Despite the fact that a lot of fighters, fans, and pundits are either expecting Chris Weidman to defeat Anderson Silva tonight at UFC 162, or a give him a serious run for his money (which evidently will be at least 600K), “super fight” talk hasn’t let up at all. UFC President Dana White has stated in the past that Silva wouldn’t be booked to fight Jon Jones or Georges St. Pierre if he were to lose, and evidently that hasn’t changed.
While speaking at a fan Q&A session this week, White had this to say when asked about the possibility of a super fight materializing, even if Silva were to lose tonight (via MMA Weekly.com):
“If he lost the super fight wouldn’t happen. We’d do a rematch with Weidman”
“Anderson is 38 year’s old. I would assume that if he lost two in a row he’d probably look at retiring.”
White has said previously that the hype surrounding a super fight would be severely reduced if Silva were to lose at middleweight, and even if a bout with Jones might still draw pretty well, it doesn’t sound like the UFC President’s interested (and as far as GSP, that “super fight” really doesn’t appear likely anyways).
And as far as Silva’s recent claim that he didn’t call White after UFC 159 to discuss a “super fight”?
“Anderson Silva doesn’t say a lot of things, but behind the scenes, he says a lot more than he says publicly. Anderson Silva is down to fight whoever. He’ll fight either one, so, I know he says he doesn’t have my phone number, he says we haven’t talked; Anderson Silva’s down to fight anybody in the world.”
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