Back in April dominant middleweight champion Anderson Silva stated that he would be interested in the possibility of dropping down to 170lbs to put together a much talked about ‘superfight’ with fellow pound-for-pound great and current welterweight title holder Georges St.Pierre.
“It’s not that I want to go fight Georges St. Pierre for his title. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the reigning champion, the absolute champion, in that weight category. But I just want to test myself and see how I’d do at that weight,” he said at the time.
Recently UFC president Dana White has noted several times that, while he feels the two fighters are too far apart in terms of their size, he would be willing to put on the fight if there was enough demand from fans for it.
According to White earlier this week GSP has said that he would be willing to take the fight if that’s what the promotion wanted, but it seems that Silva has now cooled on the idea.
“I don’t think a fight with GSP will ever happen. It’s not a fight I want to have and I don’t think GSP wants it either,” Silva said during an interview for Rover Radio.
Personally I don’t think it’s the end of the world if they don’t fight. To my mind it’s not as frustrating as the fact that Fedor is fighting the likes of Fabricio Werdum over in Strikeforce when there’s clearly a host of better match-ups in the UFC.
While I don’t believe the size and weight difference between Silva and GSP automatically rules out the idea of them stepping into the octagon together, I do think it hands Silva a distinct advantage. Instead I’d be just as happy if the Brazilian moved up to 205lbs where a host of exciting fights await him.