MMA fans have wanted to see Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva fight for years. Even now, when St-Pierre has long since abandoned the UFC welterweight title he once guarded so fiercely, and Anderson Silva’s reign as UFC middleweight champion is a distant memory, a collision between the two greats remains one of the most mouth-watering options on the MMA menu.
Speaking at a press conference during his visit to Australia, the former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre discussed this long-desired super fight. While the fans’ appetite for this fight has not dissipated, St-Pierre says it’s one that doesn’t make sense for him at present.
“Not right now,” Georges St-Pierre said, when asked about a showdown with Anderson Silva. “This fight was interesting at a certain point when I had a lot of contenders in my division and this fight, if it would have been made I wanted it to be made with extra performance drug testing, which UFC was not a fan about because they didn’t want VADA to be a part of it – before USADA was a part of it – and also a catch weight. That was my thing. Because as a fighter, you cannot cut, you know? It’s very hard if you’re an active fighter competing every few month to go up and then go down, and I didn’t want to do that. And I guess I wanted to do (the fight) with the extra testing. They didn’t have the testing at the time, and that’s why this fight also never happened. And at the time right now I don’t think it’s a good win-win situation for me because I have a lot more to lose than to win fighting right now against Anderson Silva.”
While St-Pierre’s assertion that a fight with Silva doesn’t make sense “right now” implies that he might be willing to take the fight at a later date, it sounds like we’re running out of time. The 37-year-old doesn’t plan on fighting past 40.
“At 40 years old I’m done for sure,” he said. “I’m not going to fight in a cage at 40 years old. I’m gonna be a grown man, I’m gonna be past that no matter what happens.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/6/2018.