With A Win Over Carlos Condit, Georges St-Pierre Could Face Anderson Silva In A Catchweight Superfight
In a special edition of UFC Tonight on FUEL TV, UFC President Dana White announced if St-Pierre defeats Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in November he could face UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a 180-pound catchweight bout.
“I think we’re pretty close (to St-Pierre vs. Silva),” said White. “I mean if Georges St-Pierre beats (Carlos) Condit, that could be next fight.”
If the fight does in fact become a reality, White hinted there is only one venue capable of holding such a big match up: Cowboy’s Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
“If that fight happens, it will probably happen at Dallas, TX stadium,” said the UFC boss.
St-Pierre (22-2) has not competed in mixed martial arts since a unanimous decision win over Jake Shields in April 2011 due to injury. The French-Canadian returns from reconstructive knee surgery at UFC 154 in Nov. when he takes on Condit in a welterweight title unification bout. St. Pierre has won nine fights in a row, however he has not finished an opponent since defeating BJ Penn by TKO at UFC 94 in Jan. 2009.
The 30-year-old welterweight champion has been hesitant to change weight classes in the past, but in recent months has become much more open to the idea of moving up for a magafight with Silva.
“At one point it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170 and take Georges’ welterweight title,” said White. “That was what he was talking at one point. Then it was 180 as a catchweight because Georges doesn’t want to go to 185; he’s going to stay at 70. He said ‘if I had to make the move to go to 85, I’d have to stay at 85.’
“We figured that a 180-pound catchweight makes sense.”
Silva (32-4) is no stranger to big fights as he fought at UFC 148 in July where he defeated Chael Sonnen by TKO in one of the biggest fights in UFC history. The reigning middleweight champion has been called out by a number of middleweight fighters vying for the title, but has made it known he is only interested in high selling fights moving forward.
The Brazilian is one of the largest middleweight fighters in the UFC and would be forced to drop in weight to face St-Pierre. Although he has not competed below 185-pounds in over seven years, he once fought at 174-pounds.
“These guys want to fight each other now,” said White.
“I think that, if you’re a fighter and you’ve dominated as long as Anderson has, and been great as long as Georges has, you finally want to say, ‘I want to test this guy, I think I can beat this guy.’”
While St-Pierre vs. Silva is far from being official; the fact White is considering the match up means it has a good chance of happening.
Although the recent comments of the UFC President will stir up a lot of talk in the MMA community, St. Pierre must get by Condit before any plans move forward.Video courtesy of fueltv
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