With UFC 162 less than two weeks away, Ed Soares, who manages Anderson Silva, was a guest of MMA Fight Corner on Friday and chimed in on UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre’s comments that Chris Weidman will usurp UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva from his throne. St-Pierre has said that he adamantly believes Weidman will finish the middleweight kingpin, who has broken nearly every record in the UFC.
Silva has reigned in the 185-pound division for seven years, has defended his title a record of 10 times, and has the longest current win streak in the UFC with 16 consecutive fights won. At 38-years-old, Silva continues to shock the masses with devastating finishes that resonate with the fans.
St-Pierre hasn’t been the finisher Anderson is, but is close to keeping on track with some of Silva’s records. He’s held his title since 2007, defended his strap eight times, and has an 11-fight win streak.
Currently, the UFC pound-for-pound rankings list Silva as number one, Jon Jones as number two, and GSP as number three.
At the UFC 160 post-fight media scrum, UFC President Dana White told MMA Fight Corner that GSP stands behind Weidman winning so much, that he wrote off getting into a superfight with Silva.
“He 100 percent, absolutely, positively knows that Weidman is going to beat Anderson Silva. No doubt in his mind. The [super]fight with him won’t happen because Weidman’s going to win,” said White.
On Tuesday’s media call ahead of UFC 162 on July 6 in Las Vegas, NV, “The Spider” responded to the comments GSP made:
“Imagine if I started listening to everything people say,” Silva said. “St-Pierre had his chance to pronounce himself about fighting me, he didn’t do it. So, that’s what he chose to say and that’s fine. But I’m not paying attention to what everyone else is saying.”
Soares also proposed a question to St-Pierre. “Well first of all, I’d like to ask Georges St-Pierre, if Anderson wins will he take the fight?” Soares asked. “So the cool thing is, that’s great he makes those statements. But if that’s the excuse you’re going to hide behind, if Anderson wins, I’d like to find out from him – will he take that fight? Will he take that fight at a catchweight?”
On the conference call, Anderson also denied ever contacting Dana White following Jon Jones’ victory at UFC 159 to ask for a superfight against the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. However, Soares said he’d like to see Silva fight matched up against Jones, as well as GSP, at some point before he’s done in the UFC.
“I’d like to see Silva matched up against both fighters because I think that those are both fights that everyone’s benefiting. Both fighters are benefiting because both fighters are going to make a lot of money, the fans are benefiting, the UFC is benefiting. The whole thing is that if Anderson fights Jon Jones first, I think it kind of loses the benefit.
“All this stuff is really up to Anderson and right now, our focus is Chris Weidman – that’s the reality, that’s what’s going to happen, and that fight is two weeks away. So right now, all that other stuff is completely irrelevant. But I mean, if we’re just talking about what would be great, for the longest time people have been talking about Georges St-Pierre being the pound-for-pound greatest, people are saying Anderson is the pound-for-pound greatest. I think to have a fight to see who the real pound-for-pound champ is, I think it’d make a lot of sense.”
UFC 162 goes down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, on July 6 where Silva (33-4) will look to defend his title for the eleventh time against the undefeated Chris Weidman (9-0).