"Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can’t stop them from doing." - Old woman from Joseph Heller's Catch-22
"Winston sank his arms to his sides and slowly refilled his lungs with air. His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them." - From 1984 by George Orwell
Another day, another reason for Dana White to deflect the idea of a superfight between Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva. MMA Weekly brings us the latest word:
"I think eventually it could happen, but there's still a long road," White said. "Georges St-Pierre has to beat (Josh) Koscheck, then beat (Jake) Shields, and a couple of these other (guys). He's still got a ways to go to clean out his division."
Georges St-Pierre has a "long road" to cleaning out his division. The same Georges St-Pierre who's beaten (decisively) the number two, three, four, six, nine, and thirteen fighters in the division. The same Georges St-Pierre who is 14-2 in the UFC welterweight division and currently owns a seven fight win streak. The same Georges St-Pierre who hasn't lost a round since Matt Serra had him doing the Glass Joe dance in the spring of '07.
You haven't cleared out your division until you've beaten everybody, and we'll let you know when you've beaten everyone.
"I'm not crazy about the fight because Georges St-Pierre is a real 170-pounder. Anderson Silva is a freak who, he makes 85, but this guy could compete and I think do well at 205, so it's just a tough fight for me," White admitted.
Anderson Silva shouldn't fight GSP because he's done well at 205. Wait, who put him in one-off fights at light heavyweight because of the dearth of contenders at 185 pounds? And since when exactly does Dana White care about matters of weight? It didn't seem to be a problem when 220-pound Randy Couture fought a near 300-pound behemoth at UFC 91. It didn't seem to be a problem when B.J. Penn weighed in at 168 pounds to fight a GSP who weighed somewhere in the neighborhood of 180 pounds on fight night. It wasn't a problem for Jake Shields in Strikeforce when he fought the "successful at 205" Dan Henderson.
"If they keep knocking guys off, and enough people want to see it, then maybe we'll do it," White commented about the potential match-up.
Ah, here's the lovely doublespeak. "If enough people want to see it, I guess we'll have to do it." Yeah, right. I have a feeling we'll see this fight in two years, when Anderson is 37 and his skills eroding. The UFC will push this as the "superfight we've all been waiting for." Georges St-Pierre will open as a prohibitive betting favorite, with the sharps if not the books. It will take place in Toronto's Rogers Centre. Anderson Silva will be set up for failure.
Or one of them will lose in the meantime. The UFC will miss out on a huge moneymaker and fans will miss out on the two greatest fighters of this generation competing against each other.