MMA history is littered with fights that weren’t. Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor. Fedor vs. Randy Couture. Kid Yamamoto vs. Urijah Faber. Silva vs. Jon Jones. But it appears the most sought after fight in MMA history is well and truly dead.
Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre are two of the longest reigning champions in UFC history (one and three respectively, with Demetrious Johnson sandwiched in between them) and their title runs ran concurrently, with both men winning their belts in 2006 (GSP lost his to Matt Serra but regained the title the next year). As the two put together a six-year run of dominance unequaled in the sport, the calls for a superfight between the two became deafening, but the UFC was never able to make the fight happen. Now it seems like they never will.
Speaking on The Luke Thomas Show on Sirius XM recently, St-Pierre addressed the lingering desire to see him return to the cage one more time for a superfight with Silva, saying that, at this point, the fight holds little interest for him.
“The fight with Anderson Silva, there’s been a lot of talk,” St-Pierre said. “It’s been offered to me twice, earlier in my career, during my welterweight run. I don’t exactly remember when. I was doing my welterweight run and I had a talk with Dana and Lorenzo and the condition if I would make that fight was a catchweight, because after my goal was to go back down to my initial weight class at 170. Also, I wanted to implement testing, which they didn’t have before. I was asking for VADA and back in the day they had issues. Something happened politically between the UFC and VADA, I don’t know what happened, but they were not interested in that.
“The other time that happened, after I finished, I took a break with Johny Hendricks and Dana texted me asking if I want to fight Anderson Silva but I didn’t want to fight nobody. I said no. I took four years off.
“Now things have changed. Silva has lost. Now it is not as interesting. There’s a lot more to lose than gain.”
Silva and St-Pierre’s careers have taken different turns over the last few years. After a controversial title defense against Johny Hendricks in 2013, GSP retired from MMA for four years. He returned last year to finally move up in weight, only he challenged then-champion Michael Bisping instead, submitting “The Count” and taking the title before once again absconding back into retirement.
Meanwhile, Silva lost his title in 2013 in a pair of bouts with Chris Weidman. Since then he has gone 1-3 and 1 NC, and failed a couple of USADA drug tests to boot. Now he is back on the cusp of title contention but did recently even commented about the never-to-be fight with St-Pierre, saying the Georges just doesn’t want to take difficult fights. St-Pierre categorically denies the claims that he’s “a chicken” though.
“I’m always scared, no matter who I’m fighting,” St-Pierre said. “But I’ve done a lot of things in my career, I took on a lot of opponents. The things I have done are pretty ballsy and I’ve done it. Yes, I have a lot of issues. I’m not a perfect man. I have problems, but one thing I can tell you is that I’m not a coward. This is the truth. Even though I’m scared, I walk the walk. I’ve done it every fight.”
St-Pierre’s resume is as unimpeachable as anyone’s in the history of MMA. For six years he faced the most difficult challengers in one of the deepest divisions in the sport, repelling all comers. Even after moving up to claim a second belt St-Pierre still believes that staying in your weight class and defending the title for years is the hardest thing to do in combat sports, significantly more difficult than moving up for superfights.
“I think taking contenders is the hardest thing,” St-Pierre said. “When you’re the champion, you’re the target. Everybody is looking at you, everybody is studying your game. Everything you do, everybody has seen it before. When you’re coming as a contender, you’re the contender, you’re challenging a champion. The guy has been looking at you for, maybe, a few months. He started studying your game for only a few months. When you are champion people study your game every day of your reign. Every guy that comes up, their dream is to beat you and they know your game sometimes better than you know yourself.”
St-Pierre has not fought since vacating his middleweight title due to ongoing medical issues stemming from ulcerative colitis.
Loggerheads. California commission, USADA butt heads on jurisdiction, Jon Jones case.
Pretty confident Jon Jones has never doubted himself about anything.
Tank had a liver transplant. Wild story.
Was a pleasure working with you @dc_mma @KarynBryant @kennyflorian and all the fox team and crew. You guys made that show a lot of fun to watch and the crew behind the scenes are amazing. Much love and respect.
— michael (@bisping) December 13, 2018
Jumping the line?
In the comments, Tatiana says she wants Joanna but doesn’t think she is coming back to 115.
This is incredible.
Wild. I’m headed to Bellator Hawaii and looked up the last time I went to Hawaii to shoot a fight was in 2008. One day we went to film Rafael Feijao, I met this kid, Nainoa Dung, 9 years old.
And now, ten years later, he’s fighting on the Bellator Hawaii card. pic.twitter.com/vHRKwTsC2q
— esther lin (@allelbows) December 12, 2018
Mehdi Baghdad (10-6) vs. Mohamad Ghorabi (6-5); Brave 21, Dec. 28.
Akhmed Magomedov (4-0) vs. Gabriel Miranda (13-4); Brave 21, Dec. 28.
Rustam Chsiev (2-1) vs. Bruno Assis (8-3); Brave 21, Dec. 28.
Ikram Aliskerov (6-0) vs. Geraldo Coelho (12-3); Brave 21, Dec. 28.
Peter Queally (11-4-1) vs. Myles Price (10-7); Bellator 218; Feb. 23.
2008: The Next Anderson Silva was set back when Efrain Escudero won a unanimous decision over Phillipe Nover to win the lightweight tournament of season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter. In the co-main event, Ryan Bader knocked out Vinny Magalhaes to win the light heavyweight tournament.
2014: Junior dos Santos won a unanimous decision over Stipe Miocic at UFC on FOX 13. On the prelim card, Joanna Jedrzejczyk won a split decision over Claudia Gadelha, earning the right to challenge for the strawweight title.
Personally, I think the Renato-Aldo fight is horrible. Now if the perfect time for Aldo-Conor II, for both men, but do it at 155 pounds.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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