MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White expects middleweight champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva of Brazil to aim for not just one, but two mega-fights.
Silva and his team have hinted over the past few weeks that they are interested in a fight against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (GSP).
But in an interview with MMA Mania, White said he expects Silva to also aim for a mega-fight with light-heavyweight king Jon "Bones" Jones.
"So, here's how this whole thing has gone down, and you guys have seen it play out. Anderson and GSP were talking like they didn't want to fight. Now, if St-Pierre beats Carlos Condit, he's saying he wants to fight Anderson, and Anderson is saying he wants to fight him," White said.
"So that fight will probably happen first."
St-Pierre has said he does not welcome talks of a Silva mega-fight, preferring instead to focus on his title defense against Condit at UFC 154.
But if the Silva-St-Pierre fight happens, White fully expects a Silva-Jones bout to follow.
"Now, Anderson and Jones are saying, 'We don't wanna fight. We're buddies,'" he said, referring to statements made by Silva and Jones that they would never fight each other out of mutual respect.
"But he (Jones) didn't want to fight Rashad Evans either, and that happened," White pointed out.
Jones and Evans had a falling out and eventually fought each other at UFC 145, with Jones prevailing by unanimous decision.
"So, as you start to get to a point where Anderson is, in his career – he’s beat everyone. He's broken every record in the UFC. If he beats Georges St-Pierre, I guarantee you he'll be eyeballing Jon Jones next," White said.
Silva is coming off a second round technical knockout victory over Chael Sonnen at UFC 148, which was his 10th straight title defense and his 15th straight victory at the UFC.
Silva has said that he will not fight for the rest of 2012, preferring to heal his injuries in time for his 2013 campaign.