UFC Quick Quote: St. Pierre ‘needs to prove himself’ before fight against Anderson Silva

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MMAcca
7/23/08 12:01:27AM
“That sounds great … I think GSP is an incredible fighter. But I think GSP needs to prove himself. He still hasn’t had a successful title defense [at 170 pounds]. I don’t really feel that he deserves (a fight against Anderson Silva fight) yet. Go defend your title a few times and then we’ll talk.”

– Ed Soares, the manager and translator for UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, tells Pro MMA Radio that UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre still has a little work to do before locking horns with the Brazilian anytime soon. “Rush” has often talked about taking on new challenges in the middleweight division as long as he clears out his 170-pound class first and no friend of his (Patrick Cote included) is a current champion.





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Wolfenstein
7/23/08 12:14:08AM
People might put up a stink about this, but I don't think there should be any controversy. He's right, St Pierre hasn't even defended his title yet. Anderson has defended his four times before he moved up for a fight at LHW.

He needs to clear out the welterweight division before he even thinks about Anderson Silva. I've heard BJ gets the next shot after Fitch, which is crap that he leapfrogs everyone in the WW division. I mean the guy has beat Sherk, Stevenson, and Pulver. Don't get me wrong their good fighters, but there's a whole different class at 170. BJ should know, because he lost his last two at 170.

Beat Penn, Fitch, Thiago, and Sanchez. Then he can move up.
Twenty20Dollars
7/23/08 12:28:58AM
Honestly im not really into GSP vs Anderson right now. Both have matchups at their own weight classes and that is what they should be worried about.
kopower
7/23/08 12:36:56AM
Yup, he still has to put in some work. I'm still not sold on GSP quite yet. Besides, I think Silva would ko him in the first few rounds. George is not at the same level as Silva. Now if he wins against Fitch convincingly and then beats Penn, let the discussion begin
IriShame
7/23/08 12:42:07AM
Wow, GSP is ****** every which way these days. First BJ calls him out and now people are talking about a fight with Silva? Can't a guy just fight the guys in his weight class? Now, I'm not saying I wouldn't want to watch these fights I'm just saying that if I was GSP I'd be super bummed. I'd just want to keep beating up the Jon Fitch's of the world and be the best at 170.
jocka
7/23/08 12:43:49AM
Am probably one of the biggest GSP fan and i agree he should defend his title and clear out his division, as should BJ by the way. Even then he could fight Silva but to be honest am not a big fan of guys putting they weight class on hold to go up or down in weight unless like Silva you pretty much cleared it. let see what happends
TheCelica
7/23/08 1:47:17AM
Wouldn't Anderson have a huge reach advantage? It wouldn't even be a fight. GSP would just be another highlight reel KO.
McBee
7/23/08 2:24:27AM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Honestly im not really into GSP vs Anderson right now. Both have matchups at their own weight classes and that is what they should be worried about.



you are right about GSP but not Andersonhe has no one, what we need to see in the MW division is more contenders fighting each other, franklin should fight henderson, Lutter should fight Hendo, Bisping should fight franklin, bisping should fight Cote, Okami shoul;d fight all these guys, Okami is the only one that half deserves a title shot definitely not Cote, GSP on the other hand has a lot more people he needs to fight at WW before he moves weights.
McBee
7/23/08 2:25:36AM

Posted by jocka

Am probably one of the biggest GSP fan and i agree he should defend his title and clear out his division, as should BJ by the way. Even then he could fight Silva but to be honest am not a big fan of guys putting they weight class on hold to go up or down in weight unless like Silva you pretty much cleared it. let see what happends



they let Hughes do it right, I think it might be GSP pushing it also though
Twenty20Dollars
7/23/08 3:24:47AM

Posted by McBee


Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Honestly im not really into GSP vs Anderson right now. Both have matchups at their own weight classes and that is what they should be worried about.



you are right about GSP but not Andersonhe has no one, what we need to see in the MW division is more contenders fighting each other, franklin should fight henderson, Lutter should fight Hendo, Bisping should fight franklin, bisping should fight Cote, Okami shoul;d fight all these guys, Okami is the only one that half deserves a title shot definitely not Cote, GSP on the other hand has a lot more people he needs to fight at WW before he moves weights.



well MW is building back up, so there is going to be more fights for him and BTW lutter got cut from the UFC.
telnights
7/23/08 4:33:36AM
I really don't want to see this fight for 3 reasons.

1. GSP has so many fights he could take at WW that would make for great fights. To name a few.
Thiago Alves
Diego Sanchez
Karo Parisyan
All these would make for great fights.

2. Anderson is a BIG MW and GSP is just way to small to be fighting a guy of his skill level and size. GSP is a great fighter but I think the size difference will be the biggest factor.

3. I would much rather see Anderson move up to LHW and see how he fairs there against the top 10. As LHW is just so stacked right now and him moving up could make for some really great fights.
SmileR
7/23/08 8:24:09AM
Regardless of if GSP wins his next fight or not Silva is just to big for him. To put it into context GSP walks around at about 185/190lb and cuts to 170 shedding 15lb. Silva walks around at 220lb thats the same weight as Fedor give or take 5lb! He cuts a amazing amount of weight to fight at MW where this fight would have to take place.
The size difference alone would be astronomical! Silva still looked big for a LHW against Irvin who himself is big in the devision can you imagine a LHW GSP?! He'd have to add like another 15/20lb of muscle just to make it up there!

I say forget about GSP vs Silva and let GSP fight BJ!

EDIT: After defending his title a few more times.
prozacnation1978
7/23/08 8:28:08AM
gsp needs to prove himself but the sandman didn't??
gsp don't answer to nobody!!!!!!!
jocka
7/23/08 10:48:13AM

Posted by McBee


Posted by jocka

Am probably one of the biggest GSP fan and i agree he should defend his title and clear out his division, as should BJ by the way. Even then he could fight Silva but to be honest am not a big fan of guys putting they weight class on hold to go up or down in weight unless like Silva you pretty much cleared it. let see what happends



they let Hughes do it right, I think it might be GSP pushing it also though



yeah but matt hugues is not holding a tittle right now, if you want to move up and down thats fine its just when you are holding a tittle you should stick to your weight class to defend it. actually they should probably force them to fight 3-4 time a year or every time they are healthy but that's another subject.
Bowen50
7/23/08 11:01:46AM
GSP definitly needs a few title defenses before he thinks about fighting Anderson. He has to fight Fitch, Thiago, BJ, and then Koscheck again. Diego isn't going to deserve a title shot after he gets KTFO'd by Thiago anyway.
bullettdodger
7/23/08 1:26:12PM

Posted by prozacnation1978

gsp needs to prove himself but the sandman didn't??
gsp don't answer to nobody!!!!!!!



James Irvin didn't need to "prove" himself, because it is the natural weight class that he fights and Silva moved up to fight him. Irvin also isn't the holder of a UFC belt... so he really don't have to prove anything. GSP still has to prove his dominance, his loss to Serra, even though avenged, still sticks out in people's minds as GSP not having the granite chin that he was thought to have before. Im not saying he does or doesn't have a chin, my point is that he still has an entire division of contenders to take care of before he can think about moving up (dumb idea imo he'd be destroyed by Anderson).
mictlantechutli
7/23/08 1:29:31PM
Anderson Silva appears to have become some type of unstoppable killing machine. GSP vs Silva would be a joke. I like GSP as much as anyone (that's not Canadian), but come on. He's not even in the same league. If we're living in fantasy land, let's see Silva vs Fedor. Put the two stone cold killers against each other and see what happens.
wrona666
7/23/08 1:56:57PM
GSP is and awesome athlete, but just Andersons size alone will pose a huge problem for him....Not that i wouldnt want to see this fight, but i just think there are a lot better fights for GSP in his own division.....
Gipper
7/23/08 4:39:59PM
gsp has a few more guys to take care of in the ww division and then possibly a penn rematch. penn wants gsp, gsp wants silva.
Taylor8766
7/23/08 7:46:45PM
IMO GSP is certainly deserving of a fight with Silva, especilly if he beats Fitch, GSP has beaten every single top level WW in the division without breaking a sweat, ya he's had a few set back, but avenged both of those with ease, I think he's in perfect line for a shot.
nastshabast
7/23/08 9:24:56PM
lol at the whole GSP/Silva fight. It's not gonna happen anytime soon so why must we debate such sillieness. Silva's manager shouldn't have even had to answer that stupid question.

Do you really think it would be good buisness for UFC to even consider this? No it's not so shut up internet.
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