Pat Miletich: Anderson Silva a ‘safer’ fight for Georges St. Pierre than Johny Hendricks

Esther Lin for MMAFighting

While many feel Anderson Silva will be too much for Georges St. Pierre to handle should they ever meet inside the Octagon, Pat Miletich believes a fight with "The Spider" is actually a "safer" fight than one with Johny Hendricks.

This one should raise a few eyebrows.

Pat Miletich, the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, thinks a bout between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and current 170-pound king, Georges St. Pierre, isn't such a bad thing.

In fact, "The Croatian Sensation" believes if "Rush" has a chance to fight "The Spider" over power-punching Johny Hendricks, it would be a much "safer" fight for him.

His words to Sherdog:

"If I'm Georges St. Pierre, to be honest with you, I'm probably going to lean towards fighting Anderson Silva. There's a hell of a lot more to gain obviously, but that might even, to be honest with you, be a safer fight for him. I think Johny Hendricks might have a unique game that may go as a serious risk for GSP. (St. Pierre) may get a takedown, but he's not holding Hendricks down. I think Hendricks is obviously a good enough wrestler, a strong enough guy when he's coming back up. And Hendricks has some serious one-punch knockout power. When he hits people, he's sliding them across the ice."e

Good luck finding many to agree with you on this one, Pat.

While Hendricks has proven he can pose a legit threat to St. Pierre's reign with his one-punch knockout power and outstanding NCAA wrestling credentials, we are talking about the pound-for-pound greatest here.

"Big Rig" emphatically staked his claim as the number one contender in the 170-pound division by knocking out Martin Kampmann cold in less than one minute this past weekend (Nov. 17, 2012) at UFC 154. And with a potential "super fight" between Silva and St. Pierre looming, Hendricks is more than content with waiting for his shot at dethroning "Rush."

Any brave souls out there actually siding with Miletich on this one?

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