Pictured: UFC Welterweight Champion Georges. St. Pierre. Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting.
We've heard from just about everyone concerning perhaps the most discussed champion vs. champion 'superfight' of our generation: UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre vs. UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
UFC President Dana White has talked about it at length, GSP's upcoming opponent Carlos Condit weighed in on the subject, GSP's part-time boxing coach Freddie Roach said Silva is too big for him, even his head trainer Firas Zahabi said St. Pierre would fight Silva at a catchweight.
But we really haven't heard from the most important person of all.
Georges St. Pierre, himself.
"Rush" spoke to MMAWeekly recently and of course, the much-discussed superfight was brought up. How couldn't it?
But St. Pierre's attitude towards a potential bout against the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world may surprise each and every one of you.
On the topic that the talk of a bout against Silva disrespects his upcoming opponent and current UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, St. Pierre agreed, saying:
"It's terrible. I hate that, but I'm not focusing on that. I'm not speculating. I'm thinking about Condit right now. That's what I should do."
Of course, that wasn't going to stop Damon Martin from specifically asking about a GSP-Silva fight, but he did it from an interesting direction. One forgets that there are a pair of welterweights who have been scratching and clawing their way to the top during this past year that St. Pierre has been sidelined, and those two men are Johny Hendricks and Martin Kampmann.
Hendricks knocked out Jon Fitch and won a close decision against Josh Koscheck in what many thought was a potential number one contenders fight while Kampmann has done nothing but impress, with recent stoppage victories over both Thiago Alves and Jake Ellenberger to thrust himself into contention.
Both men will be in action at UFC 154, fighting in the co-main event directly before St. Pierre looks to unify the titles against Condit. Would it be disrespectful to not give the winner of that fight a title shot before even thinking about a superfight against Anderson Silva?
St. Pierre agrees, saying:
"I feel like I have a lot of guys that are there and I don't understand why people are going crazy now, but I just came back from an injury, so maybe some people see me as a weak link. We'll see what's going to happen in the future."
So what's your take on the current situation, Manaics?
Is St. Pierre just being a good guy and downplaying the Silva superfight rumors out of respect to Condit, or does he seriously not want the fight?