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UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (pictured) wants a superfight with reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva about as much as he wants to go back to being a garbageman – that is if you were to ask UFC president Dana White.
Silva defends his throne Saturday against Chris Weidman at UFC 162. GSP could have easily leapfrogged Weidman to put on a box office bout, arguably the biggest fight the UFC could arrange, but White claims St-Pierre wants no part of “The Spider.”
“There’s no doubt about it – that’s a fact,” White stated following Thursday’s press conference of St-Pierre’s disinterest in facing the UFC’s most decorated champion. “If that was the case, he’d say, ‘[Expletive], Weidman. I’ll take that fight. I want that fight. I really think that Weidman’s going to beat [Silva], I don’t want Weidman to have that fight. I want to be the guy to beat him.’”
White admitted he’s worked tirelessly to arrange a superfight between Silva vs. St-Pierre (as well as Silva vs. Jon Jones, for that matter), but he just hasn’t been able to secure the scrap. When asked if he was upset that St-Pierre is unwilling to play ball, White said he understood St-Pierre’s stance when it comes to fighting Silva.
However, White was baffled GSP would accept a dangerous bout with Johny Hendricks at welterweight instead of taking a dangerous contest with Silva when you consider the lucrative payday he left on the table. If you take a risk, you might as well get paid.
“At the end of the day, [GSP] weighs 170 pounds. He’s the 170-pound champion. If he weighed 185 pounds and felt that way, yeah, I’d be real pissed,” White said. “Any guy who’s going to fight up in weight, ‘I’m the man here at 170. If I thought I was the man at 185, I’d be at 185.’ I get it. But it’s a fight that a lot of fans want to see, it’s a big fight. It’s a legacy fight, and it’s a fight for the pound-for-pound best in the world.
“But what’s crazy to me is, GSP opted to take a very dangerous fight [against Hendricks] at 170 without trying to take a dangerous fight at 185.”
Regardless, this superfight chatter is much ado about nothing, if you were to ask Weidman. The 185-pound top contender has already apologized to White and MMA fans because he has promised to spoil any blockbuster bout involving Silva when he beats Silva on Saturday.
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