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White to let St-Pierre rest, but 'will make' GSP v Silva

ESPN staff
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UFC president Dana White will give Georges St-Pierre at least two weeks to recover from his win at UFC 154 before starting talks over a May superfight with Anderson Silva.

Silva was present as GSP made a stunning return from injury, winning a classic against Condit after five hard rounds.

The welterweight champion held an ice pack to his head as he answered questions in the post-fight press conference, and White said he would not even talk to GSP for two weeks so that the Canadian can recover.

However, talking to Fox Sports, White maintained that St-Pierre v Silva will be made for a May 2013 event, despite St-Pierre refusing to commit to the fight after his victory.

"It's the No. 1 best pound-for-pound fighter in the world against the No. 2 best pound-for-pound fighter in the world," White told Fox Sports. "It's a big fight.

"We think people want to see it, and we think the guys want to do it, so we'll do it. They will fight, and it will probably be in May or around May.

"[St-Pierre] is lumped up. He's sore. He feels like he just got hit by a bus, I'm sure. He hasn't fought in 18 months. I'll make this fight. We're going to sit down with Anderson, probably in the next two weeks, and I'm sure we're going to sit down and talk to St-Pierre and his team, too.

"Who knows? Maybe we go into this thing, and St-Pierre says, 'Absolutely not,' but I just don't see that happening."

White also revealed that Silva said to him after GSP's fight, "I'm ready".

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