It’s never a good sign when Dana White’s soundbytes take a 180 degree turn like they did with the GSP / Silva superfight. For the past three months we’ve heard that all it would take is Silva beating Belfort and St Pierre beating Shields and whammo, it’s time for a motherfucking superfight. Now every time he brings up the fight he uses the word ‘fantasy.’ Unless that term comes with hot bitch elves or a badass wizard with flowing robes and shit, me no likey.
“This fight isn’t happening,” White said. “It’s not a fight yet. It’s still a big fantasy fight. There are still things that need to happen in the meantime before we sit down and discuss where this fight would be, what weight it would be at, how it would work. It’s all just fantasy yet. I literally have not talked to Georges St-Pierre or Anderson Silva about this fight.”
But it ain’t all bad news. Check out Anderson Silva’s coach saying Silva would be willing to drop down to 178 and meet Georges in the middle:
“Anderson has proven he’s the best fighter and he handles it quite good. It’s a complicated fight to GSP… It’s a pretty bad fight for him”, Silva’s manager Jorge Guimarães to TATAME, believing that the bout could happen on a catchweight between 170 and 185lbs. “Anderson has this biotype, he loses weight easily, he can make any weight, so I believe a catchweight division would be perfect for GSP, and Anderson wouldn’t have problems with that. Who’d have a problem would be GSP, because Anderson can lose that weight easily and, at the day of the fight, he’d be on his usual weight, so I believe it’s complicated for Georges St. Pierre”, bets.
Meanwhile on the Georges front, the generally astute Michael Rome returns from blogging semi-retirement to say this is all about money:
Georges St. Pierre is currently dominating the welterweight division and making millions of dollars in the process. He will likely be able to do that for years to come. It makes absolutely no sense for him to move up in weight unless there is a massive financial reward waiting for him.
Dana White publicly stated that $5 million is the biggest purse he’s paid a fighter to date. Georges St. Pierre should make a lot more than that to move up in weight and fight a much bigger man in the biggest fight in UFC history. Would it be so outrageous for St. Pierre to ask the UFC to give him the first multi-year, guaranteed contract in UFC history in exchange for him taking such a huge risk?
After Georges St. Pierre defeats Jake Shields, the real negotiations for this fight will begin. As the parties negotiate, you’ll hear a lot of empty talk about weight issues and complications regarding St. Pierre leaving his division. The real issue will be money.
One thing is for sure: if the fight doesn’t happen (or only happens after one or both athletes fall from greatness) then MMA will have bungled it’s first mega-fight. We won’t be allowed to talk shit about Pacquaio / Mayweather because we’ll have had our own fight between our best that we botched as well.