No wonder Anderson Silva pretends to not know the name GSP. During an early scrum, UFC president Dana White clarified that Georges St-Pierre does NOT want a super-fight against Silva. Reasons being that the welterweight champ is that confident that his friend and training partner Chris Weidman will defeats Silva Saturday, July 6 in Las Vegas.
Here’s White’s response to rumors that St-Pierre does not want the “super-fight.”
“There’s no doubt about it – that’s a fact” said White. “If that was the case, he’d say, ‘F–k Weidman. I’ll take that fight. I really think Weidman’s going to beat him, but I don’t want Weidman to beat him. I want to be the guy to beat him.'”
“I’ve been working hard to try to make those fights,” White said. “Georges St-Pierre would not even think about this fight because Anderson Silva’s going to (lose), according to Georges St-Pierre.”
“At the end of the day, he weighs 170 pounds,” 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 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.”
“Georges St-Pierre could do this catch-weight fight and he could still be the champ at 170. 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.” – MMAJunkie
The mentions by White on St-Pierre taking on Hendricks suggests that the UFC was actually planning to make St-Pierre versus Silva, prior to the two champions current match-ups. With White also mentioning recently how much Silva wants a super-fight, it has to lead you to believe that GSP truly is no longer interested in the bout, despite mentions of wanting to prove to be the best pound-for-pound greatest, leaving the super-fight ball now in Jones’ corner.