UFC fans have been patiently waiting to hear whether Georges St-Pierre will accept the Anderson Silva’s challenge to fight. Well I have good news and bad news for you fans. The good news is that GSP says he will fight Silva. The bad news is that I wouldn’t expect the fight anytime soon.
Vigilante MMA has the translation of a recent appearance that Georges St-Pierre made on Radio-Canada’s T out Le Monde en Parle. GSP was asked the obvious question about Silva and here is what the champ had to say.
“He wants to fight me so he can then retire,” GSP said. “I would like to fight him too, but after I fight him and win the fight, what happens next?”
The real issue here is the timing according to GSP.
“If I fight him, what happens next?” he asked. “It will be over. So yes, I want the fight, but I want to take it when I decide the time is right, not when he wants the fight to happen.”
In other words the champion will not be bullied into this fight. Frankly the way that the UFC and Silva, more specifically the UFC have tried to publicly pressure GSP into taking this fight has been obnoxious. GSP is arguably the number two draw in the UFC, attempts to fight three times a year, and has done everything asked of the UFC throughout his career. GSP has said numerous times that he has very little interest in taking the fight and making him look like a coward is not doing anyone any good.
But not all is lost. GSP does say he will take the fight but it will be on his terms.
“I just came back from an injury, there’s money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there; and if I fight him, I will have to gain weight, while he will have to lose weight, and then afterwards, I won’t be able to come back to my weight class. First and foremost, I have things to do at 170 pounds. When I am ready and when I want the fight, that’s when it will happen.”
The biggest issue all along from GSP’s side has been weight. It is ironic because here you have a guy that is willing to do it right if he was to put on the weight yet the UFC wants to rush the fight as soon as May. There are plenty of other fighters who may take short cuts but GSP is not only committed to putting on the weight but on possibly staying at 185 if he were to do so.
I don’t think an objective fan could argue with what GSP is saying here. The welterweight division is full of worthy of challengers and you have to commend the guy who as champion, wishes to defend the belt against all of them. Quite a difference from Silva who appears to have no interest in defending his title in the middleweight division wouldn’t you say?
I have never been a big fan of the fight. I think there are weight classes for a reason. If GSP had fought on and off at middleweight like Silva does at light heavyweight, I’d say go for it. But here you have a case where two guys are completely mismatched in size and the smaller guy appears more interested in cementing his legacy in his division rather than cashing in on the super fight.
The UFC is going to have a hard time making this one happen.
If you know French, here is the interview
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