It’s one of the most-talked about “dream fights” in UFC history, and perhaps in all of MMA history. It would be an epic encounter between two of the most dominant UFC champions ever. Of course, I’m talking about UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre taking on UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva. People have been debating this topic and all its many facets for months, and recently, George St. Pierre made some interesting comments about the potential match-up that has caused some cynics to already claim that GSP is afraid of “The Spider”. So what exactly was said? Let’s find out.
Courtesy of Bloody Elbow, George St. Pierre recently said the following: “I don’t know (about fighting Anderson Silva)… Right now I’m focusing just on Jake Shields… It would take a long time (to add the size). Anderson Silva is a huge guy… He’s very big… I don’t know if I’m going to go up (to) 185… It’s a complete reorientation of my career. I have a lot to lose and I haven’t thought about it, I haven’t sat down to talk about it.”
I’d like to start out by saying one thing plainly and clearly: I don’t think Georges St. Pierre is afraid of Anderson Silva.
I think George St. Pierre respects Anderson Silva, and I think GSP is smart enough to know just how much he could lose if he were to come out on the wrong end of this mega-match.
It is not a sign of weakness to give Anderson Silva the credit he deserves. Anderson Silva has looked human in the UFC on one occasion: when he fought Chael Sonnen. And he won that bout. And every other time he’s stepped inside the Octagon, Silva has schooled, dismantled, destroyed, and even clowned his opponents. Even Georges St. Pierre cannot say that: he’s lost twice inside the Octagon, although those two losses were the only losses of his professional MMA career.
In a way, I’m honestly glad that GSP is focusing solely on his upcoming opponent and not a match-up with Anderson Silva that may or may not ever materialize. I think St. Pierre learned to never look past his next opponent when Matt Serra shocked the world and beat him, and ever since that loss St. Pierre has been unstoppable. I firmly believe that Georges St. Pierre will beat Jake Shields, but only because I believe Georges when he says that he’s fully committed to this upcoming fight and solely focusing on how he’s going to beat the former Strikeforce and EliteXC Champion.
In the end, this is one topic that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So I say: let’s let GSP focus on Jake Shields, because that’s the fight that helped sell out the Rogers Centre with over 55,000 tickets sold. That’s the fight that helped the UFC sell out a stadium, shattering both their attendance record and their gate receipt records. That’s the fight that has to take precedence and priority, even if everyone wants to see the champion vs. champion dream fight. And that’s not fear talking: it’s common sense.
And what about you, fans and friends? What do you make of GSP’s recent comments?