Dana White Shoots Down Rumors of Anderson Silva-Georges St. Pierre Bout at UFC 206

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 11, 2016
Last week, rumors began to circulate that a long-awaited super fight between Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre would become a reality at UFC 206.

First, UFC welterweight Patrick Cote tweeted this on Oct. 7:

Then, Kalyl Silva, son of the former middleweight champion, posted a picture of the fighters side by side on his Instagram account with the caption: “Christmas month should be exciting.”

• Christmas month should be exciting •

A photo posted by One Of A Kind (@kalylsilva) on Oct 8, 2016 at 9:17pm PDT

Leave it to Dana White to put a damper on all the speculation. Speaking to BT Sport, the UFC president denied that Silva vs. St. Pierre was in the works. Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time White denied something that later turned out to be true. The UFC 205 headliner between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor is just the latest example: White initially claime don Twitter that Khabib Nurmagomedov would get the shot against Alvarez.

"That's not true. So not true," White said. "I know everybody keeps talking about — GSP isn't even close. I'm telling you again, I don't think GSP wants to fight. I keep saying this. You guys know fighters as much as I know fighters, do you think GSP wants to fight? GSP wasn't crazy about fighting when he was fighting! Now three years later he's just dying to fight? He's not. I don't think he is.”

Earlier this year, St. Pierre confirmed that the wheels were in motion for a UFC return. Thus far, it appears that the biggest obstacle to that comeback is contract negotiations with the Las Vegas-based promotion.

“I want to come back,” St. Pierre recently said on UFC Tonight. “They know the terms I want. Trust me, I’m very reasonable so it’s up to them. We tried. My agent tried to reach them and they’re very hard to reach, but I guess they’re going to come back soon. Hopefully, we’ll see.”

White has remained consistent on one point: He is adamant in his belief that St. Pierre isn’t truly interested in fighting again. And without GSP, there can be no super fight with Silva.

"That fight is definitely not gonna happen. I don't think GSP ever returns," White said. "And in some cases, that's not a bad thing.

"The guy retired, he went out on top, he's looked at as one of the greatest to ever do it and I just think he lost that fire a long time ago. For some reason — he's got his own person reasons — he likes to keep his name out there like he might be coming back and everybody is anticipating his return, but at the end of the day I don't think he wants it.”

UFC 206 takes place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Dec. 10. A light heavyweight championship clash between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson has been announced for the event, but it has not yet been confirmed as the headliner.


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