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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans says Georges St. Pierre has enough "razzle-dazzle" to beat 185-pound champ, Anderson Silva, should they ever find themselves face-to-face inside the Octagon.
After Georges St. Pierre defeated Carlos Condit this past weekend (Nov. 17, 2012) at UFC 154, the possibility of the much-anticipated "super fight" between "Rush" and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight titleholder, Anderson Silva, became that much closer to becoming a reality.
The only problem is, when asked about a potential showdown against "The Spider" in his post-fight interview, the welterweight kingpin wasn't fully committed just yet, saying he wanted to take some vacation time to mull over his options with his "entourage" of trainers and management team.
And rightfully so, Condit gave St. Pierre all he could handle over 25 grueling minutes in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Many aren't giving the smaller St. Pierre much of a chance against the pound-for-pound king, even if it is at catch weight. However, former UFC light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, friend and sometimes training partner of Georges, believes "GSP" is more than capable of handing the Brazilian bomber his first loss inside the Octagon and first in six years.
Appearing on "The MMA Hour," "Suga" had this to say on the matter:
"Oh yeah. I definitely think he's got a shot against Anderson. One thing about Anderson is this right here, Anderson's a great fighter, I mean, the one thing with Anderson is he has a problem defending the takedown. And then, on the ground sometimes, he allows people to advance position way too much. You see Chael Sonnen, the second time he fought him he took him down, and before the round was over, he had him in the mount. You get a guy like Georges St. Pierre in a position like that, Anderson may not make it to another round. So what it comes down to is, does Georges have enough razzle-dazzle in order to get in and take the shot? I say yes. I think so, I think Georges, beats Anderson, I really do."
Evans also went on to say if "Rush" needs it, he would definitely help him train for the much-anticipated "super fight."
The question is, will it actually go down now that St. Pierre has decided to take a break after his five round war against Condit? UFC president Dana White is confident he will make it happen, and apparently the ball is solely on the French-Canadian's court.
Is Evans spot-on with his assessment? Can St. Pierre take down the much bigger Silva at will, much like Sonnen was able to do? If so, can St. Pierre do what "The American Gangster" couldn't and finish Anderson once it hits the ground?