Ed Soares, the manager of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, spoke to mmaweekly.com about why Silva is so keen on a super-fight with Georges St-Pierre early on in 2013, as well as the reasons behind their dismissive attitude towards top contender at 185 pounds, Chris Weidman.
“I think it makes the most sense. First of all, Georges St-Pierre has to get through Carlos Condit, but if he gets through Carlos Condit, which is not going to be an easy task, but if he gets through there that’s a fight that makes sense for both guys. A superfight like that I think is going to be the biggest fight. I think a lot of fans want to watch it and I think it will be a highlight for both of their careers. I think that the superfight is definitely a big challenge, fighting someone like Georges St-Pierre.
As far as the middleweight division, yes, I do think there are still a lot of challenges. I just think that the middleweight division, you’ve got guys who have been on a pretty good win streak like Chris Weidman, but unfortunately Chris Weidman as far as a fight goes, I mean, Anderson would fight anybody the UFC puts in front of him at 185 pounds, but we would just like to see a bigger fight. I think right now, the fight the way it is, that might be a bit of a tough fight to promote. Once again, not taking anything away from Chris Weidman, because I think Chris Weidman is a very talented fighter, but I just think it’s a tough fight to promote right now.
He’s a very talented guy, but there’s no upside to that fight. If he goes out there and beats Chris Weidman, it’s expected of him. The guy only has 9 or 10 professional fights or whatever it is, and now all of a sudden he’s going to fight Anderson Silva, who has 15 consecutive wins in the UFC. It’s just one of those situations where it’s a no-win situation for Anderson. He has to go out there and destroy him and if he doesn’t destroy him, what’s that say? I just think the Chris Weidman fight is a difficult fight to promote, but I feel that outside of that the middleweight division is a little bit murky right now. There isn’t a solid No. 1 contender right now.”