UFC 129: Nate Marquardt Thinks GSP Is Definitely Considering Fight Against Silva

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IApril 22, 2011

Again things heat up more in the Anderson Silva/Georges St-Pierre mega-fight everyone wants to see.

Nate Marquardt's move down to welterweight opened the door for a number of theories. Marquardt is a friend of GSP's and won't fight him, unlike Rashad Evans and Jon Jones. It's two different circumstances.

So Marquardt's move down to welterweight has made believers out of a lot of people that this signals GSP's move up to middleweight to fight the kingpin himself, Silva.

Marquardt has told ESPN that it was actually GSP who was the brains behind his switch from middleweight to welterweight.

"Actually, he brought it up to me," Marquardt said. "He asked me what I was walking around at and said, 'Wow. You should drop to 170.'

"I was like, 'I don't know. You're the champion there. I want to be a champion.' He told me not to worry about it, that if that's what is best for me I have to do it. I didn't even think about it until he said it. Once I went back to my own camp, it made sense to me."

He was then asked how he felt about possibly fighting the likes of GSP for the UFC's welterweight belt.

"Honestly, I'm not thinking about it and if it's ever an issue I'll deal with it then."

Marquardt is now set to face Anthony Johnson at UFC Live in June, which will be his welterweight debut.

Marquardt also told ESPN his thoughts about whether or not GSP is considering fighting Silva.

"I don't know if [St-Pierre] is planning on moving up, but I definitely know he's considering fighting Anderson. I think that's a great fight and I think he has the perfect style to beat a guy like Silva."