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GSP to Lightweight? Does GSP Have Zero Interest in the Anderson Silva Fight?

Mar 15, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Georges St.Pierre during the weight-in for UFC 158 at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Dustin FilloyFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2013

It's no rarity for fans and pundits to run out of superlatives when attempting to describe longtime UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre.

Since joining the UFC in 2004, St-Pierre has used brute strength, cat-like agility and a superior intellect, among many other qualities, to impose his will on the world's best 170-pounders.

After temporarily losing his belt to Matt Serra at UFC 69, "GSP" regained the interim title two fights later and then vindicated his setback to Serra at UFC 83.

But eight straight title defenses later, and with St-Pierre standing alone atop the welterweight division, it appears a superfight between pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva and GSP will never come to fruition.

Because Silva's 38 years old and probably more likely to entertain a fight with Jon Jones, and St-Pierre's admittedly on the homestretch of a storied career, GSP's realistically in a better position to drop a weight class and take on lightweight champ Benson Henderson.

St-Pierre reaffirmed the theory that a fight with Silva probably won't happen because of weight issues on an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience in April:


I don't do much cutting. It would be easier for me to go fight at 155 than fighting at 185. I would be more at my weight naturally at 155.There's guys at 155 that walk around at 190 like me. They think I'm big because I have a large frame, but I'm not a big guy. I'm not thick.

St-Pierre also essentially said that because of Silva's significant size advantage, the fight would have to take place at a catch weight between 170 and 185.

Anderson Silva is very big. He's 230 pounds. He's a very big guy walking around, and I'm 190 pounds. It's a lot of weight difference. If this fight happens one day, we're going to have to decide what weight class and everything.

For now though, Silva can only prepare for budding prospect Chris Weidman, who "The Spider" will lock horns with at UFC 162 this summer. 

St-Pierre, on the contrary, will most likely face heavy-hitting wrestler Johny Hendricks in his next bout, although GSP has gotten no official word yet from the UFC's brass on the bout's specifics.

Granted, UFC president Dana White immediately squashed the idea of Henderson bumping up to 170 to square of with St-Pierre, but White never nixed the idea of GSP descending to 155.

So hypothetically, if St-Pierre can get past Hendricks, then White will have no choice but to allow GSP to take whichever superfight he most desires before he ends his brilliant career.

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