The UFC has wanted to book a bout between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and welterweight king Georges St-Pierre for awhile, waiting for GSP to clear his division out and give 185 pounds a go. However, to make the rumble a reality, Silva has to hold up his end of the bargain too and the Brazilian’s next opponent has some bad news on that front.
UFC President Dana White spoke about a possible Silva/St-Pierre scrap to reporters after the conclusion of UFC 158 where he relayed a brief conversation he recently had with Chris Weidman (who is set to challenge Silva this summer).
“He says, ‘I’m gonna f*ck up all your superfights and I’m gonna be your next champion. But what I will do for ya is I’ll give him an immediate rematch in Madison Square Garden as soon as he loses,’” explained White. “It’s verbatim what the guy said to me.”
The Fight Network was on the scene and able to capture the conversation.
“If you take Anderson Silva out of the mix, the superfights are all gone,” White confessed, agreeing with the widespread sentiment that Weidman shouldn’t be overlooked even though he’ll enter the evening as an underdog.
Weidman is 9-0 in his career including wins over Demian Maia and Mark Munoz. He is seen by many as a legitimate threat to Silva based on his polished wrestling, submission arsenal, and ever-improving stand-up. Their match-up will serve as the main event at UFC 162.
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