A superfight between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre isn’t going to happen anytime soon, according to UFC president Dana White.
“Georges St-Pierre would not even think about this fight because Anderson Silva isn’t going to win (against Chris Weidman), according to Georges St-Pierre,” White said during the UFC 162 pre-fight press conference Thursday.
It’s not only GSP that thinks Weidman will beat Silva. Chael Sonnen, who last fought Silva at UFC 148, said, “I think Anderson is an excellent fighter, an awesome fighter, but he’s just not winning this fight.”
Frank Mir wouldn’t say that Silva would lose the match, but did say that Weidman would pose a challenge for the champion, who hasn’t lost a fight since 2006.
“I can’t predict against Anderson Silva. The guy has done nothing but win and win convincingly … But I think Weidman is actually a very dangerous prospect for him,” Mir said. “And not that I’m betting on Chris, but it’s pretty equal.”
White added that it was a “fact” that GSP had no desire to fight the Spider. He also said he didn’t hold it against him, because it would require him moving up a weight class.
“At the end of the day he weighs 170 pounds. He’s a 170-pounder. If he weighed 185 pounds and felt that way I’d be real p****d,” said White. “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 that a lot of fans want to see. It’s a big fight. It’s a legacy fight. It’s a fight for the pound-for-pound best in the world.”
White added, “What’s crazy to me is GSP opted to take a very dangerous fight at 170 without trying to take a dangerous fight at 185.”
Georges St-Pierre will face Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on November 16.
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