Just thinking about this fight gets my juices flowing.
Anderson Silva is the greatest of all-time, and at 37 years old, he's much closer to the end of his career than any of us would care to admit.
Silva was telling people before he dispatched of Stephan Bonnar that he wanted to fight GSP next (h/t ESPN):
I love martial arts and the UFC. I love combat sports. I love training. I have two or three fights left in my career and after Saturday, my focus will be Georges St-Pierre. But that is for Sunday. Now my focus is only Bonnar and bringing a great show to the fans on Saturday night.
He reiterated his stance after the fight as well: "I think it'd be a great challenge for me. I prefer him (GSP) over Jon Jones. He’s smaller. It'll be a little bit easier. I’ll be hit less." (h/t MMAFighting)
I will fly down here, I'll lock myself in a room with Jorge [Guimaraes], Ed Soares and him, and I’ll make this fight.
I know this: the Georges St-Pierre fight is a big fight. I think the Jon Jones fight is a big fight. I know my man says, 'No, no, no,' but the amount of money that would be offered for that fight, I guarantee you I will make Anderson Silva say, 'Yes, yes, yes.'
A Jones/Silva bout would be epic, but considering the age discrepancy—Jones is 25 years old, while Silva is 37—it's not unreasonable to say that Jones might have the edge.
Of course, for any fight against GSP to take place, the veteran needs to get past Carlos "The Natural-Born Killer" Condit at UFC 154, being held in Montreal on November 17.
I, for one, don't see him losing that bout, especially in front of a Bell Center full of St-Pierre supporters.
A superior striker (Silva) against a better grappler (St-Pierre), with both fighters pretty much even when it comes to submission moves?
I'd buy that.
Sure, both fighters are older and past their prime, but that's what makes this such a phenomenal bout.
Two legendary fighters, two all-time greats, nose-to-nose, in the Octagon.
It'd be a super-fight in more ways than one.
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