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Dana White: Anderson Silva vs GSP is still a possibilty

Best80smovieRAD2010-06-19 00:16:32 +0000 #1
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Sometimes the UFC has its finger on the pulse of its fans. And then there are times when it seems to completely miss the boat.

Case in point: Dana White's comments to MMAJunkie.com regarding a possible Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre "superfight," something White said he's "shocked" that fans keep demanding.

"It starts to get to the point where I'm like, 'I guess if everybody wants to see this fight, maybe we make this fight,'" he said.

These are the words of a guy who would stare long and hard at a falling anvil before deciding to move out of the way.

There's a real reason why audiences are rabid about the fight: Few times in the sport's history have two athletes have been so uniformly dominant. The promise of one finally appearing human is an exciting prospect. The minute St. Pierre or Silva loses -- from the UFC's perspective, probably the most opportune time to make the fight -- all of that anticipation goes out the window. As enjoyable as it was to see Chuck Liddell vs. Wanderlei Silva in 2007, that match would've blown synapses in 2005. Timing is everything.

White is probably not oblivious to this, but he's likely suspicious of sacrificing one pound-for-pound guy's reputation for the sake of a one-night payoff (though it'd be a huge one night payoff). That's sensible, but it's also the kind of bureaucratic bungling that's prevented boxing from making a lot of historic bouts over the past 30 years. It's bad enough we've missed some big fights because of conflicting promotions. If two fighters are under the same employer, there's no reason not to capitalize on it.


BulldogWrestler2010-06-19 00:31:01 +0000 #2
I think everyone is also missing the fact that these guys aren't in the same weightclass. That plays a lot into it too.
BBHitman2010-06-19 00:29:35 +0000 #3
Just out of curiosity, at what weight do theses guys walk around?
Best80smovieRAD2010-06-19 00:36:57 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by BBHitman

Just out of curiosity, at what weight do theses guys walk around?

GSP used to walk around at 185 but he has since moved up a bit. I think he walks near 195 now

Anderson Silva did an interview I remember and said he walks around at 215-220
BBHitman2010-06-19 00:29:36 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Best80smovieRAD

GSP used to walk around at 185 but he has since moved up a bit. I think he walks near 195 now

Anderson Silva did an interview I remember and said he walks around at 215-220

I thought Anderson walked around in excess of 200, but does he walk around just a little pudgy? He doesn't seem to have the frame of a 220 pounder.
Best80smovieRAD2010-06-19 01:13:32 +0000 #6
i read that he's pretty big. he doesn't look it but sometimes in interviews, he seems to be just as big as guys hes standing next to.

i would assume he for the most part walks around pretty fit.

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