UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently spoke about a prospective bout with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. While UFC President Dana White has said that he will make the bout happen, the St-Pierre has remained the one obstacle in making the bout happen. The welterweight champion – fresh off his recent UFC 154 victory – recently spoke to Radio-Canada’s “Tout Le Monde en Parle” (“Everyone is Talking”) this past Sunday.
“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.”
This situation will be an interesting one to track with both the UFC and Silva clearly wanting the bout to happen. Silva has recently expressed his willingness to drop to a catchweight but it has not had any effect of St-Pierre’s position on the bout.
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