Firas Zahabi: Silva still on the table for GSP, might retire after that fight

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UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre's trainer isn't sure who he will face next, but says that a bout with Anderson Silva would probably be followed by retirement.

Firas Zahabi is a great trainer, but he sometimes has a habit of saying stuff in public that might bother star pupil and UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre a bit. He talks a lot about a possible fight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, something GSP has constantly shot down when it is brought up to him. Zahabi even said that GSP could make 155 in 2011, and again St. Pierre had to downplay that. So it should come as no surprise that Zahabi is still fanning the flames on a possible Silva match and even hinting at retirement for GSP if it does go down. He explained in an interview with Sherdog Radio:

"If he fights Hendricks, I think (GSP) could fight for longer. He could have more fights after that. If he fights Anderson Silva, I could really see that being his last fight. He'll retire after that because there won't be a bigger fight for him to do, I think, anymore in his career."

Somewhere, top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks is probably fuming at these comments. He obviously believes he should be next for GSP, something I agree with. To me, what Zahabi is saying is similar to Ed Soares threatening Anderson's retirement from time to time - it's just a ploy. He continues on with the retirement stuff:

"Win or lose, I think he'll probably end on that note, on Anderson Silva. Maybe that's why it's been pushed back a little bit, but I think when it does happen, it'll be the last one because once he goes up a weight class, he's never coming back down."

I'm sure many will just roll their eyes at this. Talk of Silva vs. GSP has gone on forever, and St. Pierre has made it obvious it's something he's not interested in. And while he seemed frustrated with the hassles of the sport before his UFC 158 bout with Nick Diaz, he's still only 31 years old and gets paid about as much as anyone in the company. There are many more bouts out there for him, and retirement talk seems ridiculous to me. But you never know.

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