We still don’t know if we’ll get a super fight between welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and middleweight champion Anderson Silva one day, but at least it seems that UFC President Dana White is on our side with this thing. “I think we’re pretty close,” White told Ariel Helwani on Fuel TV’s UFC Tonight. “I mean if Georges St. Pierre beats [Carlos] Condit, that could be the next fight.”
In other words, St. Pierre vs. Condit isn’t “meaningless” after all. And if GSP vs. Anderson does happen, White told Helwani that it would likely be held at a 180-pound catch weight.
“At one point it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170 and take Georges’ welterweight title,” White said. “That was what he was talking at one point. Then it was 180 as a catchweight, because Georges doesn’t want to go to 185, he’s going to stay at ’70. He said if ‘I had to make the move to go to ’85, I’d have to stay at ’85.’ We figured that a 180-pound catchweight makes sense.”
Sounds good to us, and Silva has seemed to do everything he could to signal that he wants that fight (from insulting the entire middleweight division to expressing a willingness to drop down in weight) but there’s a lot standing in the way of that dream match-up from happening. First of all, Condit could beat St. Pierre in November.
Speaking of that, Condit had better make sure he plans to finish St. Pierre, because he can’t like the odds of winning a decision against one of the promotion’s biggest stars when it would mean possibly spoiling one of the biggest fights in MMA history. [Ed. note: The MMA conspiracy theory threat level has now been raised to "elevated."] Also, Silva or St. Pierre could get injured, be on the shelf, forcing the other to fight in the meantime, opening up all sorts of other possibilities at that point.
Furthermore, we are not yet as sure that St. Pierre wants the fight with Silva. He’s not saying much about it lately, more than likely because he’s got a title fight with Condit coming up. His head coach Firas Zihabi has said that St. Pierre has told him he wants the Silva fight, but on the other hand, GSP’s sometimes boxing coach Freddie Roach recently told Fight Hub that he still believes that Silva is “too big,” for Georges.
“[Georges] likes the weight he’s fighting at now, its where he’s at his best and I don’t think this fight’s really going to happen because I think [Silva is] too big for [St. Pierre].”
What do you say, ‘taters? Is the dream of Silva vs. St. Pierre still alive in your dark lil’ hearts or is it time to lower our expectations?