All the superfight talk has died down to a dull roar… right?
It just picked up again.
Jon Jones is scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 next week in New Jersey. Anderson Silva squares off with Chris Weidman in July at UF 162 in Las Vegas. Georges St-Pierre is coming off of a dominant victory over Nick Diaz and is expected to defend his belt against Johny Hendricks.
The Jones and Silva fights are on the docket and will take place, save for injury or some other unexpected disruption. St-Pierre vs. Hendricks, however, is still not set in stone if you ask UFC president Dana White.
“I am literally going to call Georges St-Pierre today and I’m gonna see what he wants to do,” said White at a UFC on Fox 7 media scrum in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday. “If Jones beats (Sonnen), then we gotta wait for Anderson. Anderson’s gotta beat Weidman.”
But if those two fights play out as anticipated – with Jones and Silva winning – expect the superfight talk to reach new heights.
White admitted that St-Pierre is penciled in to put his belt up against Hendricks, but if St-Pierre opens the Anderson Silva door, the UFC’s head honcho will leap through.
“If Georges says to me, ‘I want to fight Anderson Silva,’ do you think I’m gonna go, ‘No you’re not, you’re fighting Johny Hendricks?’” posited White.
He added that Hendricks could still get a title fight with St-Pierre, but if St-Pierre wanted Silva, then Hendricks would have to wait.
“If (St-Pierre) lost that fight, he’d still be 170 (champion); he’d go down and fight Hendricks for the title.”
It’s all floating around in the ether, however, as White explained that this is all just chatter about what might or might not happen. He really just wants to talk to his welterweight champion and get the ball rolling on what’s next for him.
“I’m just feeling him out. I’m calling up saying, ‘So, you had a long time off. You had a vacation. So what’s up? What are you thinking about?’”
But while we’re talking “what ifs,” what if St-Pierre tells White that he in fact does want to fight Silva next AND what if Jon Jones beats Chael Sonnen and then tells White he too wants Silva for his next fight?
“If they both want it? That’s a good problem to have,” declared White, deploying his Cheshire grin. “I like that problem.”