Silva Camp: Only GSP Makes Sense Right Now
Strong words from Anderson Silva’s manager, calling potential fights with “amateur” challengers Chris Weidman, Tim Boetch, and Alan Belcher “a big joke”. In a recent interview with Tatame magazine, Jorge Guimaraes was asked about who Anderson Silva should fight next. He was not impressed with the current batch of UFC middleweight contenders, implying the only fight worth Anderson’s time was a super-fight with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
“That’s a big joke,” Jorge Guimaraes, said about Weidman, Boetsch, and Belcher’s challenges. “Everybody saw that it worked for Chael, and he got really famous with that, and now everybody wants to be on the spotlight.”
“No opponent makes sense for Anderson at this moment. Unless we do a catchweight against Georges St. Pierre. They didn’t offer the fight, but he’s the only one that could do a super fight. Anderson has the biggest paycheck in the UFC, and you can’t promote an event with these amateur kids that are coming up now.”
Ed Soares has recently hinted that Anderson may be able to drop to welterweight, but it is yet to be seen if the fight will be at welterweight, middleweight, or a catchweight between 170 and 185-lbs. Anderson’s next fight has yet to be announced, but it will likely not be against St-Pierre as there is a lot of sorting out to do in the welterweight division. The UFC has hinted that the next logical opponent in the middleweight division is Chris Weidman, who just came off a sizzling defeat of Mark Munoz.
Georges St. Pierre has a lot on his plate at welterweight, having been on the shelf since his April 2011 title defense against Jake Shields. St-Pierre was injured during practice December 2011 and had to undergo ACL surgery on his right knee. He is slated to return to face Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17.
UPDATE: Joe Rogan recently hinted that if Georges St-Pierre defeats Carlos Condit, there is the possibility of St-Pierre moving to middleweight to face Anderson Silva at Cowboys Stadium potentially on Super Bowl weekend of 2013.
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