Pound for pound greats and UFC champions Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre seem destined to meet in the cage at some point in the near future. Though both men are currently obligated to bouts (Silva is due in the cage against Vitor Belfort this February 5th and St. Pierre is fighting Jake Shields next, possibly this April at the first-ever UFC show to be held in Toronto), talk of a super fight between the two has been heating up.
St. Pierre defended his belt for the fifth straight time last night, dominating a game Josh Koscheck for the entirety of their five round bout. The win marks eight in a row for St. Pierre, who has gone on a tear in the 170-pound division since losing the belt to Matt Serra back in April of 2007. “Rush” has taken out Koscheck (twice now), Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves and Dan Hardy during that stretch, not dropping a round to any of those men.
Comparatively, Silva has defended his middleweight strap seven times now and has not dropped a bout in thirteen fights (with the loss coming by way of disqualification to Yushin Okami). “The Spider” has defeated the likes of Chris Leben, Rich Franklin (twice), Nate Marquardt, Dan Henderson, Demian Maia, Chael Sonnen and both James Irvin and Forrest Griffin in light heavyweight bouts.
The two dominant champions must get past their respective next tests for a match up between the two to eventually come to fruition, which will be no easy task with opponents of Shields’ and Belfort’s caliber.
All parties involved (including UFC president Dana White) have expressed interest in the bout, with St. Pierre indicating that he will only move to middleweight naturally and permanently. According to White, were St. Pierre to move to middleweight, their bout would be for the title; however, the idea has been brought up that the two could meet at a catchweight below 185-pounds.
There are certainly still many “what-ifs” concerning the bout and several things have to happen before it can occur, but each champion’s current trajectory is leading him to a bout with the other. The match up is a tantalizing one, as both men are currently in their primes and their respective skill sets would likely make for an entertaining and technical spectacle.
Regardless, MMA fans must sit back and wait while the two men defend their belts within the next year; but, though the fight is hardly a guarantee, a bout between Silva and St. Pierre seems much more likely than one between top boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather or even Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Nick Diaz in Strikeforce. Simply put, should they not falter in their upcoming title defenses, MMA fans will almost assuredly see St. Pierre and Silva settle the pound-for-pound debate in the cage.