St. Pierre Talks Potential Superfight With Silva
In an interview with Radio-Canada's "Tout Le Monde en Parle" on Sunday, UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre spoke in detail for the first time about the long rumored super-fight between himself and middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Below are his comments as translated by MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani,
"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."
GSP is coming off a victory at UFC 154 where he defeated Carlos Condit to unify the welterweight title. Anderson Silva was also on hand, watching from the crowd, leading many to believe that he would challenge St. Pierre.