Anderson Silva Blasts GSP: ‘All He Does Is Run’
If you’re still holding your breathe hoping for a fight between Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, now might be the time to give up all hope.
St-Pierre last competed in the UFC Octagon when he defeated Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 217. Many thought that a fight with Silva would then finally materialise with St-Pierre fighting at 185-pounds, but the French-Canadian then turned his attention to returning to welterweight and apparently even considering a fight at lightweight.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN today, Silva was asked to give his thoughts on a potential fight with St-Pierre and he didn’t hold back.
“That’s an interesting fight,” Silva said. “But Georges has never come to accept the challenge. Georges just runs, runs, runs, It’s crazy. I do not think Georges wants the fight — but that’s OK. I respect Georges. He is a great fighter. Maybe he just has a different view — to take easy fights. That’s not me. I like to take the big challenges in my life.”
“Georges is very lucky and very smart,” Silva continued. “He never goes to take a fight if it’s not easy. That’s the point. Georges, for me, is a great fighter, but he never takes the real challenges in life. That’s my opinion. I respect him, but that’s my opinion.”
Silva will next fight at UFC 234 when he takes on the up and coming prospect Israel Adesanya. The Brazilian confirmed in the same interview with ESPN that he decided to take the fight because it comes with the promise of a very big reward should he win.
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“Dana came to Los Angeles to talk to me,” Silva said. “I said to him, ‘Why am I going to take this fight?’ And Dana said, ‘You know, you win this fight, you go to the title belt.’ I said, ‘OK, now you are talking good business for me.'”