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Contenders and amateurs. Business or sport?

On reading Anderson Silvas managers latest comments, it occured to me that ultimate success in the UFC is a double edged sword. In a recent interview with Tatame, Silvas manager Jorge Guimaraes was quoted as saying

" No opponent makes sense for Anderson at this moment. Unless we do a catchweight against George St Pierre".

There were various other statements made but the message coming over loud and clear is this. Anderson Silva wants more money! Now dont get me wrong, I have no problem with anybody wanting to improve and bolster their financial status regardless of how rich or poor they may be. Indeed, society encourages us to pursue sucess and that ever elusive big pay day. My problem here is that Silvas manager, and possibly Silva himself, have wrote off an entire division in favour of a welterweight and call it a super fight!?

At this point i think its only fair to make a few things clear. Firstly I respect GSP as one of the greatest fighters of our generation and in no way is this a slight on his ability, but i believe Anderson would hang him out to dry. The size difference cannot be ignored. Lets not forget Silva is a middleweight who on occasion has even jumped up to LHW and did not look out of place, and though he was fed mediocre opponents within this division he dipatched both (James Irvine and Forrest Griffin) with relative ease.

My point is this, Anderson is a killer who has been one hit fatality-ing his opponents for the better part of six years with one or two exceptions. All of these opponents have been MW/LHW and in Dan Henderson a man who stepped up to heavyweight and beat down Fedor.

Making a Silva vs GSP "superfight" in my mind will serve nothing but to damage one mans legacy. It seems unecessary when Anderson is in a division of contenders his own size who are hungry for a shot at the title and GSP is returning to a viper pit of new challenges after a long and no doubt performance affecting layoff. The problem now is that with success comes power and Anderson Silva is at the pinnacle. He calls the shots and any fights he "takes" in the future will be geared around PPV buys and pay cheques rather than who is the best and most worthy opponent. From a fans perspective this sucks but ultimately it boils down to the fact that the UFC is not a sport but a business, or rather a business that promotes the sport of mixed martial arts. My question is where does the line become blurry between making the right fights and making the right money fights?

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