If you're one of the folks who believed Anderson Silva last week when he said that he wasn't coming to Montreal to challenge Georges St-Pierre and that he planned on taking off the majority of 2013 for a vacation, well, I've got some oceanfront property in the middle of the Sahara that I'd love to discuss with you.
We're still a few hours away from the conclusion of tonight's main event, and St-Pierre still needs to get past Carlos Condit before we can get to any real discussion of Silva stepping in the cage with one of his fellow greatest fighters of all time. But Silva joined the assembled media for a brief chat today to discussion his reasoning for being in Montreal, especially when he's not particularly known as a man who attends fight cards on his day off.
Silva's reasoning for being in Montreal? To watch St-Pierre and Condit, and to talk to Dana White about his next fight. Which, by the way, will be St-Pierre (as long as St-Pierre beats Condit), a point that Silva made abundantly clear during our brief time with him.
Silva also made it clear that he's entered a new phase of his career, one without conflict with the UFC and Dana White. He's a UFC employee, and he's going to fight whomever the UFC puts in front of him—and yes, that even includes Jon Jones.
"Georges St-Pierre? Yes. But for me, that fight (Jones) is not real. But I am not the boss," Silva said. "Dana White is the boss. I work for the UFC."
When asked directly if he'll step in the cage tonight to challenge St-Pierre, Silva said "that's not me," but did it with that wry smile of his. You know, the same one he uses when he says things about vacationing for all of 2013 or not fighting Jones or how he'll maybe go do some boxing with Roy Jones.
In other words, don't believe a word of it until it happens.