What’s going on in Anderson Silva’s head? Does he have it screwed on straight and is he treating his fight with Chris Weidman like it’s the most dangerous one in years? Or is he spaced out in rich dude lala land, content with his legacy to the point where he his laissez-faire attitude towards the future will spell his doom? No one knows yet, but it’s worth pointing out that while most fighters refuse to even acknowledge the possibility of a future fight, Andy is actively working to set up his wacky Roy Jones Jr thing. From earlier this week:
“From a professional point of view, my goals have already been accomplished,” Silva said. “I don’t see any greater challenges in my career. I simply seek to be a better human being every day. I try to set a good example to those around me. That’s what’s most important to me. A fight with Jon Jones, with St-Pierre or even with Weidman won’t change anything. The past has been written already.”
So the superfights wouldn’t personally mean much to him?
“I believe a fight against Roy Jones Jr. would be much better,” he said. “… I think my legacy is already complete. I already fought around the world. I think I’m the only athlete in this sport who has four belts from four different promotions. I have the Cage Rage belt. I have the PRIDE belt from when I beat Dan Henderson in a unification bout. I also have the Shooto and UFC belts.”
And now Dana White, typically the level headed one who kills all such stupid ideas, is starting to relent on this one:
“Roy Jones Jr. is coming to the fight,” White told MMAjunkie.com. “Roy and I are talking.”
But White does admit he’s unsure why Silva wants the meeting to happen.
“It makes no sense to me. It makes no sense to me,” he said. “I don’t know why (Silva wants it). It’s like these guys, when they grew up, they had their heroes or whatever their deal is, it’s something they want to do or accomplish. This is something Anderson wants to do.”
What cruel universe do we live in where a Roy Jones Jr vs Anderson Silva fight is more likely than a Spider vs GSP or Jon Jones fight? This one, apparently. After a year or two of generally insulating Georges St Pierre from the press when it came to why a superfight never came together, Dana White is now admitting that yeah, Georges don’t want none of it:
“There’s no doubt about it — that’s a fact (that St-Pierre doesn’t want the fight),” White told MMAjunkie.com on Thursday following the pre-event news conference for UFC 162. “If that was the case, he’d say, ‘(Expletive) Weidman. I’ll take that fight. I really think Weidman’s going to beat him, but I don’t want Weidman to beat him. I want to be the guy to beat him.’ ”
“I’ve been working hard to try to make those fights,” White said. “Georges St-Pierre would not even think about this fight because Anderson Silva’s going to (lose), according to Georges St-Pierre.”
“At the end of the day, he weighs 170 pounds,” White said. “Any guy who’s going to fight up in weight — ‘I’m the man here at 170. If I thought I was the man at 185, I’d be at 185.’ I get it. But it’s a fight a lot of fans want to see, it’s a big fight. It’s a legacy fight, and it’s a fight for the pound-for-pound best in the world.
“Georges St-Pierre could do this catch-weight fight and he could still be the champ at 170. But what’s crazy to me is, GSP opted to take a very dangerous fight (against Hendricks) at 170 without trying to take a dangerous fight at 185.”
The anarchist in me almost wants Anderson to lose to Weidman and Georges to lose to Hendricks, just so they can spend the next six months thinking about all the money that just evaporated into nothingness. And then I think about our sport, which is doing pretty fucking well considering all the injuries and steroids and other bullshit, and the heights it could reach if some pampered rich athletes stopped being bitches and actually fought. And I hope they both win and come to their senses and make the REAL superfights – not this Roy Jones Jr crap – happen. Because 10 years from now mixed martial arts could be back down in the gutter and sports historians could point to this period where the big fights just never came together as a big reason things stagnated and then fell apart.