UFC boss no longer keen on St. Pierre-Silva super-fight

MMAPlayground.com » Community » MMA News Share Forum » UFC boss no longer keen on St. Pierre-Silva super-fight
jae_1833
8/28/09 1:08:08PM
link

PORTLAND, Ore. - UFC president Dana White is rethinking matching middleweight champion Anderson Silva against welterweight title-holder Georges St. Pierre in light of Silva's recent demolition of Forrest Griffin.

"I think he's too big for Georges," White said of Silva. "Forrest Griffin is huge and at the (UFC 101) weigh-ins, when we squared them off, he was as big as Forrest at 205 (pounds). The guy is unbelievable."


Wallass
8/28/09 2:11:56PM
Dana should make this Anderson's last fight since im sure Dana doesnt want to have him leave the UFC undefeated and I know GSP would beat Anderson.
Shadymlm
8/28/09 2:27:41PM

Posted by Wallass

Dana should make this Anderson's last fight since im sure Dana doesnt want to have him leave the UFC undefeated and I know GSP would beat Anderson.



Care to explain how you know GSP would beat Anderson? This should be interesting...
941_Florida_Boy
8/28/09 2:51:20PM
I dont think Dana TRUELY ever wanted GSP vs Silva.

Both have plenty of fights against others that'd be just as if not MORE interesting.
sclasclemski
8/28/09 2:53:23PM
Wow dude...there is no way GSP gets by Anderson...The way he beat up Forrest at 205...fighting GSP would be ridiculous...He would be way stronger and have a great reach on him...I used to want to see this fight because I wanted to see GSP get an ass wooping but now I"m more interested in seeing him at LHW or even HW if that rumor is true.
slapshot
8/28/09 2:55:32PM
I agree with Dana, Silva is just too big for GSP.
xdanish020
8/28/09 2:55:37PM
Everyone talking about Forrest needs to check themselves, Forrest was an overrated fighter coming into that fight. He's good at everything, but great at nothing. GSP is a whole different type of animal and could very well beat Anderson, but I'd have to agree with Dana, most likely Anderson is too big for GSP.
Rush
8/28/09 3:47:19PM
This makes sense, but I am looking at it from a slightly different perspective.

Silva has interests in going up in weight categories, not staying at MW. A fight at MW would be the only option for a GSP vs. Silva superfight. That fight will only "ruin" one of their legacies. However, if Anderson moves up and eventually retires, followed by GSP moving up, that presents a situation where both fighters can develop similar legacies, which both can be marketed, rather than killing off one option in a single match.
sclasclemski
8/28/09 3:55:39PM
With it seeming more likely that Anderson will remain in LHW for most of ,if not all of his remaining fights (3 I think)...the idea of GSP moving up in weight permanently to MW seems pretty reasonable...especially considering he is still pretty young...after the Kampman/Swick winner who would be the next contender? The well is running as dry at welterweight for GSP as it is in MW for Anderson...unless they bring in a bunch more guys I don't see why GSP could bulk up and make the move after Anderson retires or Vacates the belt...it would certainly make for alot of interesting matchups at middleweight.
Sinister
8/28/09 5:37:10PM

Posted by 941_Florida_Boy

I dont think Dana TRUELY ever wanted GSP vs Silva.

Both have plenty of fights against others that'd be just as if not MORE interesting.



Silva maybe. Pierre pretty much has wiped out his division. If you dont count his losses to Hughes and Serra, he has beat all the past and current names.
Kampmann and Swick may be contenders but they havnt been matched against a Fitch or Alves. I think they havnt either because Fitch/ Alves would win and they dont want them getting rematches that quick.

Silva has tons of options though. LHW is stacked, Lower weight HWs, MW challengers.
Sinister
8/28/09 5:39:03PM

Posted by sclasclemski

With it seeming more likely that Anderson will remain in LHW for most of ,if not all of his remaining fights (3 I think)...the idea of GSP moving up in weight permanently to MW seems pretty reasonable...especially considering he is still pretty young...after the Kampman/Swick winner who would be the next contender? The well is running as dry at welterweight for GSP as it is in MW for Anderson...unless they bring in a bunch more guys I don't see why GSP could bulk up and make the move after Anderson retires or Vacates the belt...it would certainly make for alot of interesting matchups at middleweight.



Question for anyone. Is Pierre and Silva's reach relatively the same? I know Pierre may be shorter but he has very long arms for his body
jae_1833
8/28/09 6:24:30PM
Not sure on the reach but even if they were the same it wouldn't help much because GSP is only about 5'10" while A. Silva is 6'2" making it a 4" difference, that is enough to make GSP have to fire his punches upwards....not good.

Understand also GSP would be a small MW in general, most of them are 6' at least, but if he went the route of A. Silva it would be outstanding. Silva has the frame to be a LHW, GSP doesn't really have the frame for MW but he could do it because of his skills / talent IMO.

Plus Rush has a good point in the whole legacy thing.
Gogoplatapus
8/28/09 6:49:00PM
I don't see a point of him fighting at Middleweight anymore, unless it's Hendo. But both of them should be in LHW.
prozacnation1978
8/28/09 7:51:02PM
silva destroy's upper weight classes imagine what he would do to a lower weigth fighter
MMA-San
8/28/09 7:52:58PM
I think GSP would easily decision Anderson via Takedowns/Lay n Pray
CwB
8/28/09 8:09:11PM
wow why are so many people against this fight, these are two of the best p4p fighters and while gsp is still climbing the ranks anderson is ready for it to be over let them fight before it is too late...

I understand the size difference as a factor but if they can both make 185 whats the big deal, pride fighters would always be fighting guys in different weight classes.

I know anderson looked absolutly un beatable against forrest but the last time anderson faced a great wrestler he spent a round on his back (hendo fight) and GSP has some of the best wrestling in the game im not saying gsp will win or anything but i would bet anything that gsp will put up a better showing then griffin

I want to see the best fighter fight the best fighters.
AnDeRsonDaSiLvA
8/28/09 8:11:47PM

Posted by MMA-San

I think GSP would easily decision Anderson via Takedowns/Lay n Pray



GSP is the farthest thing from lay n pray , he is as active as you get .

Ever wonder why you have 47 % picks?

supatolacyl
8/28/09 8:13:08PM
I dn't care to see this fight ethier, but Pierre is a dog woould never count him out. I'd be more interested in seeing Anthony Johnson fight Pierre and then Silva. I think Rumble will be the next WW champ, the dude is just a freak and a big guy as well. And then a fight with Silva would be freakin insane, who cares who would win because that fight would just be so explosive and crazy. The year of the Rumble is about to start
MMA-San
8/28/09 11:34:28PM

Posted by AnDeRsonDaSiLvA


Posted by MMA-San

I think GSP would easily decision Anderson via Takedowns/Lay n Pray



GSP is the farthest thing from lay n pray , he is as active as you get .

Ever wonder why you have 47 % picks?




I didn't say he was lay in pray. I know he is not. I just said that I think he could easily defeat Anderson Silva by taking that Strategy. I think if he is too active with his ground n pound/top submission game, then he'll may be caught with a submission himself, or some bottom elbows, or in a scramble that allows Anderson back on his feet.

If I were GSP, knowing I can take him down at ease, would just Lay N Pray him. Its strategic.
Related Topics