Following Jon Jones’ victory over Chael Sonnen last Saturday, UFC president Dana White revealed to the media that Anderson Silva, his middleweight champion since 2006, had called him earlier in that evening asking for a “Super Fight”. White, however, did not disclose what opponent the “Spider” had in mind.
Nevertheless, all signs point to that being either welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre or Jones, the light heavyweight title holder, not only due to the fact that they are the top fighters from the divisions surrounding Silva’s weight class, but mainly because they have been almost as good as the “Spider”, the UFC’s record holder for title defenses in a row with ten, in terms of dominating their respective competition.
For what it’s worth, the fight against GSP has been the favorite in Anderson’s mind for the past years, since his 6’2 tall frame would present a significant size advantage against the 5’10 Canadian. However, Silva has recently admitted the possibility of sharing the octagon with Jones for the first time. Either way, the 38-year-old Brazilian does not intend to put anyone’s belt on the line if such super fight ever comes to fruition.
Since the call happened right after another clear-cut victory by Jones, it was most likely regarding the 25-year-old phenomenon out of Jackson’s MMA. Nevertheless, the way of thinking of Silva’s camp is almost as unpredictable as his moves inside the cage. In Jorge Guimaraes and Ed Soares’ minds, his longtime managers, a fight against St. Pierre could still be the best move to make.
But before the talk of a blockbuster bout involving Anderson Silva builds itself up again, he’s got business to take care of inside his own division. Dana White also stated following his breaking news on the Spider’s call that if the champ fails to defend his belt against Chris Weidman, the possibility of such super fight will be out of the window along with Silva’s middleweight reign. “It doesn’t matter who he wants to fight, ” said White, ” he’s got to fight Weidman first. If he doesn’t beat Weidman, what difference does it make? The fight isn’t even real.”
Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman are set to collide as the main event of UFC 162 on July 6th at Las Vegas, Nevada.