A superfight between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva came one step closer to becoming a reality last night after Silva delivered a stunning front face kick to Vitor Belfort en route to knocking the challenger out in the first round. Now it’s up to St-Pierre to thwart the challenge of Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto on April 29 to make the fight happen.
“Yeah, if St. Pierre beats Shields in Toronto, I think we’ll do that fight… It’s looking like we are doing the [Silva-GSP] fight,” UFC President Dana White stated at the UFC 126 post-fight press conference. “If GSP wins his next fight, that will probably be the fight we’ll do.”
For White, the biggest challenge for him is not to get the fighters to agree to the bout, but where to have it take place.
“Georges made it clear that if he beats Jake Shields he’ll take the fight, and I think Anderson is ready to go too,” said White. “The biggest problem with the fight is where to put it.”
White had previously stated that having the fight take place in St-Pierre’s home country of Canada made the most sense, but Silva threw a couple of other locations on the table.
“If it were up to me, I’d like to have it in Brazil,” said Silva. “If that is not happening, I’d have it in Vegas. That is my home away from home. It’s where I won my belt. I’m very comfortable here, and it is where I’d like to fight.”
One person likely not looking forward to the fight is Yushin Okami, who defeated Nate Marquardt at UFC 122 last November to become the number one contender for Silva’s strap. Okami now finds himself likely to have another fight before being able to fight for the belt.
“I’ve got to figure out the [Yushin] Okami part of this thing,” White noted. “I’m sure he is going to be pissed.”
Meanwhile, Silva reiterated that the fight would take place at middleweight, and that he has no plans to change weight classes.
“I’m not planning on moving up in weight, or moving down in weight, and I want to maintain my position in the middleweight division and prepare myself for the next combat,” he said. “It’s going to be one of those types of fights. It’s going to be a fun fight. I’m going to go over here, fly over here, he’s going to fly over there. There will be a lot of punches and kicks thrown. It’s going to be another fun fight.”
“Stylistically, it’s an interesting fight,” noted White, referring to St-Pierre’s superior wrestling skills. “And I love the fact that if both guys clean out the divisions, you’re able to do a super fight like this.”