Georges St Pierre goes blah blah blah blah don’t expect me to fight Anderson Silva any time soon. Steve Cofield, god bless him, goads Georges by asking him straight up if he’s afraid to fight Anderson Silva:
“That’s not what I said. What I said is it’s a complete re-orientation of my career. People are saying crazy stuff, like “Oh, you just have to gain 30 pounds and take the fight and fight him in three months.” I can’t (gain) 30 pounds in three months. It would take a lot more than that. If I want to go up in weight class.”
“Plus, (Anderson) Silva fights at light heavyweight as well. So he walks around at … he’s probably 40 pounds heavier than I am (off season). So if I fight this fight, it might be at a catch weight. If it happens.”
“It’s something I’m not thinking about right now because it’s not my number one priority. I’ve had a lot of success at 170. If I move to 185, I need to talk to my sponsors, my trainers. It’s a complete change of life. Do I want to take the risk, maybe yes. Maybe It’s going to be a great challenge. Maybe, no. But I have to talk with my trainers. … I have to fight Jake Shields, I think Anderson Silva has to fight Yushin Okami.”
“I’m not afraid of nobody in the world. I’m a martial artist. If it happens [with] the right timing and everything, if it is how I want it, and how he wants it. I fight whoever they want. I can fight everyone in the world. I don’t mind.”
Just for reference, I don’t believe anyone thinks GSP is ‘afraid’ of Anderson Silva. But it’s hard to say he’s not afraid of losing, which of course is perfectly normal for an athlete who’s spent the last 4 years listening to people talk shit over that Matt Serra loss.
But I don’t buy the whole line of thinking that we as fans are doing something wrong by demanding this fight of him, and ignoring the Jake Shields fight as if it ain’t no big thing. Yeah, Jake Shields is a serious opponent. But we also know he’s got holes in his game you can fly a jumbo jet through.
We all know it’s Georges’ fight to lose, and that pretty much sums it up for every potential fight he’s got left at 170. Meanwhile, there’s kinda this once in a lifetime superfight between the world’s two best pound for pound fighters that could take the sport to the next level. But it’s wrong for us to ask this of Georges because Anderson is one whole weightclass up.