While UFC welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre has been busy working his way back to full fitness in preparation for his next title defense against Carlos Condit, speculation has been rife that a ‘superfight’ with Anderson Silva will finally happen in 2013.
However, it appears that GSP himself is still as hesitant as ever to talk about it, and in fact seems unhappy that it’s even being mentioned at all.
“It’s terrible [that people are talking about a fight with Anderson Silva,” St.Pierre tells MMAWeekly. “I hate that, but I’m not focusing on that. I’m not speculating. I’m thinking about Condit right now, that’s what I should do.”
If anything, GSP appears to have an eye on further challengers at welterweight currently looking to get their shot at the belt.
“I feel like I have a lot of guys that are there [at 170lbs] and I don’t understand why people are going crazy now, but I just came back from an injury, so maybe some people see me as a weak link. We’ll see what’s going to happen in the future.”.
Much of the superfight talk has come from Silva’s camp, with the middleweight champion himself saying that he wanted to fight him whether he wins or loses against Condit.
Dana White has also hinted that the fight could happen after GSP Vs Condit, but on the other hand there’s been mixed message coming out of the Canadian’s camp.
His coach Firas Zahabi claimed that the fighter told him he wants to fight Silva and mentioned the possibility of a catchweight, but meanwhile just last week his boxing trainer Freddie Roach said he’d spoken to him and he didn’t think the fight was going to happen.
So, in all honesty I’m not sure we’re all that much further forward than we were a year or two ago. It seems to me that GSP is rightly cautious about taking this fight, perhaps now more than ever given that he’s coming back from such a serious injury, and probably wouldn’t need much persuasion to just stick where he is and fight the winner of Kampmann Vs Hendricks, or get that fight with Nick Diaz that he seemed so fired up about earlier in the year.
If he does beat Condit convincingly there’s going to be more pressure than ever to make this fight happen though, so it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out.