Silva vs. Okami at UFC Rio, but Manager Still Believes GSP Super Fight Will Happen

April 14, 2011
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Anderson Silva and Georges St-PierreWhen the news broke on Wednesday that the UFC had booked Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami for UFC Rio in August, everyone wondered what happened to the potential super fight between Silva and current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

All of the roads seemed to be leading to a blockbuster match-up between the two fighters that occupy just about everyone’s slots as the No. 1 and No. 2 fighters among the pound-for-pound best in the sport.

After Silva’s first-round knockout of Vitor Belfort in February, all eyes were focused on St-Pierre’s title defense against Jake Shields on April 30 at UFC 129. Now Silva will defend his belt against Okami in August, but that doesn’t mean a Silva/GSP super fight couldn’t happen down the road.

According to Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, the Brazilian champion wanted to stay active and defend his belt, and was concerned the timeline for a St-Pierre fight may have put him on the sidelines for too long.

“I don’t think it’s anything about switching gears,” Soares answered when asked why the UFC opted to go with Silva vs. Okami instead of Silva vs. GSP. “Whether GSP wins or loses or whatever happens to GSP, the show must go on. There’s what seven champions? They’ve got to stay busy. That’s the first thing.

“The second thing is GSP has mentioned that he’s going to have to put weight on. So even if he fought the end of April, it’s not like he’s going to be able to fight in at least six months, seven months; he’s going to have to put weight on.”

Understanding that Silva’s end goal for his career is to retire as an undefeated UFC fighter, with more title defenses than anyone could possibly catch up to, a bout with St-Pierre still fits the bill as one of the biggest fights ever.

St-Pierre has waffled a bit as far as his desire to go up to 185 pounds, the Canadian doesn’t even want to entertain the idea until he faces Jake Shields at UFC 129.

For now, he won’t have to field as many questions about facing Anderson Silva, but that doesn’t mean the fight won’t happen down the road.

“I think that’s still a potential,” Soares told MMAWeekly Radio about the super fight. “That’s still a huge potential.”

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  • G Logan

    Why is Silva vs GSP even discussed anymore as a superfight? The superfight to talk about now should be Silva vs Jon Bones Jones!!!

    • MrAdidas

      LOGAN: I agree, if GSP wasnt so much smaller than Silva I would be all for the 2 of them to fight, but Silva only wants to fight smaller & “shorter” fighters b/c hes too much of a pussy to fight people his own size. Silva is ALWAYS the bigger, stronger fighter, who always has the reach advantage, so right there Silva has the clear advantage before any fight, especially @ MW. thats the main reason Silva wants nothign to do with fighting @ LHW, especially Jon Jones, b/c Silva knows he’d get EMBARESSED by a 23 yr old kid, with 3 yrs of MMA experience.

      I wish GSP was a lil bit bigger/taller/longer reach. People seem to forget that GSP is a “small” WW, the only 2 fighters that GSP was bigger than were BJ & Serra, other than that GSP has always been the smallest of the 2 fighters. Koscheck, Hardy, Fitxh & Alves all bigger than GSP. GSP looks bigger b/c of his physique.

      Y dont people start giving Silva crap 4 not wanting to fight @ LHW, where he will fight people his own size. @ least GSP wants to move up to MW & will eventually, eventhough GSP will be at an even bigger disadvantage before he steps into the Octagon @ MW.

      Silva needs to quit being a pussy & start fighting in the WORST division (MW) & the best division (LHW), rather than just the weakest (MW), with no real threat/test in sight. How many MW fighters are talked about as possible P4P fighters besides Silva?!? My point exactly!!!

      • G Logan

        @Adidas, I’m not as much an Anderson Silva basher as you are. I do like him (most of the time). He has stepped up to LHW a couple of times and literally laid wast to James Irvin and Forrest Griffin. He’s where he should be (MW). It’s just unfortunate that noone there has been able to offer a challenge for him, however, I think that a fight with Mark Munoz and a rematch with Nate Marquadt would be interesting. On the bashing side, I don’t like his antics sometimes, especially when he dances around for two rounds waiting for a counterpunching opportunity. I also do believe that he was scared to death to go to the ground with Demain Maia because he would have likely been subbed (IMHO).

        As for the subject of a superfight with GSP, I think that we both know that all, including the UFC, are just in it for the spectacle and the cashflow. They’re both great champions in their respective weight classes, but because of the weight and size difference, that fight would prove nothing in the pound-for-pound title discussion. That point was proved when GSP and BJ fought. Let AS and GSP both stay where they’re at.

        That being said, I have to admit that I’d definitely be glued to the TV if that fight were to happen. My opinion…A.S. by TKO.

  • Frye557

    Logan: Well said, I agree with you completely.

  • SethBSU

    Anderson Silva fighting guys smaller than him? Who? Leben or Cote?

    Are we talking about his length/reach? Because GSP is longer than almost all of the people he’s fought.

    Plus if reach made that big of a difference Brandon Vera and Cole Miller would be running through everyone.

    Or do you think back when he was in Shooto he was 185lbs fighting 167ers?

    GSP has fought a lot more people noticeably larger than him? Hughes, Trigg, Penn, Sherk and Sera seem to go against that idea. Also, KOS, Fitch and Alves are all just about GSP’s size give or take an inch, but not in reach.

    Don’t even get me started on the UCC, Bruckmann and Menjivar were so much smaller than GSP and there were a couple suspect stops in the Menjivar and Galbraith fights.

    The only person you can really say has been larger than GSP would probably be Mayhem.

    Lastly, I would love to see the fight, because GSP has the right style to make Silva crumble, but who knows if it’ll ever happen.

  • barchiva86

    If the ufc and the fans (me included) REALLY wants to see the jones/silva fight happen, knowing that silva does not want to fight at 205 anymore, why dont they meet t a catch weight or jones come down to 185 for this one fight? Im sure that jon jones would be thrilled at the opportunity to fight anderson. Jones doesnt seem like he’s scared.

    But jones has to defend his title couple times before that happens. And im a huge anderson and jones fan.