While Anderson Silva has begun the long rehabilitation process after sustaining a broken leg in his loss to Chris Weidman at UFC 168, his management team already has designs on a massive fight for his return. Silva’s co-manager Ed Soares says they are hoping to have the longtime former middleweight champion make his return against Georges St. Pierre.
Obviously, this would all depend on the 38-year old Silva making a full recovery, and would also be dependent on St. Pierre returning to the UFC. The longtime former welterweight champion decided to vacate his 170-pound title to take a break after a controversial split-decision win over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167.
This is a matchup that has been talked about for years now, and obviously Silva’s back-to-back losses to Weidman has taken away the air of invincibility that used to exist around “The Spider”. The same can be said for St. Pierre, who was very fortunate in most people’s eyes to retain his belt against “Bigg Rigg.”
However, this remains a fight that would attract a huge amount of attention and would be one of the most highly-anticipated matchups in the promotion’s history if it were indeed to become a reality.
Silva is likely looking at a 2015 return after his lengthy recovery. No one is really certain on when St. Pierre would return, although UFC President Dana White has expressed confidence that GSP will be back after he sorts out his personal issues during this sabbatical.
The UFC is heading into new territory with Silva and St. Pierre not firmly entrenched atop their respective divisions as champions, and there are definitely fans hoping that both men will return for at least one more fight. The weight issue is always something that has come up whenever there has been talk of a Silva-St. Pierre superfight. Would St. Pierre be able to go up to 185 pounds and fight Silva as a middleweight, or could they find a catch-weight to accommodate both sides?
While the topic of St. Pierre facing Silva has gotten plenty of mileage over the years, it has unfortunately never come to fruition. Perhaps at this late stage of both fighters’ careers, maybe talks can lead to action this time and we will finally get to see these legends meet in the Octagon to determine who the better fighter is. If that were to happen, it would truly be a case of better late than never, and would likely produce one of the biggest PPV buyrates in the organization’s history.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports