Silva would destroy the smaller man in GSP -- that's practically a given.
Regarding Jon Jones, as soon as this little girl steps up (ala Chael Sonnen), be a MAN and pick a fight with the pound for pound MMA #1 we'll never see Jon Jones beat.
That is until he moves up to his natural weight class and face JDS or maybe even 'roid user Overeem.
dranokills- November 24, 2012 at 9:12 am
Well it is silly to say that if Silva came down to 170 and beat GSP without it being for the belt that it would make the title be degraded. If it's not for the title then it's just to see whos the pound for pound best champ. And if in your logic, they both met at a catch-weight and still NOT for a title then regardless of the extra pounds for gsp it's still a fight, and if gsp loses it somehow lessons his legacy as the champ? that doesn't make sense. This fight has never been about who would get who's belt, instead it's always been about their legacy and who is the best pound for pound fighter. You put to much importance on a strap. And Dana is right, how in a business sense does it make sense to let Silva keep a belt he would never defend, NOR the other way around. GSP would never defend or attempt to defend the belt if he won it from Silva. My personal opinion is Silva is a pussy, he wants to fight someone who is smaller but is not willing to fight the bigger champ. Oh sure hes willing to choose and pick which middle of the pack CAN at light heavy he wants to fight to impress everyone......but I am not impressed! He doesn't stand a chance against the top 3 in light heavy, ohhh but hes sure he can beat up the smaller real tough. It proves nothing, except he is a money hungry coward who is getting old and needs to prove to his ignorant fans that he is still the master of MMA.
ag82- November 24, 2012 at 6:57 am
Forget the catchweight limit, have a fight night weight limit of 190 lbs. Then let's get this party started
holeeball- November 24, 2012 at 4:59 am
This superfight business is wrong. Spider should fight the #1 in his weight class CHRIS WEIDMAN. Remember him CP? He may be injured but he's still alive. Poor guy, forgotten so soon.
PHISTAKUPHS- November 24, 2012 at 12:55 am
I would like to see both super fights. I wouldn't care if belts were on the line. I just want to see a great fight between 2 fighters at the top of the sport.
cman- November 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm
I still find the bigger fighter calling out the smaller fighter first weird. You didn't see GSP seeking out BJ, Dos Santos only responded to Jones talking of going heavy.
And I still see this fight going weird, GSP is right, the weight difference on fight night could almost be 2 classes. Not sure how entertaining that would be and if Silva lost?? WOW.
ktronics- November 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm
Why would Silva need to defend the title? If the fight happens at 170 and Silva wins, he would surely just vacate the title and find his next big money fight. That fight doesn't exist at welterweight so he could simply vacate. Or catchweight, whatevs yo.
ItburnswhenIpee- November 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm
Think you're typing with your head up your arse. A fight between GSP and Silva at any weight is a chance to see masters compete, doesn't matter if a belt is on the line or not, that's irrelevant.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm
Other then money, the fight makes zero sense. Neither does Anderson vs Jones just not sensible.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm
This fight makes sense because money. Lots of money.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm
So does this mean Christian Bale is going to be fighting for the Bantamweight title soon? I'll bet he'd beat Pablo Garza's ass. He IS Batman, you know.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- November 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm
177 would be fair but Gsp is giving up a huge reach advantage. The average height of a welterweight is 5'10 and middleweight is 6'2.
dipsetkilla316- November 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm
Ur prob right i feel the same way
angry little feet- November 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm
If we turned your keyboard upside down and gave it a good shake - I wonder what all we might discover.

I get the feeling that UFC feels they need this fight to bring in some Huge PPV #s and thereby prove that interest in their product is not on the decline as some say. I suspect it will happen at some catch weight.