Rashad Evans: “I really think GSP beats Anderson”
Georges St-Pierre’s former training partner and former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans said that should a fight between the welterweight champion and Anderson Silva take place, that GSP would most certainly win.
Evans is of course rather biased, since both men are friends going back to their days of training together at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Evans spoke of how GSP would beat Silva.
“Oh yeah, I definitely think he has a shot against Anderson,” the Blackzillian said. “One thing about Anderson is this right here: Anderson’s a great fighter, but one thing with Anderson is that he has such a problem with defending the takedown. And then on the ground even sometimes he allows people to advance position way too much.”
Evans then went on to back up his comments, citing Silva’s recent middleweight title defense against Chael Sonnen.
“You see Chael Sonnen, the second time he fought him. He took him down and before the round’s over he had him in mount. You get a guy like Georges St-Pierre in a position like that, Anderson may not make it to another round.”
Evans also admitted that he worries whether GSP has enough in him to absorb Silva’s shots in order to close the distance to get the take-down.
“You know Silva’s going to get taken down, but what it comes down to is does Georges have enough ‘razzle dazzle’ in order to get in to take a shot? And I say ‘yes’”.
Mr. Evans then sounded off by giving his final prediction for the potential super-fight:
“I think Georges beats Anderson, yeah. I really do.”
With no indication from GSP’s camp about having any interest in a catch-weight fight with Silva, we may not get to see if Evans’ predictions will come true.