There has been a consistently swirling quiet storm brewing around an eventual match up between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, the two men that most fans and pundits consider to be the best mixed martial artists currently competing. After an initial buzz that was killed at UFC 112 by Silva’s odd title defense against Demian Maia, all parties involved (including UFC President Dana White) have remained tepidly optimistic of the match up though it does not appear to be anywhere near the immediate horizon.
Indeed, after a much-closer-than-anticipated title defense against Chael Sonnen and with the presence of a healthy Vitor Belfort in the UFC’s middleweight division it appears as though Silva will be fending off his belt in his home division for the foreseeable future. Likewise, St. Pierre already has to deal with Josh Koscheck this December and presumably Jake Shields, Martin Kampmann or Jon Fitch sometime after that. St. Pierre recently spoke with Fighters Only magazine about Silva’s recent fight with Sonnen and offered his opinion on whether or not he believes he could follow Sonnen’s game plan to success against Silva.
“Not at all,” “Rush” said of replicating Sonnen’s success. “I watched that fight because I like Anderson Silva and the way he fights, I learn every time that Anderson Silva fights. I like to watch the best guys in the business fighting because I learn from them and Anderson Silva is one of them. Chael Sonnen now became one of them. But no I didn’t… like, it’s not in my radar right now [a fight with Anderson].”
St. Pierre just wrapped up taping the twelfth installment of Spike TV and the UFC’s joint-promoted reality show The Ultimate Fighter opposite the next challenger to his title, Josh Koscheck. Koscheck and St. Pierre are expected to square off early this December at the officially unannounced UFC 124.