AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13: UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva speaks to a crowd prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2011 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Georges St. Pierre seems to think so.
"Rush" weighed in on the upcoming UFC 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (July 7, 2012) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, claiming "The Spider" might be rattled after uncorking a violent tirade at last week's media conference call.
See those comments here.
After the jump, St. Pierre tells Sportsnet.ca that Silva "can make a mistake" if he shows up for this weekend's headliner and "fights with emotion."
Check it out.
"He wants to get into Anderson Silva's head and he did it. That's what he wants, because when you fight with emotion, you don't fight smart. The crowd, they love it. (Silva) he's going to go crazy but he can make a mistake if you do that. It's a big mistake. You have to go back to the reason he's a champion. And the reason he's a champion is because he fights smart, he's skilled. More skilled than the other guys ... He brings the fight where he is the best. He doesn't go crazy. That's what Chael Sonnen wants from him."
Prior to the rematch with Sonnen (and St. Pierre's knee injury), there were persistent cries from the fans to have the Canadian move up -- or have the Brazilian move down -- to see who the best fighter in the world really was.
Unfortunately their proposed "super fight" was nothing more than a pipe dream.
The good news is, there is no shortage of hungry contenders for either man. Silva must repel Sonnen's offense this weekend in "Sin City," while St. Pierre must answer the call of Carlos Condit later this year at UFC 154 in Montreal.