Matt Hughes: Georges St. Pierre can beat Anderson Silva, should take middleweight title

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UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes says Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre can beat Anderson Silva and ought to move up to Middleweight to take Silva's belt.

Even though UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is facing one of the toughest challenges of his career in Carlos Condit at UFC 154, all the focus and chatter is about a hypothetical super-fight between GSP and Middleweight champ Anderson Silva.

Former WW Matt Hughes, now a retired UFC Hall of Famer, can't resist chiming in. Hughes fought GSP three times, winning once and losing twice. He tells BJPenn.com that he thinks GSP can beat Silva and ought to take Silva's belt while he's at it:

"I really believe if GSP and Silva fight, Georges will have his hand raised. GSP is not a great wrestler, but he transitions so well from striking to wrestling that he will be on Silva's legs before Anderson even knows what's going on. I believe Georges is that quick and I don't think Silva will be able to do a whole lot with Georges on top of him. Georges is going to be in great shape, he always is and I don't think Silva would be able to use his weight advantage on GSP to try and tire him out.

If anyone will get tired I think it will be Silva because he's not going to be in the positions he wants to be in. Georges will put him in some bad situations and I think GSP will do well in the fight and walk away the winner. If I was Georges I would tell the UFC if they want to make this fight between the two of them they should contest it at 185lbs. and Silva should put his title on the line.

If Georges is going to fight Silva he might as well add the additional weight and try and get a belt out of the deal. That's the way I would look at it, the price for me would be an opportunity to unify the two titles. I just wonder how long GSP would need to get his body prepared to make the move to 185 would it be a year off. It would be interesting to see how much time he would want. I wonder how hard his cut to 170 is, if he's having a hard time then maybe it's time to move up to 185."

Call me old fashioned, but I think GSP has a more than ample challenge facing him this Saturday at UFC 154.


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