For years, MMA fans have wanted to see the two most dominant men in MMA square off. But recent developments have all but guaranteed that we’ll never get to see Anderson Silva throw down with Georges St. Pierre.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears – I come to bury the biggest super fight in MMA, not praise it.
At least, not very much.
As of this moment, the most anticipated fight in UFC history is once again on ice, likely forevermore. And while boxing fans have been sure for years now that they were never going to see Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, MMA fans are going to have to accept the unfortunate truth:
Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre is not going to happen. Not anytime soon, and increasingly not anytime, at all.
Interest in this fight reached a new level in the weeks leading up to UFC 154, and GSP’s highly anticipated return to the Octagon. Anderson Silva began openly campaigning for the fight for the first time ever, and even Dana White seemed on board.
Anderson would even be sitting cageside for GSP’s comeback fight. Indeed, there was every indication that if GSP successfully unified the welterweight title against Carlos Condit, we’d be getting MMA’s greatest ever superfight next.
Well GSP did just that, (mostly) dominating Carlos Condit over the course of 5 rounds to re-assert himself as the top welterweight in the game. After his hand was raised, MMA fans the world over held their breath, waiting for the announcement that Anderson Silva and GSP would throw down.
It never came.
First, the two sides couldn’t agree to a weight for their fight. Anderson’s camp suggested a catchweight; GSP’s camp insisted that because Silva was the one calling out St. Pierre, it was on him to make 170-pounds. Then we heard there was haggling over money, with St. Pierre wanting $50 million to take the fight.
Was GSP pricing himself out of this fight, or refusing to compromise on weight, because he secretly didn’t want anything to do with Anderson Silva? It makes a certain bit of sense – GSP has never expressed an interest in this fight, and as both the bigger PPV draw and the smaller man, he has plenty to lose in this one.
Still, fans hoped Dana White could make this fight happen. Recent developments have all but put that theory to bed, however.
Dana White announced at the UFC on Fox 5 press conference that Nick Diaz, not Anderson Silva (or Johny Hendricks, for that matter) would be getting the next crack at GSP. Evidently, this was at GSP’s request, which only adds credence to the notion that St. Pierre isn’t interested in dancing with “The Spider”.
What’s more, Diaz isn’t even the acknowledged #1 contender at welterweight – that’s Johny Hendricks, winner of 3 straight over top-10 competition, who understandably got a little upset over this decision. As he and angry fans began pestering Dana White to give Hendricks his due title shot, White assured them that Hendricks, too, would be getting as title shot in the future.
So that’s two men guaranteed shots at GSP’s title in the immediate future. That doesn’t exactly look promising for an Anderson Silva super fight, does it?
The sad truth is that I’m finally going to have to let this fight go. I know many fans already have, and have moved on to Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones (not going to happen, folks) or Jon Jones vs. Junior Dos Santos (now we’re talking) as “the” superfight in MMA.
But I still hung on, always believing that the two greatest fighters of their generation would eventually meet.
Now it seems we’ll never get MMA’s version of Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.