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Anderson Silva fighting Georges St-Pierre sooner than expected according to Dana White

Earlier this week, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva revealed he was not looking to fight again for another year and planned on giving his attention to personal projects instead, inviting the UFC to create an interim title in his absence if need be. Of course, it remains to be seen whether his claim was sincere, posturing for more money, or a means of allowing welterweight king Georges St-Pierre to bulk up for a potential super-fight. However, according to UFC President Dana White, he is fairly certain fans will see Silva back in action before the middle of 2013 assuming GSP beats Carlos Condit this weekend at UFC 154.

“He said he wouldn’t fight Chael Sonnen again either, but he did. He always comes out and says this stuff. I don’t know why he does it or why he says the things he says,” explained White on ESPN’s SportsCenter when asked about Silva’s statements regarding an extended break from competition.

“If Georges St-Pierre wins, those two will fight and it’ll probably be in May,” added White, confirming Silva would be in attendance at UFC 154 to watch St-Pierre’s clash with Condit. The outspoken executive also stated the plan was still to have the potential pairing take place in a stadium.

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10 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    See once again, I don’t think Dana listens to anything GSP says, when he keeps saying that a fight against Silva will be at MW and he will have to take a yr off to make sure his body can do it right.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    There’s no way in hell GSP will be fighting Anderson Silva in May. I would literally kiss Dana’s pastey ass if that happens.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Gsp isnt willing to move weight and if he loses to condit he ll really not want this fight. Why dosent silva call out jj instead? Why fight the top ww and not the top lhw? as long as silva dont fight another bottom tier lhw im fine with whatever.

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  • Screenplaya says:

    If GSP whips Condit, I think it makes sense for Georges to start bulking up for the move the MW. That opens the WW division for an amazing tournament including so many talented dudes who have languished in the shadow of GSP.

    Then, maybe we get GSP and Silva in the late summer or early fall, allowing Georges a chance to put on more muscle, and Silva the chance to do whatever personal projects he wants to focus on.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I’d like to see GSP be adamant about staying at 170 (assuming he wins). There’s still Nick Diaz out there, not to mention the winner of Hendricks/Kampmann and some intriguing future contenders like Ellenberger/Marquardt.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I see this as a very bad match up for GSP which is exactly why Anderson would like the fight.

    Jon Jones would be a far tougher opponent for Silva and someone who for once would be the much bigger man in the ring. Bonner was physically bigger, but his skill set was not even in the same universe as Silva.

    GSP is not a big WW and would be a rather small MW. Not trying to dis on GSP or his talents , but Silva is a monster at MW and could easily beat most if not all guys NOT named Jon Jones at 205.

    I would even like to see a permanent move to 205 for Silva and let the MW play out with all the guys there who are so close rankings wise.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    “not to mention the winner of Hendricks/Condit ”

    Typo?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    ^ mental slip or not, I think Brendhan is onto something…

    Hendricks takes out Kampmann, Condit pulls off the upset.
     
    That will set things up for GSP to face Diaz upon his return from suspension. GSP wins and–as soothsayer Brendhan mentioned above–faces the winner of Hendricks/Condit to try to recapture the belt.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Yeah, brain crossed wires.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Money and other opportunites will make the match up come to fruition… It will be the grandest stage UFC has ever had and it will probably be the most main stream covered bout ever. You have 2 of the biggest mma fan bases in canadian & brazilian fans with there superstar champions main eventing in a stadium… The paycheck will be huge but the spotlight and the sponsorship opportunities will also be tremendous. GSP & Silva don’t need the money BUT the recognition and the opportunity to create a milestone in there legacy is just as rewarding as cash and it will bring future revenue to them regardless of win or lose as long as it’s a great fight. They will set a new bar for the sport and engrave themselves into the history of the sport even more then they already have.
    This is like being in the first Superbowl, the first wrestlemania, the first world series… it’s going to be huge! Why wouldn’t guys who are already destined for the HOF and don’t need to prove anything have any worries about winning or losing because for the moment this event and fight would create would be theirs forever and would solidify these guys legacies beyond wins and loses.
    It would be bigger then titles and records… As long as as it’s a close fight that goes back & forth and shows both guys are extremely talented there won’t be a loser regardless who gets there arm raised.

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