Many MMA fans were disappointed to learn that the heavily rumored Anderson Silva – Georges St. Pierre super fight would be postponed until at least after August, when Silva takes on Yushin Okami. That match up was recently announced for the planned UFC: Rio fight card, dousing the Silva – St. Pierre flames that had been fanned since “The Spider” took out Vitor Belfort in February.
GSP has his own stiff test coming up though — perhaps his toughest to date — in Jake Shields, whom he faces at the end of this month in the main event of UFC 129. Though it now seems as though Silva vs. St. Pierre will not be happening, UFC president Dana White recently spoke with USA Today and explained that the super fight is still on the table should both men remain undefeated by the end of summer.
“This Jake Shields fight is a much bigger fight for Georges St. Pierre than people realize,” said White. “I know Georges St. Pierre knows it. A lot of people who exactly know what they’re talking about and know what they’re doing, know what a serious fight this Jake Shields fight is for him and how tough it really is. There’s no doubt that in my book he’s the No. 2 pound-for-pound guy in the world. But it’s hard to knock Anderson Silva off that.
“That’s why, if both these guys win their fights, we do the pound-for-pound fight.”