Before UFC 112 yesterday, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva seemed to be on a collision course with UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre. The fight had been talked about for some time, however GSP seemed hesitant about moving up a weight class for the fight. Silva offered a solution – he would drop down to welterweight.
“I’d like to test myself and I always love to take on new challenges,” Silva stated during a pre-fight interview. “It’s not that I want to go fight Georges St. Pierre for his title. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the reigning champion, the absolute champion, in that weight category. But I just want to test myself and see how I’d do at that weight.”
Joe Rogan alluded to the hypothetical super-fight several times during the event. Rogan and Mike Goldberg continued to allude to the match-up several times during the Silva – Maia fight, and St. Pierre was repeatedly shown in the crowd during the bout. Rogan even went so far as to declare that Silva will be fighting St. Pierre at welterweight after this fight. It seemed inevitable that there would some sort of face-off between the two after the fight, however that never came to be as Silva spent the final three rounds posturing and avoiding any contact.
UFC President Dana White was so frustrated during the fight that he left the ringside area during the fourth round and handed the championship belt to Silva’s manager, Ed Soares. He then went on to say that he no longer felt that Silva deserved to fight St-Pierre.
“He said the other day that he wanted to cut to 170 and fight GSP,” said White during the post-fight press conference. “I don’t want to see that fight now. He doesn’t deserve to fight GSP.
“I’d like to say he lost his mind tonight, but this is the third time this has happened, this isn’t the first time.”
With three lackluster title defenses in a row, White admitted to not knowing what to do with Silva next, telling Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, “The only thing that interests me right now is going in and having the conversation that I’m going to have with him right now. As far as him fighting again, I can’t even think about it right now.”
White noted that he was going to speak to Silva and then decide what to do next. He did promise that he would make it up to the fans.
“I don’t know how I’m going to do it, but I’m going to pay the fans back,” he stated. “I will make it up to the fans.”