Dana White says Silva vs. GSP will be "All About Legacy"

What happened is they’re both close to cleaning out their division. If Anderson beats Vitor Belfort and St. Pierre beats Jake Shields, seriously, what’s left for them?  It’s a fun fight to do…. The fans [understand] that. No doubt about it [on the challenge of moving up in weight]. That’s what I love about this fight.

I’m all about legacy. That’s what matters more than the money. I love it if a guy will go up for a super fight like this. Anderson Silva has already moved up and fought at 205. For ‘GSP’ to do it, I think it’s big for his legacy.”

Well folks, it looks like what started out as a rumour, could soon become reality. Speaking via ESPN.com, UFC President Dana White maintained his standing that the fight is highly possible should both overcome their next opponents.

Canadian Welterweight Georges St. Pierre will headline the UFC’s first event in Toronto, in his homeland. St. Pierre will face the talented wrestler and BJJ Black belt under Cesar Gracie as the main event at UFC 129, with the winner taking home GSP’s Welterweight strap. He holds a pro record of 21-2.

Anderson Silva will face the toughest test of his UFC career to date when he fights Vitor Belfort this weekend at UFC 126. The longest reigning UFC Middleweight Champion will look to continue his run in the UFC, as he prepares to make his 8th successful consecutive title defence. Silva is undefeated inside The Octagon, winning all 12 of his UFC bouts. Overall “The Spider” is 27-4.

Speaking about the possible match up, Ed Soares, manager to Anderson Silva‘s Team Black House, added fuel to the fire, whe he voiced his fighters thoughts on the fight:

I’ll be honest, Anderson has never looked at me and said, ‘I want to fight that guy,’” Soares said. “But he’s told me, ‘I would fight that guy.’ Anderson’s goal is to fight the best in the world and be in the biggest fights. I think Georges St. Pierre fits into those categories.”

A superfight featuring both the UFC’s Middleweight and Welterweight Champion would easily be one of the biggest fights of all time. With GSP previously stating he would need “6 to 9 months” to make the weight and prepare for the fight, it seems fans might have to wait until the end of 2011 – start of 2012 before we finally see these two lock horns.


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59 Comments

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    insane

    February 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    This could be the best thing i have ever heard Dana say!

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      Chocolat

      February 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      The difference between Silva and St. Pierre is that when Silva moved up, no one was calling for him to fight for the title. St. Pierre moves up and he automatically has to fight for the title why?

      And why since Machida lost the title has no one been calling for Silva to fight Rua? Who else besides Rashad is immediate on tap for the next LHW title fight? I think Silva should move up after this fight and fight for that title.

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    UnderdogGreatness

    February 2, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I really hope that fight happens.

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    dattebayou

    February 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    this fight is going to be legen… wait for it!

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    TheRealDeal

    February 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    IF they both win their next fights……

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    Stiks

    February 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Due to this new development, I hope AS KO’s Vitor.

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    friendlyfoe

    February 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Its inevitable and when the dust settles after the win the whole Internet will explode because the forums like this and we will be without keyboard warriors/trolls for while.

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    diamond-mma2

    February 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    he said this on the fight for the troops QA…this is going to be the first time i go for GSP winning lol just so i see this dam fight happen

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    codemaster

    February 2, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I think you meant UFC 129 – they changed the number for GSP vs Shields.

    I don’t think GSP is that anxious to fight AS, and much of the pressure is from fans, and now Dana.

    The pressure is on GSP to move up a weight-class, and to fight for a title in his first MW bout. There is no pressure on AS, as he will have home-court advantage, as well as size and reach advantage. You don’t see AS challenging Shogun or John Bones Jones–he doesn’t seem that anxious for those fights. You also don’t hear fans demand Silva should drop down a weight class, even though he once fought at 170.

    GSP can bulk up which may slow him down, but also might give his punches more power with the additional mass. I would argue the step up to MW is greater for GSP than AS’s brief sojourn in the LHW division. When AS moves up to LHW, he gives up nothing in size or reach–in fact, he looked bigger than Forrest Griffin (a big LHW) in their match.

    The fan pressure is GSP’s and AS’s fault for being so dominant in their weight classes.

    Like all fans, I am curious to see what happens when two P4P bests meet in the octagon.

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    MAMBA24ILL

    February 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    This looks so good on paper especially how high both fighters are ranked but Anderson would tool GSP. GSP has a lot to lose since he says he’ll vacate the WW belt to move up for this fight. After he loses, what’s he gonna do?

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    Daniel Cassidy

    February 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    yeah thanks man!

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    IGMBurninPiff

    February 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    as much as this fight is talked about and sounds so great when you hear it I’m iffy on the matter. I’d rather see Silva Vs Shogun anyday. GSP will undoubtedly shoot and hold Silva down for 25 minutes doing no real damage and most like attempt no submissions for fear of losing top position. this fight won’t be what anyone thinks of when they hear GSP vs Anderson Silva. it will look EXACTLY like GSP’s last few fights as we’ve seen Silva’s takedown defense is not great.

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      codemaster

      February 2, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      I agree that GSP will emphasize his ground game (why not?), but his stand-up is good enough to make Silva wary, and not just look for a takedown.

      I don’t agree, I think GSP would do more damage with GnP than Sonnen did–just my opinion. I also think there is a wild-card with GSP’s weight gain. Increased muscle mass usually equals increased punching power, so GSP’s punches at MW won’t necessarily be the same as at WW. I also don’t believe GSP will be submitted by Silva. Sonnen’s weakness is his BJJ, and his record of being submitted proves it. Finally, if the fight goes into late rounds, GSPs conditioning will make a big difference imo.

      That said, I would love to see Shogun vs. AS or Bones Jones vs AS.

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    overhand right

    February 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    anderson gets taken down by high level wrestlers and once that happens his only way of winning is to submit them. this has worked in the past against hendo and sonnen but gsp is a bjj blackbelt with superb control who leaves no openings or holes for the man on the bottom to exploit. i think a fight between gsp and silva would be total domination on gsp’s part.

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    kinosis79

    February 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Don’t kid yourselves, if they fight, Anderson is going to kill GSP. GSP is afraid to stand up with the crappy strikers in his weight class, there is no way he is going to want to stand with Anderson. And on the ground Anderson will be hitting him with elbows, and throwing up triangles (if GSP can even get him down). Anderson is also going to look like a giant next to GSP.

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    Bryan Fontez

    February 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    He’s already assuming they’ll both win.

    There’s a good chance Silva can lose against Vitor or Shields gets GSP to the ground and submits him and then Dana’s screwed and his precious plan goes to sh!t.

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      FinishIt

      February 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      u notice that word “if” that he says a few times???? i think that means hes awar theres a chance theyll lose, and i like how u not only said sheilds may win, but also said by submission. Id just like to go on the record and say that while that may happen, id be more willing to bet on Vitor beating Silva, than Sheilds beating GSP. Especially since the last fight we seen sheilds win in “domonating fashion” was agains hendo and he didnt do shit for damage on the ground. Hendo has a totally different wrestling style than GSP and i dont rly think Sheilds is gonna be able to handle him. Plus dont be haten on this super fight happening. If it happens its going to be amazing to watch.

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      doberman

      February 3, 2011 at 12:40 am

      I see Vitor koing AS waaay before Shields getting GSP down. I’m pulling for Vitor and GSP, but if AS wins then great… we have a superfight. If Shields wins then everything is F’d

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    Warheadchief

    February 2, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Yeah, so you assume GSP is scared to stand up with strikers because…he’s simply afraid? You are a ****ing idiot. GSP can out strike anyone. The reason why belts get bounced around so much is because idiots don’t know how to stick to game plans and fight smart. When you face a tank, you don’t face it head on, shot for shot. You move around it, tactically engage it and overwhelm it. Same goes for fighting. Meat heads stand and bang like idiots. Standing and banging is a sure way of losing your belt.

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    Warheadchief

    February 2, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    With that said, I do believe GSP would be more dominant without his belt. No pressure. Just him and the guy at the opposite end of the cage. The GSP of old would come back stronger and harder and actually FINISH because if he loses, well he just loses and doesn’t lose a belt.

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      overhand right

      February 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      at the same time, he’s cementing himself as one of the greatest of all time by winning so decisively against such tough opponents. i’d rather see his legend continue to grow then have him get ko’d by trying to be a crowd pleaser. he does what he does and he does it better than anyone else.

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    kinosis79

    February 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    “You are a ****ing idiot. GSP can out strike anyone.” No he can’t.

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      Warheadchief

      February 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      What are you basing your belief on? Penn, Fitch, Hardy, Alves, Koscheck – all top strikers and they barely touched GSP. Sure he took them down, but he landed more strikes than any of them which in my book, makes you a better striker if you can hit someone and they can’t hit you.

      Dana hyped up Hardy to be the best striker GSP has faced. Look at the strikes landed on that fight. GSP wins. Same with Alves. What GSP does to you is make you question your ability as a fighter. He shows you your weakness and then later tells you that this loss will make you a better fighter. Seriously, what fighter has that attitude and sportsmanship?

      All hail the to the king Baby. GSP is a class act and he’s here to stay.

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    MAMBA24ILL

    February 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Anderson’s faced better wrestlers (IMO) than GSP and prevailed. GSP hasn’t faced as good a striker or someone as dangerous on the ground (Penn?) as Anderson is. Silva is lethal on the ground, lets not forget just cause we all view his as a elite striker.

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      kinosis79

      February 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      I think people are forgetting that 1. GSP hasn’t even fought anyone who is dangerous off their back, Penn is a top game guy. and 2. Anderson is going to be HUGE next to GSP. GSP won’t just have his way with Anderson, he is fighting blown up light weights this time.

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    dudenicecock

    February 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    my nipples are getting hard at the thought of this fight

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    KeithFarrell

    February 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    ARE YOU ****ING MAD. anderson silva is my second favourite fighter so dont think im a hater but you questioned if GSP could take Silva down…. Chael Sonnen could take him down at will and everybody knows GSP is top 3 if not no1 wrestler in MMA. You also mention throwing up triangles against GSP, I only saw 1 maybe 2 in the Sonnen fight and the thing is Sonnen’s main weakness is submission defense. I think it would be the biggest fight of all time but “don’t kid yourself” Anderson Silva is maybe the best MMA fighter in the world but noone can walk through GSP especially with Silva’s style

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      UnderdogGreatness

      February 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      I agree with some of your points, but what makes you think that GSP will even be able to take Anderson Silva down?
      Did you watch the fight between GSP and KOS? GSP couldn’t take Kos? I didn’t see that many takedowns, did you?

      Isn’t that every fighters job to train hard and get better at the things they’re not good at? So If you think that A.S’s takedown D is that weak, don’t you think he is working on it as we speak?

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    Ninja

    February 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I dont how they are going to get this match set up without f’ing someone over like Okami…he’s already been promised the next title shot at MW and also if Fitch beats Penn I think he has to get a title shot so he’s going to get f’d to

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    overhand right

    February 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    as i said, none of those wrestlers have had a good submission game or at least not one on par with gsp’s. and that would be the difference were silva and gsp to fight.

    silva has great striking but gsp has faced great strikers like penn and alves in the past and his wreslting always prevails. if sonnen could nearly do it then i don’t see how gsp can’t.

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      UnderdogGreatness

      February 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm

      Do you honestly think that GSP can take A.S down at will if they ever fight? Sure.
      How can you compare what Hendo, Chael Sonnen did to A.S to something GSP has never experienced before…Yes, I said it. GSP has never fought anyone of Anderson Silva’s caliber nor as big as him. Hendo is a LHW fighter who also fights in the MW division, Chael Sonnen is a world class wrestler with a huge body frame, and who definitely was on roid when he fought A.S while on the other hand, GSP only fights in the WW division. I understand that some of us may think that GSP is a combination of Superman + The Incredible Hulk + Wolverine, however I only see him as a great fighter whom can be beaten. He is one of the smartest people out there, but we’ve never seen him moved up to another weight class and let’s not forget who he would be fighting if he ever had to move up, Anderson S.

      I really can’t wait for that fight to happen because that’s the ONLY way we will know who beat who even though I still think That A.S has a huge edge IMO.

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      kinosis79

      February 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      GSP hasn’t even fought anyone who is good off their back to know that. Even Penn is a top game guy. GSPs submission game isn’t that great, he couldn’t even submit Hardy and that guy is a can (I don’t care if people say he was top 10, he wasn’t, his best win is a split decision over Gono).

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    Warheadchief

    February 2, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Oh definitely. I always said that GSP hasn’t finished anyone lately decisively because he has faced some tough dudes who WANT his belt, so quit just isn’t in them. When you face GSP, basically you are fighting to attain your dream so you aren’t going to give up that quickly. A win is a win and if GSP can expose his opponents and make them look silly and basically show everyone in his division how to beat that particular fighter, than awesome, more power to him!

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    WingChun

    February 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    He’s cleaned out his division if he beats Jake Shields? I don’t think so. There are a lot of people in his division, good or great fighters, that he has not matched up against; Condit, Kampmann, Sanchez etc. …the winner of Penn / Fitch. There are more than a few good fights for The Champ in his own division. To say he has cleaned it out, is an overly zealous use of a catch phrase.

    Putting on weight – with the predicted (better part of a) year being allotted for GSP to gain the weight properly…what is the rest of the division to do? This is same ####ing problem we have with TUF all over again; a Champ being sidelined out of his division, not defending his title, all because of “one” special event. And what a great disappointment it will be if he get KO’d…bang…in a one or two minute fight. Or it’s a five round snooze fest. The point is – it could be a whole lot about nothing and at great expense, to the 170 division. Question – does Anderson get to fight, while GSP gets ready for 9 months or is he sidelined and the 185 division comatose, as well?

    GSP has always stated – that if he moved up he would stay up. I just think that’s a bad idea, if for no other reason than business; and it is a business. He is King and Glory @ 170, even if he can beat AS and he can (not saying he will, not saying he won’t) what’s the point? If he can beat Anderson, it will be because he is a better wrestler and can ground him out or sub him. It will be his ability to exploit Anderson’s wrestling weakness, that will allow for the victory. However, that is a single fight in a big division and there are some monsters in that division, that GSP will not beat. So, if he’s going up to stay up I’d have to ask, why be a medium sized fish in a big pond, when you can run the smaller pond; as Anderson himself, does. You don’t see anyone clamoring for AS to move up to 205 and take on some of those beasts. No. He’s moved up and taken on and out, easy “selective” wins; not title shots. Neither of his 205 fights were anything to The Spider;’ they were a joke and a lock. GSP moving up to fight AS, is no joke and no lock.

    If I were his business manager – my advice would be to say thank you, but no thank you…@ this time. Ask again in another 18 – 24 months and you’ll get a – yes. If this is about GSP’s legacy and it’s “all” about the legacy for GSP, then don’t mess with it. That would be the smart move, right now. Add some more scalps, work on his stand-up and “finishing” skills and prepare for (probably) the best P4P stand-up fighter in the world.

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    Conan

    February 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    To be honest, I am not so excited to see GSP vs AS. As much as I like both fighters, I just don’t see benefit for both of them. There is a big gap in size and reach, AS would just keep the distance. GSP’s last 3 fights ended with the decisions, so he is not going for a kill, he is going to place safe, otherwise, he could have finished his last three fights with a submission or TKO. In this fight, he will place safe and AS would keep the distance. It will be boring. At it was said before, GSP is not excited to fight AS, I don’t see it. AS is not excited either because it does not bring him any benefit or fame in case he wins, but brings too much sadness in case he looses.
    If there is nobody to fight anymore for both fighter, would rather see AS vs Rampage vs Rashad vs Jon Jones vs Bader and after than Shogun.
    GSP could face Demian Maya, Vitor Belfort etc in MW division before facing AS. I just think that AS is too much for him and he knows that.

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    kinosis79

    February 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    None of those guys are top strikers lol. Just because dana says they are doesn’t mean they are. Kos doesn’t even know how to block/bob a jab/inside low kick for 25 minutes and you can going to tell me he is a top striker? lol

    Penn and Alves are the only guys in the group that have good striking and GSP took them down to tire them out. Penn also tore GSP up the first time when he tried to stand with him. Anderson is a WAY better and bigger striker than Penn or Alves. I’m not even a fan of Anderson or GSP, I couldn’t care less who wins, just this one seems pretty obvious to me. GSPs only chance is to LnP for 25 minutes and I don’t see that happening to a guy that is going to look like a grown man fighting his kid brother when they are next to each other.

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    Warheadchief

    February 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I thought we were talking about pure striking here. The argument was: GSP can out strike anyone and you refuting that statement. The stats are there. GSP out struck all his opponents since he was champ.

    And the first fight between GSP and Penn, Penn only landed 17 more head strikes than GSP. The rest, GSP was winning in strikes. Their second fight…well, we all know how that went. The difference in strikes was huge.

    To say Silva would out strike GSP is retarded at this point. You can’t say shit until the fight happens and neither can I.

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    Warheadchief

    February 2, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    But actually, you know what? If all else fails, GSP can throw a flying heel hook and win.

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    MD777

    February 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Honestly is the best policy and I personal think the ideal you called legacy is so dumb.LMAO! Rumor has said Anderson Silva asked for GSP and just think of why ?

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    DesiredUsername

    February 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    That would be an amazing fight and very tough to call. Who really has the best wrestling in MMA?

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    Spyridon

    February 3, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Exactly. Damn drama queens analyzing Danas every words these days…

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    Rigo

    February 3, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Silva should move up instead of fighting the much smaller GSP
    Dana said that Silva already move up and fight at 205 but its not really moving up on a weight class it was just cutting less weight since he is 220 normal weight.

    Besides he didnt fight any top 5 fighter while GSP would be fighting for the title right away, GSP still has some fights at WW .
    the MW is weak if he can beat Belfort he should move to 205 and fight guys like Rashad ,Rampage, Jones , Bader and if he earns it Shogun. after all he is not a small LHW and the fights would be awesome.

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    Rafael_Roberto

    February 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Well fight Anderson has to still face Vitor, and if he beats Vitor then he will face Okami and if he beats Okami then he cleared out the division

    GSP still has to face Shields, and you never know if Shields will pull off a upset. If he beats Shields he will after fight Penn or Fitch .

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    juryson

    February 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

    nut huggers will become crabs, jumping from one set of nuts to the other.

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    Rafael_Roberto

    February 3, 2011 at 2:28 am

    GSP with the greasing and Sonnen with the steroids…. just kidding

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    filthysanta

    February 3, 2011 at 4:00 am

    i think people forget that AS is 36, hes not gonna make a run at the 205 belt he went up and had success at 205 but hes 36 ****ing years old hes already talked about retirement hell go out as champ at 185

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    Knight_vision

    February 3, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Got to aggree why was hardy given the title shot? I think Hardy will loss again and get cut. Plus AS stand is way more fluid and varied than penns. He will be the best striker GSP has fought by miles

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    Knight_vision

    February 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Hardy hasn’t beat any1, Fitch is ground and pound, Koscheck only has that left hook. The only two top strikers he has faced is penn and alves which he has a big advantage wrestling thats why he takes them down GSP is smart fight to ur strenght

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    Six

    February 3, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Dana could probably up the PPV price to $80.00 for this one and still rake in the cash.

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    newportsb

    February 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Has anyone thought about what if they fought to a draw?

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    Col23

    February 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    GSP will murder Silva

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    DesiredUsername

    February 4, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I think GSP will decide the timing of his move up based on who wins between Penn and Fitch.
    If Penn wins (most likely) he’ll probably move up right away…because it’s a no-win situation to fight Penn as far as his legacy is concerned. Plus BJ has the potential to finish in many different ways.
    If Fitch wins, he’ll probably stay and fight him for the second time as it is a safe fight for him….Fitch isn’t gonna submit him, definitely ain’t knocking GSP out nor is he likely to out-wrestle GSP for 5 rounds.

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    random_mma

    February 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

    dana is hyping up this superfight in anticipation of the possibility of a
    fedor – reem 2nd round of the SF tournament
    (which many would consider a superfight as well).
    if dana didn’t have this in the pipeline, what would he be hyping up after the silva-belfort match? grindfest 2011 starring GSP and Shields?

    In the end, we the fans win this.
    We get to (possibly) see two super fights in the next 18 months.
    Kudos to Coker for making noise with SF HW Tournament.

    Btw,silva will definitely win this Saturday. : )

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    azzkika

    February 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I don’t know why the pressure is on GSP to move up a division. After all he will be giving up alot in size advantage at MW. He may be a good sized WW but at MW he will have massive reach disadvantage particularly against Silva. I do recall a while back Silva saying he would go down to WW to fight GSP but that was all hot air. GSP should not be foolish and just agree straight off the bat to fight Silva at MW (even though he will still probably win), he should demand a catchweight fight in order to minimise the massive size disadvantage he will face. Silva is bigger than most LHWs and GSP is smaller than most MWs.

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    Rnev75

    February 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I agree. I would also like to see GSP fight someone else at that weight first to test the waters with a larger opponent before facing Silva.

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