(“We have ways to make the infidels…er…fighters agree to our demands.”)
It looks like a GSP vs. Anderson Silva match-up might be closer than anticipated.
Dana White brushed off the potential blockbuster bout this summer as being something that likely won’t happen for a while, but according to his partner, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, the fight may happen as early as next summer if both fighters continue to dominate in their respective divisions.
“I want to see that fight,” Fertitta said during a Q&A session in London ahead of UFC 120. “That’s probably the one fight I really want to see the most.”
For that to happen, Silva will have to get by former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort in February and St-Pierre faces fellow TUF 12 coach and MMA superheel Josh Koscheck in December. White has also held steadfast to his assertion that Jake Shields will face the winner of that bout, so it may still be a while off if he gets his way.
According to Fertitta, though, as a fan, he’s more keen on making the superfight than another one-sided main event title match-up.
“’GSP has to get past Koscheck; Anderson Silva has to get past Vitor Belfort. If that happens, there’s a really good likelihood that we could see that fight – probably some time next summer. … If these guys keep winning their fights, I think it will definitely happen,” Fertitta explained. “One of the things we wanted to do was allow both of these guys to continue to get through their divisions – meaning there were a lot of contenders that deserved title shots. Because they’re in different weightclasses, we wanted to let that all play out before we put those two guys together. But I mean we’re getting to a point where they’ve pretty much cleaned out the division. Maybe it’s time to watch them and see what happens.”
Lorenzo seems like a rational guy. Maybe we need to have a sit down with him to discuss our up-in-the-air credential situation.