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.
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.