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GSP on fighting Silva: When I’m ready and want the fight, that’s when it will happen


Undisputed UFC Welterweight champion, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, once again spoke about the possibility of getting inside the cage with Anderson Silva, and his decision-making process behind what would be the biggest fight in MMA history.

St. Pierre once again mentioned Anderson Silva’s size advantage, but also stated that “The Spider” wants this superfight as his retirement bout. In contrast to GSP’s comments, Anderson Silva recently stated that he would like to take an extended vacation from fighting. Silva wants to concentrate on his private life, with sights on a late 2013 return to the Octagon.

Such decision would give St. Pierre an opportunity to test his skills against Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz, and other fighters in the extremely competitive UFC Welterweight division:

Quotes via CagePotato.com

“[Silva] 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. 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.”

Anderson Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, recently related to another superfight available for his client – UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones. According to Soares, Silva is much closer to Georges St. Pierre in terms of physical attributes than he is to Jon Jones. GSP has a different opinion, and that might be the most important factor behind his decision to decline, or at least to postpone the superfight with Silva.

To sum things up, St. Pierre made it crystal clear he’s the one to decide whether this dream match-up will become a reality:

“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 currently 23-2 in his MMA career, with 7 consecutive UFC Welterweight title defenses.

  • and there is the fight gone!

    • damn anymore excuses for dodging silva?

      safety first george

      • when a guy says " im not scared of him" he usually is

        • Well in all fairness to Georges, he did legally add "Safe" To his last name.

          • george wants to be the "wayne gretzky" of mma
            but he wont fight the GOAT?

            george how about you finish fights in spectacular fashion

            like jose aldo, jone jones, anderson silva

          • Georges can be Gretzky in his head, but Anderson Silva will continue to be the Michael Jordan/Pele/Ali of the sport of MMA.

          • Anderson is the Sugar Ray RObinson of MMA. The Greatest Boxer of all-time. Let's not get it twisted.

          • It's M. Ali, EH.

          • http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/greatest/featureVideo?page=greatest110


            Don't question it bro. There's a reason the boxing writer's association of America has a yearly award named after Sugar Ray.

            Ali might be the most famous. But he deferred to Ray when not hyping a fight.

          • @Evan personally I think Ali is the GOAT but I do realise a lot of people more knowledgable than me in boxing call Sugar Ray the best. Personally if Mayweather sticks around for a few more years, I would consider him one of the best… his fight with Cotto showed how unbelievably great he is

          • Ali was not the GOAT. I assume you mean Robinson not Leonard when you say Sugar Ray.

          • And Pacman would beat Mayweather.

          • No way.

            Pac Man's style feeds right into Mayweather's defensive mastery.

          • Well Said, HB. MoneyMay would demolish Pac.

          • Of course.

            Although, IMO Ray L is criminally underrated by established boxing writers.

          • @Underdog I'd replace Pele with Messi

          • @onemoredumbass your arguement is GSP isn't as good a finisher as 3 of the best finishes in the history of the sport?? How about asking Anderson, Jose or Jon to win 33 rounds in a row against the elite of the elite. Georges isn't about finishing, it's about pure domination. Also he looked a lot more aggresive and went for the finish in his last fight but Condit is one of the toughest guys going so you can't fault him for not stoping him

      • Exactly!!! No way does Silva weigh 234??!! BS all the way from Georges…

    • Hes a DUCK! Lol

  • Translation:

    "[Silva] 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."

    I will never fight Anderson Silva.

    " I’m not scared of him, it’s just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me."

    Have you guys ever seen Silva fight before? This guy can finish me off with his knees, legs, elbows. He can finish me off with a front kick, a jab, or better yet, he can do it with his forehead. He also can submit me off his back. Yup, I lied, I'm actually afraid of him.

    "I’ve fought guys who were bigger" Yeah right.

    "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."

    Hmm – I'll fight him after he retires, haha.

    "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."

    I will NEVER fight him.

    • i think Gsp wants to fight him but its no surprise the dude is backing out at this moment. he just came off a year and a half lay off and got beat up pretty bad in his last fight. Not the moment u wanna have going into a fight with a much bigger fighter who is consider the best P4P

    • GSP recovered from a bad, bad ACL injury… that's more scary than anyone he will ever fight

  • Anderson cuts 50 lbs to fight?That would suck Ive met him and he looked about 205 maybe smaller.

    • Certainly NOT smaller than 205

    • When Anderson is in fight shape, he's around 205 lbs tops, he may touch 220 when he's hitting the buffet between fights. This stuff about how Anderson is so much bigger than him is just GSP making lame excuses.

      • Luke Thomas on walking around weight: "It's a crude measurement

        But it’s a proxy for saying ‘this is a guy’s true size’. Walking around weight is what a fighter basically is when he’s reasonably active, i.e. who they ‘really’ are. But as I stated, it’s a really crude measurement.

        For example, Mike Easton fights at 135 pounds. He trains all the time, so he’s always in some sort of shape, but his walk around weight is about 157 pounds. Those numbers are meaningless without context, so the context is that he’s a big bantamweight (relatively speaking) and I can tell you personally he has zero issues cutting weight. He gets down and up easily. We reference his walking around weight as a way of saying most bantamweights don’t cut that much and when they do, they don’t cut it as easily.

        Other fights can’t cut as much. Others can cut more. Some weight classes generally have guys who can cut more, others do not. Based a variety of referential measurements, ‘walking around weight’ is about cobbling together a picture of how big a guy really is. In the end, though, it may not really matter.

        The only time it can be helpful is when there’s a huge disparity, e.g. GSP and Silva. I’ve seen both of those jokers up close and personal a number of times. Silva is much, much bigger."

  • Does Silva really walk around at over 230? I know Burger King is his sponsor but that number sounds far too high…..

    • He weighed at 230 in preparation for UFC 148. I think he dropped down a little bit but I doubt it's possible to cut 25 REAL (not only water) pounds in just a couple of months.

    • gsp is just looking for a way out.

      anderson silva walks around 198- 200

      gsp just admitted he walks around 188- 190

    • AS easily walks around between 220 – 230–Soares and others of spoken of him being in that range. ie: 225. I have heard other reports of Silva being up to 235 between fights–but it is not necessarily flab. Silva gains muscle between fights. I have seen training videos where his arms were huge.

  • Loooool, anderson does not weigh freaking 234. GSP is thinking of another champion a weight class up. Anderson weigh in at his last fight underweight no problem. That being said, GSP is a great fighter, but he knows damn well who the G.O.A.T. is. And any man should be wary of being locked in a cage with him

    • Fighters constantly weigh in under the limit and baloon up.

      This weekend Carlos QUintana and Keith Thurman weighed in under weight (152 for Quintana and 151 for Thurman). For fight time Quintana was 165 and Thurman was 161.

  • Ok, GSP is a UFC champ and he has multiple contacts in the world of MMA, not only on the internet, so I guess if he wanted to know how heavy Silva is, he knows it right about now. He's not the type of guy who will go out and publicly say some false info about another fighter.

  • The weight game makes if very confusing to assess a fighter's true size on fight night. A rule of thumb is that most of today's fighters–with a few exceptions, fight at 10- 25 pounds more than on weigh-in day. Many LHW's cut a lot of weight, and also MW's. And don't forget Anthony Johnson fighting at WW? GSP used to be about 180-185 lbs fight weight until he fought Alves, and after that he went up to 190. There is absolutely no doubt that Silva is a much bigger fighter than GSP–and even at at a catch-weight of 177, he still would probably be close to 205 on fight night.

  • For all the people who say GSP is ducking Anderson silva..come on really?! your that stupid. These guys fight for a living. Win or Lose. Period. George has just come back from a nasty knee injury, Has the fight of his life, and you thing he should just jump back in there. GSP is a perfectionist. Look at his training,life style, and the way he fights. He does everything to make sure he has the best advantage possible and I don't blame the guy. Plus if Anderson Silva really want a challenge so bad why doesn't he just go fight John. Is he scared? I think so..Do it Anderson! GO FIGHT JOHN! What are you waiting for?

  • Silva just needs to go to 170 and take the belt from him.

    • If it's at all possible, then that would be the best solution, all round. Sores told us only
      a few weeks back, that Silva could make 170. That, according to The Champ, himself.
      It would be absolutely amazing if he could. That's the real Silva / GSP fight I'd like to
      see. A fight for the 170 belt and forget this catch-weight, crap.

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  • What a kentucky fried chicken

  • i see anderson vs jones happening. anderson doesn't seem interested in the fights in his weight class. maybe bisping, but i don't see that either

  • All I see is that there is a lot of pressure on George. I think he should take his time and not 'rush'. Fans in the fight business can be tough to please so that should be a top priority when deciding when and who to fight next.

  • Anderson Silva is definitely closer in size to Jon Jones than GSP but he's afraid of Jon Jones. Brazillians don't understand "pick on somebody your own size".

  • Gsp has still a lot of challenge left in the WW division and he has to take care of that first.
    silva steamrolled MW division a long time ago and Jones is fighting 185 pounders…
    therefore silva/jones would make a lot more sense…

  • In the words of Bart Scott: CAN'T WAIT

  • The truth of the matter is that 46 pounds is a lot of weight difference .
    Gsp is right for reconsidering the fight for that reason.

    The fight that makes reason is Anderson vs Bones

  • that makes sense i meant

  • After the condit fight and the size of the ice bag on GSP's head, he'd be thinking whether his trainers can get an even bigger ice bag for his head after a fight with Silva…

    There is no way GSp is taking this fight with Silva….If GSP was completely dominant, sidestepping spinning back kicks from condit, keeeping his hands down like the Silva skill set then he would be saying lets do this fight asap.

    Poor old george is banged up in Montreal realising he was in a war that condit almost won with that head kick.

    GSp can wrestle and has a good top game but apart from that, his skills on the feet are not matched with Silva.

    GSP has alot to gain with a win in terms of legacy and money, but also a major potential beating and humiliation to his status. I'd be recommending for him to watch Silva fight Jones then decide what he wants to do….But I wouldn;t be the first to take on Silva.

  • I noticed in an interview the other day, Anderson saying to Ariel Helwani, in English, that he has a plan.
    A plan to finish off his career on a high note, just as it should be, he`s obviously had a superb career.
    I personaly think this plan he has, is to fight GSP, if he beats GSP then he will move up to fight Jones and finish his fighting career in a blaze of glory.
    And then , of course, all he has to do is retire! the easy part.

  • Maybe now we can get to see GSP / Hughes 4.

  • Hopefully people will stop talking about this fight and we can move on to Jones vs. Silva and GSP vs. Hendricks aka the actually intriguing fights.

  • Amazing how many haters there these days.

  • i completely agree with gsp. silva is the one who wants the fight, not gsp. so if he wants it so bad he should give up his belt and go to the welterweight division.