If you're hoping to unwrap a Georges St. Pierre vs. Anderson Silva "super fight" for Christmas, you may find coal instead. Find out why GSP, who wants to be the Wayne Gretzky of MMA, is in no "Rush" to face the middleweight champion.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre recently made an appearance on Canada's "Tout le Monde en Parle" (hello, Megadeth) sporting a pair of cool sunglasses while sipping red wine and talking turkey.
And you just had to figure someone was bringing up Anderson Silva.
"Rush" reiterated his desire to face "The Spider," but if and when he does, it's going to be on his terms, not the Brazilian's. In fact, St. Pierre insists there are still challenges at 170 pounds (Johny Hendricks is smiling) and a "super fight" has to make sense before he signs on the dotted line.
Our comrades at MMA Fighting break it down for the Yanks:
"This fight is the cherry on the sundae. (Silva) wants to fight me so he can then retire. I would like to fight him too, but after I fight him and win the fight, what happens next? These days, yeah, there's a lot of money to be made, but I don't fight for the money. My motivation is to be the best. Like we said, to be the Wayne Gretzky of my sport. So if I fight him, what happens next? It will be over. So yes, I want the fight, but I want to take it when I decide the time is right, not when he wants the fight to happen. On top of that, he weighs 234 pounds; I weigh 188. So there's a big weight difference. I've fought guys who were bigger -- I'm not scared of him -- it's just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me. I just came back from an injury, there's money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there, and if I fight him, I will have to gain weight, while he will have to lose weight, and then afterwards, I won't be able to come back to my weight class. First and foremost, I have things to do at 170 pounds. When I am ready and when I want the fight, that's when it will happen."
UFC President Dana White believes otherwise.
St. Pierre is less than two weeks removed from his five round unanimous decision win over Carlos Condit -- who gave the champ a run for his money at UFC 154 -- before succumbing to the vaunted wrestling and ground-n-pound of the French-Canadian fighter.
See how it all went down here.
Hendricks is next in line, but the big money payday of a showdown opposite the UFC middleweight champion has White, along with a good portion of the mixed martial arts (MMA) fan base, willing to overlook "Bigg Rigg" en route to Dallas stadium.
Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like it's a priority for GSP, who "doesn't fight for the money."
Part two of his interview below.