Dana White: ‘Anderson Silva will be back by the end of the year’
Tomorrow night in Dallas, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler meet for the vacant welterweight belt at UFC 171. UFC President Dana White says the man who vacated that title, Georges St. Pierre, has not retired and will be back in the cage once he deals with personal problems.
“This whole thing has been blown out of proportion,” White told The Jim Rome Show. “He was going to deal with these personal problems and then come back. Nowhere does it say Georges St. Pierre retired or anything like that. Once he gets this stuff cleared, he’ll come back and fight whoever has the belt.”
Speaking of comebacks, White said he spent time with former middleweight king Anderson Silva recently and was amazed with how he’s bounced back from that nasty broken leg he suffered against Chris Weidman at UFC 168. White thinks the former champion will be in the octagon before by year’s end.
“I was out with Anderson Silva a couple weeks ago in LA,” said White. “I saw him squat with weight. I saw him do leg extensions with that broken leg. I saw him rolling, doing jujitsu, and I saw him lock in a triangle with his feet. It’s unbelievable how fast this guy’s recovering and there’s no doubt Anderson Silva will be back by the end of the year.”
White was also asked about UFC’s Women’s Bantamweight Ronda Rousey’s strategy in a fight against Floyd Mayweather, and sided with his champion.
“If you want to talk about a real fight, the MMA person wins every time. If you want to talk about a boxing match, the boxer definitely does,” said White. “Floyd Mayweather weighs a hundred and thirty pounds, Ronda Rousey weighs a hundred and fifty. She would throw him right over her head.”