At UFC 154 in Montreal Saturday night, Georges St-Pierre defeated Carlos Condit by unanimous decision to unify the UFC welterweight championship.
In some ways, the action of the fight was an oasis in the sprawling desert of speculation over a superfight between St-Pierre and middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Most people believe Silva is not only the best active fighter in any weight class, but the best MMA fighter of all time. St-Pierre is second or third on pretty much everyone's current pound-for-pound short list.
Cowboys Stadium has been tossed around as a potential venue (per ESPN.com) for such an event.
Just when you think the dust is about to settle on all this, a stiff breeze (or a Class 5 tornado) comes along and whips everything back up into the air. Last night, the role of the sandstorm was played by one Dana White, president of the UFC.
"It’s just the matter of sitting down and seeing what’s right for everybody," White told Bleacher Report in an interview. "I want Anderson Silva to love this fight and want it. I want Georges to love this fight and want it, because they’re both gonna make a [expletive]load of money, that’s a no-brainer. I want them to want it for the right reasons. This is more of a legacy fight. This is the pound-for-pound fight.”
In answering the onrush of post-fight questions on the topic, St-Pierre was characteristically noncommittal.
"I need to take some vacation to think about it to see where I put my career," he said (per MMAFighting.com) after his win. "I want to make the best decision for myself and the fans."
Silva, who attended the event as a spectator and to help corner his friend and countryman Rodrigo Damm, sounded a similar note.
"Georges St-Pierre? Yes...But I am not the boss," Silva said. "Dana White is the boss. I work for the UFC."
With GSP returning from a 19-month injury absence and dispatching a seriously elite fighter in Condit, the fighters seeming to keep the door open to such a possibility and the UFC's president apparently committed to making it happen, there seems to be a good chance of this fight happening—possibly by next spring or summer.
It could provide the financial and public relations shot in the arm for a sport and a promotion suffering from a serious case of growing pains.
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