Well, that was fast. As quickly as the potential bout between Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre was being built up and borderline promoted, the (defensible and understandable) obstinate GSP has thrown cold water on the whole idea. That's so true that, as our own Ariel Helwani reported last night on UFC Tonight, Silva's manager thinks the fight won't happen.
"We have heard a lot from GSP. He said he wants this fight to happen on his terms. He may not be ready for it just yet," Helwani said. "But I spoke to Anderson Silva's manager last night, and he told me that he truly doesn't believe that GSP wants this fight next and therefore he doesn't believe this fight will happen."
Like I said, that didn't take long. GSP basically isn't budging not only from statements he's made in recent months, but even in recent years. I can't ever remember a time where GSP indicated there were reachable conditions for the fight to happen absent some nebulous future time where it could all go down.
I doubt UFC brass are throwing in the towel just yet. They still want this fight to happen. There's also the fair amount of egg on their face they'll have to wear if this never even gets off the ground as far as negotiations are concerned.
So, I've included a poll in today's Morning Report about whether you, kind reader, believe the fight will happen. I've thrown in a few videos including Frankie Edgar trying to help his home state, Tweets of Rampage declaring this isn't the end and a story of staph infection.
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Former WEC lightweight champion Rob McCullough is out to stop bullying:
UFC President Dana White's first video blog for UFC on FOX 5 is out and he loves bad music:
Frankie Edgar tours Seaside Heights, N.J. in an effort to raise awareness and money for relief from Hurricane Sandy:
Greg Jackson admits Johny Hendricks poses a number of problems for GSP:
This isn't the end of my career.. It's the beginning! Just tired of people thinking this is my last fight ever.— Quinton Jackson (@Rampage4real) December 4, 2012
IT DID, MR. GUIDA
That rug really tied the RV together... Did it not? twitter.com/clayguida/stat…— Clay Guida (@clayguida) December 4, 2012
WE'VE BEEN THERE AND IT SUCKS
Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) December 4, 2012
@kevini some asshole happened— Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) December 4, 2012
Why can’t I ever catch people doing shit like that? I’d have given him the stereo after I whooped his ass.— Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) December 4, 2012
This is the universe paying me back for being a knucklehead & stealing alllll kinds of shit when I was younger.— Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) December 4, 2012
Dude took a $5 iPod USB cord but left my Ray-Bans. Appreciate that.— Jason High (@KCBanditMMA) December 4, 2012
SEAGAL IS OUT OF HIS MIND
Steven Seagal saying GSP is not great is like a monkey saying fishes can't swim!— Siyar The Great (@SiyarTheGreat) December 4, 2012
SINCE WHEN DID MCDONALD'S TASTE GOOD?
Had some mac donalds today! After a longgggg time! Man it was good! #junkfood— TyroneSpong (@Tyrone_spong) December 4, 2012
DUDE'S PHONE NEEDS AUTOCORRECT
I never said I was fighting Struve one of u guys I telling stories— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) December 4, 2012
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's FanPost of the Day comes courtesy T.P. Grant who grappled with his first ever bout of staph infection:
So gonna share some experiences somewhat informally as I know have a better understanding of what it is to have one of these. First of all, the one thing that jumped out to me is something the fighters never mention, but these things fucking hurt. My hand was so swollen on Sat it was useless and everything hurt. Leaving it still just had a throbbing pain, trying to move the fingers caused shooting pain, and if I let my hand hang down that caused serious pain also. I was completely unable to sleep Friday night.
Second, these things move fast. I can see why fighters, who are used to having some aches, pains, and swelling might not realize what is happening until it is a serious infection. Happily I caught it early, but it was a close call to keeping me at the hospital a few days to give me several IVs worth of medicine. It also didn't spread beyond my hand to make me sick. In less than a week this can wreck your whole month.
Finally, I didn't actually have a cut. The best guess is that I had a slight abrasion on my finger and that is where the infection set up shop. And I don't know exactly how I got it, but my best guess is from the gi from someone at BJJ. So let this be a lesson, WASH YOUR GI! It might not effect you but you also could get your training partner really sick.