Georges St-Pierre recently tipped his cap to fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) legend, Anderson Silva.
Silva — the former decorated and celebrated UFC Middleweight champion — is preparing to box former UFC Light Heavyweight kingpin, Tito Ortiz, inside Hard Rock Seminole in Hollywood, Fla., on Sat., Sept. 11, 2021, streaming online via Triller pay-per-view (PPV). Silva is coming off a split decision win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (watch highlights) in June, a performance that inspired former UFC Welterweight roost-ruler, St-Pierre.
“Bro, it was one of his best performances in life — I would say among the rest of his elite performances that he did in MMA,” St-Pierre recently told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour (h/t MMA Fighting). “To me, the way he beat Cesar Chavez, it was incredible. And I was under the impression before the fight that Cesar Chavez would dominate him because of his boxing experience. Man, he took everybody by surprise. It was very inspiring to see him perform that way. It was very, very inspiring.
“And what a great ending for Anderson Silva right now,” he continued. “I hope if he comes back into these kinds of fights, it will be something worth it. Not only about money, but in terms of legacy — something that, it will make him shine, make him look good. Because, man, if you check his last (UFC) performance against Uriah Hall, it was kind of disappointing, it was kind of sad. But what a way to come back. What a way to get back on top. Man, that was amazing.”
Silva vs. Ortiz takes place on the undercard of Triller’s upcoming PPV event, which will be headlined by Evander Holyfield vs. Vitor Belfort. GSP is siding with Silva as his official prediction.
“I think it’s a good fight,” he said. “It could be a good fight for Anderson Silva because he’s more into his field of expertise [than Ortiz].”
GSP previously revealed a potential boxing match against the legendary Oscar De La Hoya that was intercepted by UFC.
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