Rumours have been swirling in recent days that the main event of December’s UFC 206 event in Toronto will be a long-awaited battle between former UFC champions Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva.
When Silva’s son posted a picture of the two fighters to Instagram on Saturday with the tagline “Christmas month will be exciting” these murmurs grew louder.
Did Anderson Silva son just announce Silva vs GSP in December? pic.twitter.com/MfOG37pkKU
— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) October 9, 2016
However, when he was asked about the rumours during a recent interview with Dan Hardy, UFC president Dana White was adamant that they had no substance whatsoever. Like he has done on several occasions over the last few months, White said that he doesn’t believe St-Pierre is genuinely interested in fighting any more, despite what the Canadian great has claimed publicly.
“I’m telling you again, I don’t think GSP wants to fight,” stated White. “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. That fight is definitely not going to happen.”
— #UFC204 (@btsportufc) October 9, 2016
Of course, Dana has been known to tell the occasional fib in order to put fans and the media off the scent of a big story. The day before Brock Lesnar’s return was announced via a vignette that aired during a break in the action at UFC 199, the pugnacious president denied that the former heavyweight champion would be making a comeback.
When St-Pierre and Silva were concurrent rulers of the welterweight and middleweight divisions respectively, talk of a super-fight between the pair was near constant. But a showdown never materialised.
In 2016, the bout certainly wouldn’t be as significant. After all, St-Pierre has been inactive for several years and the 41-year-old Silva appears to be past his terrifying best. However, it’s still a match-up between two of the greatest fighters in MMA history and, for longtime fans especially, it continues to hold much appeal.