In Georges St-Pierre's eyes, Chael Sonnen may be in a better place mentally than Anderson Silva.
During an interview with SportsNet.ca, the reigning UFC welterweight champ gave his thoughts on the uncharacteristic remarks made by Silva at the UFC 148 Media Call.
"[Sonnen] wants to get in Anderson Silva's head, and he did it. That's what he wants, because when you fight with emotion, you don't fight smart.
The crowd, they love it. (Silva) he's going to go crazy but he can make a mistake if you do that. It's a big mistake. You have to go back to the reason he's a champion. And the reason he's a champion is because he fights smart, he's skilled. More skilled than the other guys...He brings the fight where he is the best. He doesn't go crazy."
Against a world-class wrestler like Sonnen, Silva has to be weary of opening himself up to easy takedowns if he pursues an overaggressive approach.
Silva has been insulted by Sonnen in every way possible, and for two years, he turned the other cheek and continued on with his training. His silence came to an end at the UFC 148 conference call, where he threatened to "break Sonnen's teeth" and "change the image of the sport."
St-Pierre has dealt with his fair share of pre-fight bullies. His UFC 124 showdown with Josh Koscheck is the first bout that comes to mind. Koscheck insulted St-Pierre and his country, but as always, the French Canadian avoided the pre-fight chatter and did his talking in the Octagon.
With that said, Koscheck never crossed the line like Sonnen, who has made a plethora of inappropriate remarks about Silva's wife.
It is understandable why Silva is filled with so much anger and frustration, but in fighting, the mental game is just as important as the physical one.
An angry Anderson Silva may not be a good thing against Sonnen.
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