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Following a dominant victory by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva over Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 126 on Saturday night, fans are now closer than ever to witnessing arguably the biggest fight in the history of the sport.
UFC President Dana White reaffirmed earlier statements regarding the potential matchup between Silva and longtime welterweight king Georges St. Pierre in 2011 during Saturday's postfight news conference. However, White was careful to note that St. Pierre must first get by perhaps his toughest test to date in Cesar Gracie product Jake Shields when the pair clashes in the main event of UFC 129 in April.
The UFC boss also referenced another possible problem with the bout: Yushin Okami has earned a middleweight title shot.
“It's looking like we are doing the [Silva]-GSP fight. If GSP wins his next fight, that will probably be the fight we'll do. Georges made it clear that he'll take the fight, and I think Anderson is ready to go, too. They're both champions,” said White. “I’ve got to figure out the [Yushin] Okami part of this thing. Somebody is going to be pissed.”
St. Pierre has been open to the prospect of the bout in the past, but he has asserted that if he were move up in weight to take on “The Spider” that he would want the move to be a permanent one.
As for Silva, the champion looked as dominant as he ever has on Saturday night, knocking Belfort out with a perfectly timed front kick to his countryman’s face.
“I trained this kick a lot with all my training partners,” said Silva at the postfight presser. “Vitor has great hands and boxing skills. But I practiced this kick a lot, and it just happened to work out.”
The jaw-dropping technique will now take its place alongside Siva's greatest knockouts. Count White among those impressed by the highlight-reel finish.
“I think he's the best fighter in the world,” said White. “When he does what he's capable of doing, you have nights like tonight. I’ve only seen that in a video game.”
If St. Pierre does get past Shields, the UFC boss asserts that the biggest problem facing the promotion would be where the UFC would hold a fight of such magnitude. If it were up to Silva, however, the choice would be easy.
“If it were up to me, I’d like to have it in Brazil. If that is not happening, I’d have it in Vegas,” said Silva. “That is my home away from home. It's where I won my belt. I’m very comfortable here, and it is where I’d like to fight.”
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