GSP:Anderson Silva fight will happen on my terms, not his
The Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva super fight isn't a done deal just yet, and if GSP gets his way, it may not happen for a while.
In his first major interview since his UFC 154 win over Carlos Condit last weekend, St-Pierre told Radio-Canada's "Tout Le Monde en Parle" ("Everyone is Talking") on Sunday night that the time just isn't right for him to fight Silva.
Below are his translated comments about the fight:
"This fight is the cherry on the sundae," he said. "He wants to fight me so he can then retire. I would like to fight him too, but after I fight him and win the fight, what happens next? These days, yeah, there's a lot of money to be made, but I don't fight for the money. My motivation is to be the best. Like we said, to be the Wayne Gretzky of my sport. So if I fight him, what happens next? 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.
"On top of that, he weighs 234 pounds; I weigh 188. So there's a big weight difference. I've fought guys who were bigger -- I'm not scared of him -- it's just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me. 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."
Other notes from the show:
* GSP wore sunglasses throughout the entire interview because he said he had yet to fully heal from the Condit fight.
* GSP said he had Christmas dinner last year at Sylvester Stallone's house after his doctor wouldn't clear him to fly home from Los Angeles following knee surgery.
* Arnold Schwarzenegger called to congratulate him after last weekend's win.
* He thinks he could fight until he's 45 years old, but he guarantees he will be retired by then.
* The host said GSP makes approximately $15 million a year in addition to his UFC fight purses. GSP did not disagree.
* He said he's not quite the Gretzky of MMA but maybe the Joe Sakic.
I say good for GSP. The one question I had regarding the superfight is what was in it for Georges? He had a lot more to lose than to gain out of this fight. Watching him fight Condit (and Shields for that matter) made me realize that Georges just isn't a middleweight. His frame is built for 170. Even if he were to defeat Anderson, then what? What would there be left for him to do? Go back to 170? Move up to 185, continue to fight bigger, stronger fighters where the risk for injury and his health would further be put on the line. No. He should stay at 170 where he belongs, Anderson is welcome to join him there. If Georges wants to move up and fight Anderson, Anderson will be the first to know.
Re: GSP:Anderson Silva fight will happen on my terms, not his
I would way rather see Silva vs Jones. For one Silva would kill gsp no problems because of his monstrous size advantage and also jones is much more exciting fighter than gsp. I get that he's a great fighter but holy shit are his fights boring. I would have minimal interest in seeing gsp vs silva as opposed to silva vs bones jones