Georges St. Pierre Explains His Decision To Bypass Anderson Silva Superfight (VIDEO)
After Georges St. Pierre defeated Carlos Condit at UFC 154, it was expected he would fight middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, or top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks.
Not the case.
St. Pierre shocked everyone by specifically asking to fight Nick Diaz, and the UFC obliged. GSP and Diaz are now to fight at UFC 158 in March. The decision was shocking because Diaz is coming off a loss to Carlos Condit, and he’s currently serving a one year ban for having marijuana metabolites in his system after the fight. It’s not often someone is granted a title shot after losing a fight, and failing the subsequent drug test. However, St. Pierre says he has unfinished business with Diaz.
“This fight has been waiting to happen for a long time,” St-Pierre said. “It’s the big fight. That’s what people want to see. I believe Diaz is No. 1 ranked,” St-Pierre told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “The guy has been there for a long time. He took out a great name (in B.J. Penn). His fight with Condit is very controversial. For some people, he won the fight. For some people, he lost. I just came back from 19 months. It’s a long time, and the fight that people wanted to see that I can give it to them fast and when it’s time to do it is Diaz. … So it’s a big fight that people want to see me in, Diaz and I, so I want to make this fight happen for myself, for the fans and for the UFC.”
Most fans, media, and observers agree that Johny Hendricks is the number one contender, but GSP says he thinks Hendricks lost to Koscheck.
“Hendricks, when he fought Koscheck, personally I would have given the fight to Koscheck. … I speak with my heart, and that’s what I believe. I would have given Koscheck that fight, even though I don’t like Koscheck. I do feel bad for Johny Hendricks, but put yourself in my shoes,” St-Pierre. “[Diaz] is a big fight. For me, right now, it’s the fight that makes the most sense. If I fight Anderson Silva, I have to go up in weight. It will take me time. I cannot fight Anderson in March. It would take time. So right now, I take the fight that is the most logical.”
Hendricks thinks GSP is scared to fight him, but St. Pierre says he can’t fight everyone.
“Everybody wants to fight me now. It’s crazy. I cannot split myself in half. If I would have not have done that, I would do another fight, and fans would have complained. If I fight another guy, they both would have complained. What do you want me to do? I cannot split myself in different pieces and fight guys all at the same time.”
Personally, I’m just happy that GSP isn’t waiting until the summer to fight again. Since July of 2009, St. Pierre has only fought four times. When you consider the fact that GSP is 31 years old, it’s a shame that a few good years of his prime have been wasted.
Honey Boo Boo has been on TV more than GSP over the past three years, and that’s not right.