GSP: “I Still Believe Anderson Silva Is The Best In The World Pound-For-Pound”
Longtime UFC welterweight champion and top-3 pound-for-pound fighter, Georges St-Pierre, still believes Anderson Silva is the best fighter, pound-for-pound, despite his recent loss to Chris Weidman. GSP said that the fight also served to wake him up leading up to his own title defense against Johny Hendricks.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
In a recent media appearance, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre spoke about the recent upset at UFC 162 that saw Chris Weidman defeat pound-for-pound great, Anderson Silva.
As he prepares for his own title fight against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, GSP found Silva’s loss to be a wake up call.
“It made me realize that what I got, I’m the world champion now, it can go away in the blink of an eye,” St-Pierre said. “If I don’t pay attention, one punch, one submission, one mistake, and it can change the whole thing. [The fight] made me realize that I need to work very hard to maintain what I have. It gave me that motivation. It kind of woke me up a little bit.”
Perhaps UFC 162 looked all too familiar to St-Pierre, as he himself suffered a similar upset loss to Matt Serra at UFC 69.
“Basically, the law of fighting is the one you don’t see coming, that’s what’ll hurt you. It’s not really sometimes the power of the punch… The hook that caught Anderson Silva didn’t seem to be like a very powerful hook, but he knocked out Anderson because he didn’t see it coming… Same thing with a kick. When Carlos Condit hit me with his kick, and the punch from Matt Serra, the first punch that rocked me, it was a looping punch that I didn’t see coming. And Carlos Condit, same thing, it was a kick that I didn’t see coming… I never saw it coming at that’s what hurts you.”
The bottom line, though, is that a single loss does not blemish Silva’s position as the greatest fighter, at least for St-Pierre.
“I still believe Anderson Silva is the best in the world pound-for-pound. It’s a mistake he made. He got beat by Chris Weidman. I believe it was a style match-up and he got caught. I believe h’s the best in the world. Even the best can lose sometimes. When I saw that fight, you know, of course Chris Weidman is my friend and training partner, I was cheering fro him and I thought he was going to win because the style match-up and he was very well-prepared. But it made me realize when I was watching that fight that even the best can lose sometimes.
“As much as I feel happy for Chris because it cannot happen to a better man than Chris Weidman, it woke me up to see Anderson falling like this. As much as I feel happy for Chris, I feel sad for Anderson. It can happen to anybody.”
You can watch Georges St-Pierre defend his welterweight title at UFC 167 on November 16.