UFC 154: Anderson Silva Wants GSP, Even If He Loses to Carlos Condit
With all the recent speculation over a possible superfight between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, fans are eagerly awaiting the winner of GSP vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 154.
However, "The Spider" does not seem particularly interested in the outcome of that fight, recently telling Sport TV he wants St-Pierre even if he loses to "The Natural Born Killer." Translation via Bloody Elbow:
"Regardless of who wins, even if St. Pierre loses, a fight with me can happen. A fight like this is above anything else. St. Pierre is one of the greatest of the UFC. Right now, a fight with Condit is meaningless."
Last month, Silva's manager, Ed Soares, said a superfight with the French-Canadian superstar was the one that made the most sense for Silva right now.
St-Pierre has fought all 24 of his professional fights at welterweight, leading to speculation that Silva may forego a catch weight in favor of dropping down to 170-pounds in hopes of making this fight happen.
Silva has competed at welterweight before, but not since the Rumble on the Rock 8 tournament in Jan. 2006.
"Rush" has recently stated that he believes middleweight contender Chris Weidman may be able to dethrone Silva, in which case a bout between him and the Brazilian wouldn't happen.
Widely considered the No. 1 and No. 2 respective pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Silva has successfully defended his title 10 times, while GSP has defended his belt seven times.
Condit is the current UFC interim title holder and the winner in 13 of his past 14 fights, but even with a win over his former Jackson's MMA teammate, an outcry for a bout between Condit and Silva would be unlikely.
Would a matchup between Silva and GSP still be intriguing even if Condit defeated St-Pierre at UFC 154 on Nov. 17?
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