Former UFC champions Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva have now been left without fights.
In early 2017, it was announced that St-Pierre would be returning from his UFC hiatus to fight middleweight champion Michael Bisping in a highly anticipated showdown for the middleweight title. Anderson silva on the other hand, was slated to fight Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 211 this weekend, where he hoped to build on the momentum of his win over Derek Brunson.
Unfortunately for St-Pierre, his timetable for a fight with Bisping didn’t match up with the Bisping’s, or UFC’s, and the fight was subsequently called off. In Silva’s case, Gastelum was flagged by USADA for failing his ‘UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza’ fight night drug test for marijuana, and was subsequently pulled from his scrap with Silva.
Now, with both former champions without a fight, fans have once again begun discussing the possibility of a St-Pierre vs. Silva superfight.
GSP spoke in a recent interview, saying:
“Eh… It could happen. It depend on the condition. Fight is about timing, you know what I mean? Sometime, some guys, their stock is high, some guy their stock is lower. You want the guy, their stock is the highest. It fluctuates. I don’t think his stock right now is very high. He’s a legend, stuff he has done in the past, but he’s not the same as he was back in the day.
Silva of course is currently engaged in a standoff with his employers regarding his next fight. After the UFC announced a middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre, Silva called for an interim middleweight title fight against Yoel Romero, which the UFC was quick to shut down.
Now, with a Bisping vs. St-Pierre fight off the table, and Yoel Romero getting the next middleweight title shot, is the time for St-Pierre vs. Silva now?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/12/2017.