GSP told media at the TUF 16 finale that he didn’t want to move up to fight Silva now because he’d have to pack on too much weight. He also said that if he goes to middleweight, he may stay fighting in that division. Following TUF 16’s finale, UFC President Dana White addressed the situation and confirmed that the shift in weight seemed to be GSP’s main reason for not taking the Silva fight.
“He’ll stay at 85. That’s what he said. [GSP’s] never asked us for anything, he’s an awesome champion. He does anything we ask of him, so he wants to fight Diaz, it’s not like people don’t want to see it.”
Diaz is coming off of a loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 143 where he lost a battle for the welterweight interim title. After the loss, Diaz was suspended for a year for testing positive for marijuana metabolites. His suspension ends in February 2013, as long as the Nevada State Athletic Commission decides to re-license him, there shouldn’t be any hiccups in him fighting on the UFC 158 card. This time around White added that he’s not expecting any antics from Diaz, like no showing for press conferences.
“There’s no guarantees with Nick Diaz,” White said. “I got nine welterweights on the show that are all in the top five, so if he falls out we’ll still have a GSP fight.”
Since the signing of GSP-Diaz for UFC 158, some fans have been outraged that Johny Hendricks, who was presumed to be the next number one contender, is not getting a shot at the title. Hendricks also went on a campaign of his own on Twitter after the announcement of the fight and said he wouldn’t fight unless he received a title shot.
MMA Fight Corner asked White if Hendricks has expressed any frustration to him personally.
“I don’t know if he is or he isn’t, but Georges St-Pierre’s the champion. The champ wants to fight Diaz. He can be as frustrated as he wants to be. When he’s got the belt, and defends it, and breaks records as long as Georges St-Pierre, then maybe I might listen to him.”
Nonetheless, White said as long as Hendricks can get past Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158, that he will get his chance to fight for the title.
“Hendricks is definitely a contender right now, and yes, he’d be next in line,” White clarified.
So will any superfights happen in the near future? In the case of GSP, White said it’ll depend on what the outcome of his fight is.
“Obviously, he’s got to get through Nick Diaz now, and possibly Hendricks. Who knows how this is all going to play out. But I honestly believe before Anderson Silva retires, he will fight Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones.”
As for who’s next for Anderson Silva, White said that Michael Bisping will get his title shot if he can get past Vitor Belfort in their upcoming matchup at UFC on FX 7 in Brazil on January 19th.