Anderson Silva wants to fight Georges St-Pierre.
That headline-grabbing sentence is exactly what MMA fans have been wishing for each day for the last three years, and it appears we're closer than ever to having our dream come true. The comments to emerge from Silva's camp on July 27 should have us all smiling from ear to ear as if it was Christmas morning.
Christmas in July? Absolutely. What Silva's manager Jorge Guimaraes told Tatame magazine was even better than the prettiest, shiniest holiday gift you can ever imagine.
Silva's Camp Calls The Rest Of The Middleweights "Amateur"
"Anderson has the biggest paycheck in the UFC, and you can't promote an event with these amateur kids that are coming up now," Guimaraes said. ""No opponent makes sense for Anderson at this moment… unless we do a catchweight against Georges St-Pierre. They didn't offer the fight, but he's the only one that could do a super fight."
Guimaraes basically called 33-year-old Michael Bisping, a veteran of 26 cage fights, and 28-year-old Alan Belcher, a 24 fight veteran, a bunch of amateurs.
While his wording was a bit harsh, I would agree that Silva is a step up in competition from the rest of the middleweight pack. Furthermore, this is an entertainment business and the UFC needs to put on fights that the fans want to see.
After the over-hyped "Silva-Sonnen II" event, anything besides a fight between Silva and Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre would just be a letdown.
If Silva is to fight St-Pierre, it would likely happen at the Super Bowl show in 2013, which is historically one of the biggest cards of the year.
St-Pierre is expected to fight Carlos Condit in November at UFC 154, so you'd have to assume he'll need at least a couple months following that fight to prepare for Silva.
Belcher is already locked in to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 153, and with Michael Bisping fighting Brian Stann at UFC 152, Silva could just take a wait and see approach.
As for the rest of the middleweight ranks, Chris Weidman looks like a beast, but he may need a couple more fights under his belt to build up his name and prove he's a legit challenger to Silva. Tim Boetsch put himself in good position with a win over Hector Lombard at UFC 149, but that also is a fight that fans aren't extremely excited about.
2013 Super Bowl Show?
The best bet for Silva may be to just keep training and not step into the octagon until Feb. of 2013, which would keep his undefeated streak in tact and set him up for battle with St-Pierre.
These guys aren't getting any younger and the window for this opportunity is rapidly closing. St-Pierre will be 31 years old and Silva will be 37 in Feb. of 2013, so they aren't exactly spring chickens anymore. It would be a shame if this fight never happens.
Will the superfight between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre ever happen? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong UFC fan and supporter of the sport of MMA. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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