It’s fair to say that Georges St.Pierre has never been particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of facing Anderson Silva, and judging by his first major interview since defeating Carlos Condit at UFC 154, he appears ready to pour cold water on plans to host the superfight in the summer of next year.
GSP was asked about the fight on the “Tout Le Monde en Parle” show on Radio Canada, and you can read his full answer below (translated by MMAfighting.com).
“This fight is the cherry on the sundae. 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.”
If St.Pierre does opt of the fight in 2013 then there are some significant fights still left for him at welterweight, with Johny Hendricks having made a strong case for the No.1 contender spot with his stunning KO’s of both Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch, while he also has unfinished business with former Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz as well.
Dana White has his heart set on Silva Vs GSP taking place in May of next year however, and he’s not going to be easily put off, knowing that this would be the biggest fight in the history of the sport, and that Silva isn’t getting any younger.