The demand for the Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre super fight is great. The time when the fans will get this demand is a mystery. The idea looks amazing on paper. But in reality, there are still many loopholes to go through and as far as GSP is concerned, there is no reason for this fight to happen any time soon.
Last night, GSP gave a radio interview in his native Canada where he goes into detail about why logically it does not make sense to fight Silva now. Here are some highlights of what he said:
“He wants to fight me so he can then retire. I would like to fight him too, but after I fight him and win the fight, what happens next?”
“So if I fight him, what happens next? It will be over. So yes, I want the fight, but I want to take it when I decide the time is right, not when he wants the fight to happen.”
“On top of that, he weighs 234 pounds; I weigh 188. So there’s a big weight difference. I’ve fought guys who were bigger — I’m not scared of him — it’s just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me. I just came back from an injury, there’s money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there, and if I fight him, I will have to gain weight, while he will have to lose weight, and then afterwards, I won’t be able to come back to my weight class.”
“First and foremost, I have things to do at 170 pounds. When I am ready and when I want the fight, that’s when it will happen.”
Yesterday, I talked about some negative aspects behind this super fight. One of the things I mentioned was that there are still plenty of other welterweight fighters for GSP. Another thing was that he was not 100 percent right now. Naturally, I agree with what GSP said in the interview.
He’s not being cowardly, he’s being intelligent. GSP is a smart guy–you can see it in his fighting and his method of training. If you ever ventured into the literary realms of Musashi or Sun Tzu, you will understand that fights are won with the mind.
If GSP really does want to fight Silva, then taking his time to prepare is the most intellectual approach. As long as both fighters are interested in this fight and are willing to jump through the necessary loopholes, then I see no reason why we shouldn’t wait a while for this.
After all, it wouldn’t be an interesting fight if GSP is not 100 percent prepared. Good things come to those who wait.