UFC star Georges St. Pierre still has yet to step into the Octagon after more than 18 months of inactivity, but Dana White already has summer plans for the returning champion.
During an interview on ESPN's Sportscenter, the UFC president set a May 2013 timetable for a widely-discussed superfight between Anderson Silva and GSP. If the match comes together, that fight card will be expected to host a record-breaking crowd in a stadium-size venue.
For his part, Silva has said that he has no plans to challenge St. Pierre at UFC 154 although he'll be in the audience watching.
White claims otherwise, telling ESPN that the fight will probably happen next summer if "Rush" pulls out a win this weekend (transcription via MMA Weekly):
"(Silva) always comes out and says this stuff. I don't know why he does it or why he says the things he says," White remarked. "I guarantee you, he will be there Saturday. If Georges St-Pierre wins, those two will fight and it'll probably be in May."
"Anderson Silva will be there this Saturday watching, and if (St-Pierre) wins, it'll be a huge fight for us," White commented. "It'll probably be the biggest fight in UFC history; definitely be the biggest gate. We've had big gates pretty much everywhere we've gone, but this one would be either a soccer stadium down in Brazil, Dallas Texas Stadium, or we'd do Toronto again."
However, interim UFC champion Carlos Condit could still put the brakes on a Silva vs. GSP superfight if the "Killer" can defeat "Rush" this Saturday.
Condit has remarked on being overlooked in the lead-up to the fight, but has notably drawn criticism for choosing not to defend his belt until St. Pierre was healthy. Condit won a controversial decision last February against former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz, winning the interim title at UFC 143.