After every astonishing performance by UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre, whether viewers are blessed with dominating jabs or Steven Segal inspired front kicks, the MMA world gets closer and closer to a superfight between the two pound for pound fighters.
Even a once reluctant Dana White seems to be bending to the will of the people these days, verbally supporting a future contest between his two biggest stars. The idea of GSP moving up to middleweight, in hopes of really challenging the man who has the most consecutive title defenses and wins in the UFC, has been all the rage for the last year or so.
Now with the big boss man starting to lick his chops at the idea of putting together a fight that could provide potentially record breaking numbers—almost guaranteed if the venue was in Brazil or Canada—is this the superfight everybody should be concentrating on?
My colleague Darren Wong correctly touched on the timing issue in his latest piece: how GSP's next fight with Jake Shields is still months away. Assuming he defeats Shields—injury free—he has said in numerous interviews that he would need at least eight months to pack on the muscle to be competitive at 185 lbs.
Anderson would still have a natural weight advantage, cutting from a heavier amount than his smaller counterpart. Walking around at 220lbs is a big reason why Anderson can compete at light-heavyweight so successfully—on top of his obvious talent.
On the other hand, St-Pierre's everyday weight is usually in the lower 190's. Packing on 30lbs of muscle could hinder other parts of his game—speed being the first element to come to mind.
This is not to say a day won't come when Silva vs. GSP happens, but there is a more intriguing superfight that needs to come to fruition beforehand. Basically, Anderson needs to pick on a titleholder his own size—one Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at 205lbs.
Shogun is just the type of ferocious striker who would be able to change up his levels from aggressive forward movements to powerful countering with ease, matching Anderson's own dominance on the feet.
Unlike Belfort's inability to pull the trigger straight out of the gate—a surprise to most of us—Shogun would have no problem repeating his performance from his rematch with Lyoto Machida, another dangerous counter-based striker.
Knowing what we know about Anderson Silva and the dismantling of Vitor Belfort, a win is never guaranteed, but locking horns with Shogun at 205lbs would be an explosive encounter and another massive all Brazilian main event for fans to salivate over.
Most importantly, this hypothetical match up would be closely contested and give one of the greatest fighters the sport has ever seen an opportunity to win a second belt—a coveted aspiration of every pound for pound competitor.
Regardless of which superfight happening first, it's also encouraging to hear the term throw around in conversation. Superfights rarely disappoint and always generate excitement. Silva turns 36 in April, so let's get the ball rolling.
Luta! Luta! Luta!
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