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Anderson Silva-GSP fight ‘close’ to happening, likely for Cowboys Stadium

MMA fans may finally get to see a super fight for which they have been clamoring. UFC president Dana White indicated to Ariel Helwani during an interview on Fuel TV Tuesday that Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre are likely to fight in the near future.

“I think we’re pretty close,” said White. “If Georges St-Pierre beats [Carlos] Condit, that could be the next fight.”

St-Pierre is scheduled to fight at UFC 154 on November 17. Silva doesn’t have any fights scheduled.

White indicated that the fight would likely take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“If that fight happens, it will probably happen at Dallas, TX stadium,” said White.

GSP has demonstrated a tremendous amount of respect for Silva in the past and expressed reluctance about facing the Brazilian master. As recently as last March, GSP was worried about facing Silva at 185 pounds. The answer appears to be a fight at a 180-pound catchweight.

“At one point it sounded like Anderson wanted to go to 170 and take Georges’ welterweight title,” said White. “That was what he was talking at one point. Then it was 180 the catchweight, because Georges doesn’t want to go to 185 — he’s going to stay at ’70. He said if ‘I had to make the move to go to ’85, I’d have to stay at ’85.’ We figured that a 180-pound catchweight makes sense.”

So why would they finally face each other after avoiding the super fight for so long?

“These guys want to fight each other now. If you’re a fighter and you’ve dominated as long as Anderson as, you’ve been great as long as Georges has, you finally say I want to test, you say ‘I think I can beat this guy,” White figured.

As long as GSP doesn’t blow his fight with Condit — which is always a possibility — then this could be the headline event to energize sports fans the way the Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva rematch did. I think Silva would have to be favored in that fight given GSP’s lengthy layoff and unimpressive wins prior to his knee injury.

Thanks to MMA Fighting for the transcriptions. Video of the interview is below:

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GSP back to training full-time

Georges St-Pierre has been somewhat of a forgotten man in the MMA world since undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right knee last fall. St-Pierre tore the ACL in his knee during a wrestling session last year and has been rehabbing since undergoing surgery. The rehab has been limited to working on regaining strength in his knee, and doing cardio work. But he announced on Wednesday that he is back in business:

GSP isn’t ready to spar yet, but he is doing some punching in addition to kicking. He knows he has to slowly rebuild before going too crazy with his training.

“I go very light,” he told The Canadian Press. “Maybe in a few weeks, I will pick it up and I will be 100 per cent. But right now I have to go gradually because – my movement pattern – I haven’t done this in a long time.”

GSP’s last fight was a win over Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto in April 2011. There has been speculation that he will face Carlos Conduit at UFC 154 in November, though nothing has been confirmed. Should he win that fight, he could end up facing the winner of Johny Hendricks-Martin Kampmann.

Nick Diaz Calls Out GSP After UFC 137 Win

Nick Diaz won a unanimous decision against B.J. Penn at UFC 137 in Las Vegas Saturday night and wasted little time calling out his next opponent.

“Georges, Georges” Diaz yelled as he stomped around the cage.

He was looking for Georges St-Pierre who was at the Mandalay Bay for the fights.

“I don’t think Georges is hurt. I think he’s scared,” Diaz said after his win. “He’s scared to fight everyone right now.”

Diaz was initially scheduled to fight GSP at UFC 137, but he got taken off the main event after missing back-to-back press conferences. He lost the title shot but was booked to fight Penn the next day. Carlos Condit was supposed to sub in for Diaz and face St. Pierre, but GSP pulled out of the fight with a knee injury.

There is little doubt that Diaz and GSP will be booked to fight at some point in 2012 once GSP is ready. And let’s not forget that Diaz needs time to heal from his fight against Penn. Even though he battered B.J. more than anyone had before, he took several punches and ended the night with a bloody face.

After that impressive win, it’s impossible not to be excited for a Diaz-St. Pierre title fight.

GSP: Anderson Silva Is the Best Right Now

Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva is the bout MMA fans have wanted to see since each fighter began dominating the competition. After GSP failed to impress critics in his last several fights (the last four went to decision), the tune changed and there were plans for him to fight Nick Diaz. That fell through, and GSP will face Carlos Condit next.

Even if GSP wins his fight next month, don’t hold your breath on him fighting Anderson Silva anytime too soon:

St. Pierre has previously expressed reluctance about moving up in weight, so there is little doubt this is a serious concern for him. While many people could complain that this is an example of GSP wussing out, I think it’s a legitimate worry. Facing a guy who is bigger than you is difficult — that’s why there are weight classes. He’ll probably be at a disadvantage and that’s why it might not be worth it to him.

I also liked the perspective he offered on pound-for-pound fighters. Too often we get caught up in who’s the best “right now.” Like GSP points out, it wasn’t long ago that Fedor was considered the best ever. Now people are questioning his legacy since he lost three fights in a row.

In the sport of MMA, outcomes are unpredictable. Being able to maintain a level of invincibility for a long period of time is difficult to do. Silva hasn’t truly lost since 2004, and that’s why even GSP is saying he’s the best fighter.

GSP Resumes Training with Eye Healed

In December, Georges St. Pierre beat Josh Koscheck by unanimous decision, peppering his eye constantly to the point it swelled up and shut (here are pictures). Six months later, the exact opposite happened to GSP; his eye was poked/punched by Jake Shields, impairing his vision during the fight.

St. Pierre was suspended 60 days pending medical clearance from an opthamologist. It looks like GSP has received some sort of clearance, because he tweeted late Friday that “My eye is back 100%!!! Can’t wait to start back training tomorrow!”

Now that GSP is back training, the question once again becomes whom will he fight next? Many fans who once were clamoring for a GSP-Anderson Silva dream matchup have now changed their tune. They’ve been unimpressed by St. Pierre’s inability to finish fights recently and don’t think he would be able to hang with Silva. Instead, they’re now pushing for a match with Nick Diaz who has run through the Strikeforce welterweight division winning his last 10 fights.

I still would like to see GSP-Silva while both fighters are still arguably at their peak. Silva is 36 and may only have a few prime years left, so why waste time by having each fighter face someone else? If Silva can beat Yushin Okami in August, then the superfight between the two pound-for-pound studs is what I want to see.

Picture: GSP’s Eye After Jake Shields Poke

Georges St. Pierre beat Jake Shields in their UFC 129 fight Saturday by unanimous decision. Many critics (and GSP himself) were disappointed he didn’t finish Shields with a knockout or submission, but part of the problem was GSP got poked/punched in the eye and couldn’t see out of it for most of the fight. Doctors initially feared a detached retina when they examined him because they could not see into the eye. At that point you were probably wondering what the freaking eye looked like, and luckily UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste came through with a picture:

That looks pretty darn bad and it’s no surprise GSP was handed a 60-day medical suspension. I know a lot of folks were disappointed by GSP’s performance, but keep in mind he wasn’t hurt throughout the fight and pretty much dominated things despite not having full vision. As for the folks pushing a Nick Diaz fight, get off of it. There’s only one fight fans should want to see, and it’s GSP vs. Anderson Silva. I know GSP’s team has major concerns about the weight difference, but that’s the one that needs to happen.

Thanks to 5th Round for sharing the link, and how does GSP’s eye compare to Mark Hominick’s injuries?

GSP Having Second Thoughts About Fighting Anderson Silva

Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva are widely considered to be two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Silva’s 28-4 and coming off an incredible win over Vitor Belfort. The Spider has won 14 straight and fought at both middleweight and light heavyweight. GSP is 21-2 and has won his last eight fights in a row, all as a welterweight. He has a fight coming up against former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields late April in Toronto. After that, there’s been talk of a GSP-Silva superfight should St. Pierre come out victorious.

The St. Pierre-Silva fight is one fans have been dying to see for quite some time, but it appears as if the bout is no certainty. Speaking at UFC on Versus 3 Thursday evening, GSP said he’s focusing on his fight with Shields first before anything else, but he also was hesitant to talk about plans to fight Silva.

GSP’s biggest concern centers around the weight issue. During an interview, he said “It would take a long time [to put on that kind of weight]. Anderson Silva is a huge guy, he’s weighing around 230 pounds. He’s very big. Even when he fought as a light heavyweight he looked bigger than the other guys. I don’t know if I’m gonna go up to 185. I have no idea. It’s a complete reorientation of my career. I have a lot to lose.”

If he’s reluctant to fight because he has a lot to lose, that’s a poor attitude. But if his concerns are over weight issues, that makes complete sense. Silva is a bigger guy and has four inches of height and 20 pounds on GSP. He would have a clear advantage in a sport where a lot of the fighting is based on strength, leverage, and tactics on the ground. They would have to meet at an agreeable weight that would make the two equally uncomfortable. Remember, it won’t be easy for Silva to drop down in weight either. Hopefully GSP beats Shields and the superfight goes down.