GSP: Is the UFC Placing Unfair Pressure on Him to Fight Anderson Silva?
With a title fight against Carlos Condit around the corner, the last thing Georges St-Pierre needs to be worried about is a possible superfight with Anderson Silva.
For months, UFC President Dana White has been adamant about putting together a superfight pitting Silva against either St-Pierre or light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.
A fight against Jones would be the most logical choice for Silva, but the pound-for-pound kingpin would rather test his luck against the French-Canadian superstar, who is coming off a major knee injury and a 19-month layoff.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell St-Pierre isn't interested in moving up to face Silva. Outside of fielding questions from media and fans, he never talks about fighting Silva or moving up in weight.
He typically deflects every question regarding the topic with rehearsed answers.
Fans are always left hoping St-Pierre will finally move up in weight and make the dream fight a reality when he cleans out the welterweight division, but when will that be?
The welterweight division is arguably the most stacked weight class in the entire sport. If he gets past Condit, St-Pierre has a horde of contenders standing in line for a shot at UFC gold.
Guys like Nick Diaz, Johny Hendricks, Demian Maia, Jake Ellenberger, Martin Kampmann, Rory MacDonald, Nate Marquardt and Tyron Woodley are all fresh contenders with a legit shot at ousting the welterweight champ.
Why would St-Pierre move up in weight with so many challenges still left at 170 pounds?
For White, it's all about giving the fans the fights they want to see. A superfight between Silva and St-Pierre would be the biggest event in UFC history.
Silva is expected to attend and cheer for St-Pierre during his fight with Condit at UFC 154. The rumor mill is buzzing that Silva will actually enter the cage and challenge St-Pierre to fight—if he is victorious.
During a media conference call for UFC 154, White shed light on the recent murmurings behind the scenes.
There's no doubt Anderson Silva [is] showing up to cheer Georges St-Pierre on, and he wants him to win this fight. He wants to fight him after. So I would say yes [he will challenge him in the cage].
This kind of talk could place extra pressure on St-Pierre, who already faces a significant challenge in Condit on November 17.
There are so many factors in the welterweight title bout that most haven't even taken into consideration.
How will ring rust factor in? Will St-Pierre even be the same fighter after such a serious injury?
Even if St-Pierre manages to defeat Condit, it could take a couple more bouts before he's truly back into the swing of things.
The fight against Condit is one of the toughest bouts in St-Pierre's career, and it makes little sense to distract him with a proposed superfight he doesn't appear to be the slightest bit interested in.
Until the time is right, some things are just better left unsaid.
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