When you are Anderson Silva, you get to make a lot of decisions about who you are fighting and your plans for the future. It’s what you get when you earn the moniker of the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet and the most dominant MMA champion in the history of the sport. As such, it seems the Silva camp is really pushing for the super-fight with Georges St-Pierre with the Brazilian’s manager recently taking to the airwaves to make his fighter’s case.
“GSP is the greatest welterweight of all time,” Soares explained to Inside MMA. “People argue back and forth who the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world is. Some people say it’s Anderson, some people say it’s Georges St-Pierre. I think the way to settle it is to do a catch weight at 177.5, right down the middle, and see what happens.”
UFC President Dana White has recently warmed up to the idea of the bout between greats as the outcry from fans has been snowballing over the past few years. In an interview on Fuel TV in September White said, “If GSP gets through Condit that could be the next fight. I think when you get a point in your career as these guys have..you want to test yourself. You say to yourself I could beat that guy.”
Of course, GSP has interim champion Carlos Condit in front of him before he can even consider signing for the bout, but the spotlight on such a scrap would have to be enticing. Even White has talked about the match-up filling a 100,000 seat stadium in Dallas.
For the time being, Soares is already priming the motor for the fight and it sounds like he will be rooting for St-Pierre in Montreal at UFC 154.
“Who knows what’s next. Maybe after (a possible fight with St-Pierre), who knows. A possibility it could be Jon Jones, or maybe even Michael Bisping,” Soares said. “There are so many different fighters out there that could potentially be big fights.”
Jones, the light heavyweight champ, has shied away from meeting Silva in the ring with the feeling being primarily mutual, while Bisping is on the cusp of contendership and has the starpower to put on a big bout against “The Spider”.
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