Why Anderson Silva fighting Georges St.Pierre at Welterweight could mean more for him than GSP
After UFC on Fuel 7 in London, UFC President Dana White told members of the media that Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva would be willing to drop to Welterweight to get a fight with current 170lb. champ, Georges St. Pierre. White said that Silva claims he can make 170 easily, and would have the Super-Fight not at a catchweight, but at Welterweight.
In my opinion, this makes the fight more significant for Anderson Silva and with a win, would reap more rewards than his opponent.
Silva shows a huge desire to make this fight happen and by dropping into ‘Enemy Territory’, St. Pierre’s weight class. ‘GSP’ has ruled the welterweight division since winning the championship, for a second time, back in 2008, and has amassed 7 consecutive title defenses heading into UFC 158 . Should St. Pierre defeat Nick Diaz there, he will still have a very deserving Johny Hendricks to face, if Hendricks can prevail on the same night versus his opponent on the same card, Carlos Condit. It will be no easy task for Georges to get past Diaz and possibly Hendricks, too. For the sake of argument, let’s say he beats them both and looks to defend his welterweight title for a monumental tenth consecutive time. Anderson Silva would be the ideal opponent, and a Herculean task for the Canadian fan favorite.
But look at what Anderson Silva would get by winning that fight for St. Pierre’s belt: he would join the short list of fighters who have won titles at two weight classes (only Randy Couture and BJ Penn have done so, thus far), and most importantly could become the first man to ever hold two UFC titles simultaneously. The ‘Spider’s’ Legacy would be without peer and even fans of the 10-year reign of Fedor Emelianenko would have to really look at Anderson Silva being the equal of, if not the better fighter, between the two.
Waiting on Anderson is Chris Weidman, a tough wrestler that has good striking, the kind of fighter that has given Anderson some trouble in the past. If this fight is this summer, there’s at least one more match up that the UFC can give him while Georges (possibly) faces Hendricks. The winner of Vitor Belfort vs. the last Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Luke Rockhold would garner fan interest and set the stage to face GSP.
With two more fights for each fighter looming before this fight could go down, which potentially be next summer in Dallas around the Fourth of July, there’s still the possibility that neither man could be champion when it happens. But would that be so bad? Anderson Silva versus Georges St. Pierre is the main event of any pay per view that the UFC could imagine. A win for GSP over Silva makes him the greatest welterweight champion in UFC History, but a win by Anderson to capture St. Pierre’s Welterweight Title makes ‘The Spider’, truly- The Greatest UFC Fighter of all time, and possibly the greatest in ALL of combat sports.