Goddamn I can’t wait for April 30th. Not because of Georges St Pierre vs Jake Shields (although it should still be a great fight). But because afterward we’ll finally be able to ask about this Anderson Silva superfight without that bullshit ‘one fight at a time’ answer being used to deflect GSP’s intentions. Thus far signs have been cloudy, with occasional glimmers of hope mixed in with many signs of doubt:
“Right now, I am a 170-pounder,” St. Pierre said. “If I were to fight at 185 pounds, it would be a complete reorientation of my career.
“We’ve seen in the past with boxers like Roy Jones Jnr. In my opinion, what ended Roy Jones’ career-winning streak was when he went up in weight and tried to go back down. It’s not the fact that he went up; it’s when he tried to go back down that messed him up.
“For me, it’s a good example because Roy Jones was known as one of the best of all time before he started losing. It makes me think twice sometimes [about changing] weight; it’s not really going up that hurts you, sometimes it’s to go [back] down.”
The frustrating thing here is that few people are asking Georges to move up to 185. We just want that Anderson Silva fight. If GSP wants to stay at 170 and fight Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves again, or maybe Carlos Condit, Martin Kampmann, and Diego Sanchez, that’s his prerogative. There’s been indications that Anderson would be willing to meet at a catchweight. And sure, Silva is going to be bigger, but that’s already a given and part of the challenge of this fight.
Yeah, GSP has to look out for his career. He’s gotta worry about getting smashed Rich Franklin style and I’m sure he’s still haunted by that time he lost to Matt Serra. But avoiding the biggest fight in the history of the sport because you might lose isn’t what legends are made of. And maybe he should worry more about what happens if he doesn’t take the Anderson Silva superfight. Playing it safe may seem like the smartest idea right now, but in the long run his career may end up being judged more for what he didn’t do than what he did. Avoiding challenges is no way to cement your legacy as one of the best mixed martial artists in history.