With Shields Win, GSP Guaranteed Silva


Georges St. Pierre. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

Anderson Silva lived up to his end of the bargain. Now the pressure is on Georges St. Pierre.

With a highlight-reel win over Vitor Belfort, UFC President Dana White reminded the media on Saturday that Anderson Silva will meet Georges St. Pierre in a superfight later this year, provided that St. Pierre gets past Jake Shields at UFC 129 in April.

"If St. Pierre wins, him and Silva is the fight we will do," White said. "Georges has said that if he beats Jake Shields, he'll take the fight and Anderson wants it too."

A fight between the two would likely be the largest in UFC history. It would also mark a permanent move to 185 lbs for St. Pierre, who like his potential opponent at middleweight, will have cleaned out the entire welterweight division twice over.

A possible location for the showdown remains unknown. White noted that finding the proper venue for the bout would likely be the hardest part of putting it together.

"Where do we hold this thing? That's going to be the question," said White. "Do we go back to Toronto? We've been thinking about Cowboys Stadium, but is that the right place for it? There's even UFC Rio. I'm really not sure."

St. Pierre's title defense against Shields will take place at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where the UFC plans on hosting 42,000 fans, by far their largest number of attendees in promotional history.

Silva, speaking for the first time regarding a fight against St. Pierre, said that he looked forward to the excitement a battle between two of the sport's biggest stars would bring.

"It's going to be a fun type of fight," Silva said. "We're going to fly around th ecage. There will be all kinds of punches and kicks and other stuff. "It'll be a fun fight."

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