One half of what could potentially be the biggest and most anticipated fight in mixed martial arts history came together on Saturday night when Anderson Silva knocked out Vitor Belfort to close UFC 126.
The 2nd half of the equation is Georges St-Pierre and he’s got a tough test ahead of him with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields standing in his way at UFC 129 in April.
If St-Pierre is successful however, UFC President Dana White believes it’s time to finally stop talking about it and have the two best fighters in the world square off in the Octagon.
“I think that’s the fight we’ll do. If Georges St-Pierre wins his next fight, that will probably be the fight we do,” White said about Silva vs. St-Pierre.
White has shied away from putting the fight together in the past because he believed that both Silva and St-Pierre had work to do in their respective divisions, but he says now that if the Canadian can dispatch Jake Shields, both will have accomplished that goal.
If Silva and St-Pierre do meet, will likely be one of the rarest of occasions when two champions, in the peak of their careers meet to truly determine who is the best fighter on the planet.
“It’s like a pound-for-pound fight. Who’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. It’s a big legacy fight as far as I’m concerned,” White said after the UFC 126 press conference.
While professional boxing has been unable to put together a fight between their two biggest stars in Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, MMA fans may be one fight away from seeing the two best fighters in the sport’s history from meeting in the Octagon.
Of course Jake Shields will have something to say about that on April 30.