anderson-silva-44.jpgMONTREAL – Following UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s victory over Nick Diaz in Saturday’s UFC 158 pay-per-view headliner, his next opponent was announced: co-main-event winner Johny Hendricks.

St-Pierre, though, couldn’t shake questions about a potential super fight with middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva. Although the potential cross-division, dual-champ bout has drawn interest for a couple years, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

In addition to the expected St-Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) vs. Hendricks bout (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) is slated to fight division foe and top contender Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) at UFC 162 in July. Should Silva’s UFC records for consecutive wins (16) and title defenses (10) come to an end, don’t expect him to immediately jump into a bout with St-Pierre; New York’s Weidman said he’s willing to give the champ an immediate rematch.

“If [Weidman] wants to give him a rematch if he beats him, I’m sure people would want to see it,” White said. “I talked to Chris Weidman myself, and he looked me right in the eye and said, ‘I’m telling you, I apologize that I’m going to f— up your superfights and be your next champion. But what I will do for you is I’ll give him an immediate rematch in Madison Square Garden as soon as he loses.’

“It’s verbatim what the guy said to me.”

Just a few short weeks ago, White was trumpeting the possibility of a Silva vs. St-Pierre or Silva vs. Jon Jones superfight. He went as far as promising one by the end of 2013.

“GSP is going to defend his title against Nick Diaz, Anderson Silva will defend his title this summer, and before the end of this year, we will see a super fight with either GSP and Anderson Silva, or Anderson Silva and Jon Jones,” White said this past month. “One of them is coming.”

However, the three longtime champs and pound-for-pound kingpins will be focused on their own divisions for the foreseeable future.

In addition to St-Pierre vs. Hendricks, which both fighters suggested won’t happen until at least mid- or late-summer, Silva vs. Weidman will tie up the middleweight champ until at least late 2013. Additionally, Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) meets Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) in late April, and recent winner Lyoto Machida could be up next after that.

The chatter about super fights is likely to continue throughout the year, especially if St-Pierre, Silva and Jones continue their dominance. However, for the time being, just don’t expect them to fight each other anytime soon.

For complete coverage of UFC 158, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

(Pictured: Anderson Silva)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jake Ellenberger vs. Jorge Masvidal added to TUF 24 Finale

  • 29 days ago

The Ultimate Fighter 24 finale is stacked with great fights, and now a welterweight war between Jake Ellenberger and Jorge Masvidal has been added.This season of The Ultimate Fighter is a very intere read news >>

Victory Fighting Championship books '3 Shows, 30 Days' year-end run with 6 title fights on UFC Fight Pass

  • 28 days ago

Victory Fighting Championship is gearing up to go hot and heavy to close out the 2016 calendar year this fall and early winter.Filed under: News read news >>

Polish MMA Promotion Books Mother of All Freak Show Fights | FIGHTLAND

  • 28 days ago

For all the great fights the now-defunct Pride FC put on in their Japanese homeland, some of the most vivid memories evoked from that promotion are the series of freak show fights and mismatches it p read news >>

MMA fighter knocks out drunk while working as bouncer - 'TMZ Sports'

  • 28 days ago

When you're drunk at the bar, don't pick fights with people you don't know. Here's a reminder of why MMA fighters are the real deal. read news >>

Rampage Jackson's Cousin, Nick Payne Looking to Add V3 Title to Spotless Record |

  • 26 days ago

Undefeated Nick Payne, the cousin of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, is looking to add the V3 Fights lightweight title to his spotless record. read news >>

Mandy Polk Leveraging Her Competitive Fitness Background Heading into V3 Fights |

  • 26 days ago

Mandy Polk hopes to leverage her competitive fitness background to ensure her success at V3 Fights on Saturday. read news >>

The 10: Big name fights coming in October

  • 26 days ago

Three continents, three huge fight cards - we look at the best action coming to the Octagon this month including John Lineker vs John Dodson, Michael Bisping vs Dan Henderson and BJ Penn vs Ricardo L read news >>

Nate Marquardt, 53 Fights Later, Only Getting Better (video) |

  • 26 days ago

Nate Marquardt is 53 fights into his professional career, but he's only getting better. read news >>

The 7 Biggest UFC Fights That Never Happened

  • 25 days ago

MMA is a fickle mistress. More than any other sport, it giveth and taketh away seemingly on a whim. Fights are booked and unbooked based on injuries or drug test failures or pretty much all the thing read news >>

UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2 Fantasy Cheat Sheet

  • 23 days ago

In today's fantasy preview, we're going to examine those fights and several more to see who has the edge going into Saturday night and if there might even be an upset brewing at UFC 204: Bisping vs. read news >>