Firas Zahabi: GSP does want Silva fight


After a ton of speculation that GSP does not want to fight Anderson Silva, it appears that the Welterweight champ does in fact want to. At least, according to his coach Firas Zahabi, who spoke with CBC Sports, saying:

“He told me yes. But I think there’s a lot to be negotiated. I don’t know much more than that.”

Zahabi is as reliable a source as any on news concerning GSP. Rumors had surfaced last week that GSP was asking for 50 million dollars in order to fight Silva, who many consider the greatest MMA combatant of all time. While those rumors were quickly put to bed by GSP’s camp, the fact remains that there is a ton of red tape to bypass in order to make this monumental bout a go. GSP knows he needs to put on a good amount of weight to contend with the larger Silva. Also, Silva said he’s taking time off until 2013. All of these and many more factors lead to more and more holdups in a bout that’s been talked about since 2008.

However, if the fight can be made, rest assured that Dana White will try to make it. Speculation has placed the bout at Texas Stadium or a soccer venue in Brazil large enough to accomodate the mobs of fans looking to see the bout. Many think GSP is scared to face Silva, apparently he feels otherwise. After successfully defeating Carlos Condit at UFC 154, St-Pierre is back to training in a lower capacity. The hype will continue to roll in, let’s hope this fight gets booked sooned than later.

  • dont want to see that fight anymore silva vs jones would be better

    • I'll take one of each please (Silva-GSP and Silva-Jones)

    • Just because we can't get the best and fairest superfight in the whole sport, doesn't mean this isn't a matchup of dreams

    • then dont watch the fight simple as that, gsp vs silva is still a great match up, and people always complain about gsp/ silva now everytime its mentioned there are people who just have to throw out silva/ jones,theres always going to be a superfight better than the other.. watch in a year from now its going to be dos santos / jones as the next big super fight

    • hen dont watch the fight simple as that, gsp vs silva is still a great match up, and people always complain about gsp/ silva now everytime its mentioned there are people who just have to throw out silva/ jones,theres always going to be a superfight better than the other.. watch in a year from now its going to be dos santos / jones as the next big super fight

    • remember pride?

      where weight class and money didnt matter?

      • I liked Pride as much as the next guy, but it was extremely corrupt. They told Crokop he was fighting Herring and told Herring he was fighting a wrestler…things of that nature. Wasn't perfect either.

    • i think the problem here is that silva is also afraid to fight jones. Or he could fight shogun, silva vs shogun i think it is also better,

  • While we're at it, why don't we set up Demetrious Johnson vs Stefan Struve on the same card? Let's call it UFC david & goliath edition.

    GSP, I love you man… but c'mon guys, enough of this already. Let's talk REAL superfight: Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones.

  • They have to get this deal done in the next 60 days or all we are doing (here) is spinning our wheels. It's time to ….. or get of the pot. There are two divisions that are being placed on hold as a result of this and that needs to be settled. I also think it's unfair to the fans to continually dangle the carrot in front of us and then never pull the trigger. Give us the fight or don't, either or, but please make an announcement before Nick Diaz gets back. If the Silva fight can't / won't happen, then an opponent needs to be determined for GSP. Hendricks or Diaz?

    The operative word in Firas's statement is "negotiated". I think GSP will let it be known that he would take the fight @ 173 / 174, That means Anderson only has to come down and other 2 or 3 pounds and we'd have ourselves a Super-Fight. I think for the money that will be offered and the fact that GSP is interested in the challenge, that it's going to happen.

    Venue – my vote is for Wembley stadium, London. I think the UK fans and European fans would come out in droves to see that fight. And I think the same (traveling) North American fans would just as easily go to London as they would Vegas. I just know it shouldn't happen in Canada. It' shouldn't happen in Brazil. And Dallas, for some reason, doesn't interest / thrill me. I don't think the fan support has been there and I don't think this is a fight that should be used to break market. This is a fight for the fans. I think it should go to a neutral spot and a spot whose fans have been loyal and supportive of The UFC. I suggest England. I suggest Wembley Stadium. The Brits would love it. I don't know that I could say the same for Texans.

  • Hmmmm…..maybe this is why Seagal was shooting his mouth off….to draw GSP in. He's a slippery rascal.

  • *Disclaimer- Fight likely won't happen… but if it does*

    -Fight should be at 178 (with no +1 pound allowance). Making Silva come down further than 7 pounds at 38 (when he will be fighting if it gets signed) would only hurt the fights legacy IMO.

    -Both should be paid an equal share of money at $11 million each (and if it goes above 1 million buys 1 million each for each 100,000 buys; EX: 12 million for 1 million buys, 13 million for 1.1 million buys, 14 million for 1.2 million guys,.. etc.).

    -Fight should be in Cowboys Stadium. Biggest HD screen in the world. Possible 100,000 seat seeding for the biggest MMA fight of all-time (then put Ronda vs. ________ on the main card).

    -Put Jon Jones first HW fight in the co-main event against Check Kongo/Brendan Schaub/Lavar Johnson/Pat Barry/Stefan Struve/Mark Hunt.

    • Since Silva is calling out GSP it should be at 170. Imagine GSP calling out Henderson but demanding catchweight. Absurd but so many Silva butt bangers in MMA all reason departs the moment they are in the room.

      • It would be if GSP hadn't talked about moving up to 185 so many times in the past. The past couple years he's backed off this though finally.

        My whole statement was about if the fight happens. I don't even think it's a neccesity. Weight classes are much further apart than boxing where this stuff is much more prevelant.

    • 5-10 years from now, Anderson Silva/Georges will be mentioned as the fight that almost happened, but never did.

  • Yeah future GOAT (Jones) vs MW GOAT (Silva) would be better.Before or after Jones loses to the GOAT of GOATS (Hendo).

    • "Future G.O.A.T vs MW G.O.A.T" Huh? I thought there could only be one GOAT in every sport.

      • I thought naming a GOAT after a sport is barely out of teenage years was stupid in the first place, but who knows?

  • There is only 1 way this fight will be entertaining, and that is a devastating finish by Silva. If it happens, and GSP lays n prays his way to victory, doing no damage, I will be soo pissed and disappointed.

  • It seems clear that GSP wants to take care of business by his own schedule. He will fight Nick Diaz first, unless Diaz's license is not renewed, then possibly Hendricks. After that–he may want to fight Silva.

    The bottom line is that GSP has a number of good fights in the pipeline.

  • PLEASE ANSWER MY QUESTION::: Why do writers keep writing that "rumors have said etc." that GSP asked for 50 millions.

    Even though you mention it was only a rumor, some stupid people will still think it's true. Stop basing your articles on rumors that even GSP said he has never heard of. You can post rumors, but once the fighters said it's not true, then stop sticking to it…

    But the article is still good, there's just that part that really pisses me (and probably a lot of other guys) off.

  • i think the problem is that silva is afraid of jon jones, i think shogun versus silva would also be a good match up.

  • LOL at Firas saying he doesn't know much more than that. I'm sure GSP has talked to him a lot about a Silva fight. Both guys don't have scheduled bouts & Silva has said yes. What's the hold up?!