Former UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich is one of the most respected men in the sport, and his opinion generally holds some weight with MMA fans. But when it comes to the subject of current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and who he should fight next, he seems to have an viewpoint that a lot of people might dispute. He was asked to discuss top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks on Sherdog Radio, and actually said that a superfight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva might actually be safer for GSP than a bout with Hendricks:
"If I'm Georges St. Pierre, to be honest with you, I'm probably going to lean towards fighting Anderson Silva. There's a hell of a lot more to gain obviously, but that might even, to be honest with you, be a safer fight for him.
He then elaborated on what makes Hendricks so dangerous for St. Pierre:
I think Johny Hendricks might have a unique game that may go as a serious risk for GSP.
(St. Pierre) may get a takedown, but he's not holding Hendricks down. I think Hendricks is obviously a good enough wrestler, a strong enough guy when he's coming back up. And Hendricks has some serious one-punch knockout power. When he hits people, he's sliding them across the ice."
What he says about Hendricks might be true, but this is still borderline lunacy to me. The other side of the coin is Anderson Silva! Does anyone (other than Pat) actually believe Hendricks is more dangerous to GSP than the middleweight champion? I think Miletich is a great analyst, but I can't get with this.