More and more MMA fans have been clamoring for the UFC to put on a super-fight between champions and pound-for-pound greats Georges St. Pierre (welterweight) and Anderson Silva (middleweight). All parties involved have expressed interest and UFC President Dana White has softened his stance to the point that he has indicated that the fight is a likely possibility at some point in the future. Another voice has joined the fray in favor of the super-fight, and it is one that again seems to indicate that a Silva-St. Pierre bout is coming ever-closer to fruition. UFC CEO and co-owner Lornezo Fertitta recently spoke with MMAJunkie and spoke very enthusiastically about the possibility of that fight.
“I want to see that fight,” Fertitta said of Silva-St. Pierre. “That’s probably the one fight I really want to see the most.”
The Zuffa, LLC. boss stayed realistic about the fight however, and pointed out that both champs have stiff tests in their paths before they will be meeting inside the cage.
“‘GSP’ has to get past Koscheck; Anderson Silva has to get past Vitor Belfort,” Fertitta said. “If that happens, there’s a really good likelihood that we could see that fight – probably some time next summer. … If these guys keep winning their fights, I think it will definitely happen. One of the things we wanted to do was allow both of these guys to continue to get through their divisions – meaning there were a lot of contenders that deserved title shots. Because they’re in different weightclasses, we wanted to let that all play out before we put those two guys together. But I mean we’re getting to a point where they’ve pretty much cleaned out the division. Maybe it’s time to watch them and see what happens.”
St. Pierre will be on deck first, making his next title defense against previous opponent Josh Koscheck. The two will be squaring off this December 11 at UFC 124. Silva appears in action shortly thereafter, defending his strap for a possibly record-breaking (his own) eighth time against fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort. Where the two champs go from there will depend on the outcome of those respective bouts but the dream fight, should it ever materialize, would easily be one of the largest selling pay-per-views in UFC history.
It will also be interesting to see what the UFC does about the promised welterweight title shot Jake Shields received with his win over Martin Kampmann. Being a former middleweight champion (as recently as April) and appearing to have had some serious trouble with the weight cut to 170lbs., it might be a good thing for Shields to follow St. Pierre to 185-pounds.