Little has been heard from Anderson Silva’s camp since the middleweight champion stopped Chael Sonnen with strikes at UFC 148 to retain the title he’s held for more than five years. Instead of addressing his future or calling potential adversaries out, Silva has remained a recluse and allowed the contendership picture to slowly sort itself out.
With Alan Belcher, Vitor Belfort, Hector Lombard, Michael Bisping, and other options now off the table the only suitable opponents seemingly left for Silva are Tim Boetsch and Chris Weidman. However, neither carries much mainstream weight and the 37-year old Silva only seems interested in significant scraps.
On that note, Silva’s manager – Jorge Guimaraes – recently spoke about the situation in an interview with TATAME where he made it clear his client isn’t jumping at the chance to face a relative unknown and instead brought up an idea that hasn’t been tossed around in a few years.
“No opponent makes sense for Anderson at this moment…unless we do a catchweight against Georges St-Pierre. They didn’t offer the fight, but he’s the only one that could do a super fight,” said Guimaraes of Silva going at it with GSP. “Anderson has the biggest paycheck in the UFC, and you can’t promote an event with these amateur kids that are coming up now”.
St-Pierre, the UFC’s welterweight title-holder, is currently in the process of recovering from knee surgery sidelining him since mid-2011. He is expected to face Carlos Condit in November to unify his belt with Condit’s interim strap. There are also a handful of worthy challengers ready to go who have been forced to wait for an opportunity to open up while St-Pierre has been out. As such, it seems somewhat unlikely a much-anticipated meeting between GSP-Silva will take place but, if nothing else, at least seems “The Spider” hasn’t forgotten about cementing his status as the greatest fighter MMA has ever seen.
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