UFC 129: St-Pierre says, "I Can Beat Anderson Silva."
Fighters are some of the most confident people on the planet. They say they can beat their opponent on anyday while still remaining humble and giving their opponent the respect they deserve.
Well one fighter can definitely back up that talk, and that fighter is UFC welterweight champion, Georges St-Pierre.
GSP has been one of the top stars in the UFC and is a mega-star in Canada. GSP was the first UFC star to be a part of the Gatorade series and his status as one of the best in the world is unmatched and unheralded.
In an interview with the MMA Fight Corner presented by FiveKnuckles.com, GSP remained his humble self and talked about his upcoming opponent, Jake Shields, in advance of their UFC 129 bout on April 30th.
"He's got some advantages over me like I've mentioned before, it's all true," GSP said. "The guy hasn't lost in 6 years, that's why I really like the challenge. To tell you the truth, a lot of the guys that I've fought before they want to get me involved in an exchange to try to catch me with a wild punch and knock me out. That was the main thing they wanted to do and how they wanted to win the fight."
GSP talks about how dangerous a fighter Shields is. Shields hasn't lost a match in 15 bouts and has recently claimed a title in Strikeforce's middleweight division before recently coming over to the UFC. Shields faced Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut and won by split decision.
Who wins between GSP and Silva?
"Jake Shields is a much different opponent than all the guys I have fought recently," GSP said. "He actually has the skills to beat me, to put me in danger and really beat me. He doesn't count on a one punch K.O. So for me it's a great fight. He's the most dangerous guy that I've fought in my career and I really welcome the challenge. That's why I'm very excited for the fight. I'm very happy that I get to fight a guy, you know, that's on top of the food chain. The other guys I fought before were top of the food chain, but Jake Shields really stands out from the other guys."
Shields stands out so much that GSP believes if he were to move up a division, Shields would be his successor to the throne of the welterweight division. Not to mention, Shields could be champion at middleweight as well. A seat currently occupied by No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Anderson Silva.
"I think it would be Jake Shields; I think he would be number one at 170 [if I left the division.]", GSP said. "Also, I'm going to go even further than that, I think Jake Shields could be champion at 185 as well. That's how good of a fighter he is. People don't know how good this guy is. It's the most dangerous fight of my career. People always talk to me about Silva... they look past Jake Shields."
GSP also talked about the possible rumors of the bout between himself and Silva which seem to have taken a weird turn since Silva's next opponent will be Yushin Okami in Brazil come August.
"We don't know because I have another fight," said GSP. "Silva is a different weight class so it would take a reorientation of my career. And for me it would be foolish to look past Jake Shields. I don't want to do that. I'll have to sit down with my trainer and with the UFC as well, which I haven't done yet, and we're going to have to look at the whole picture. Right now, I haven't considered what I'm going to do but fight Shields."
For anyone who thinks that what GSP may be ducking the fight or running away from Silva, GSP says he can beat the middleweight champion.
"I can beat Anderson Silva," GSP said. "Every guy can beat every guy, it's just the way you fight them. Nobody is invincible. Anybody can make a mistake and everybody can be beaten. Anderson Silva has lost before. Most of the good guys have lost before. They lost because they made a mistake and it happens to everyone. No one is invincible."
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