Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre was the superfight to make, back in the day.
Silva and St-Pierre were once considered the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world but, despite repeated calls for a catchweight bout during their primes, the dream matchup never came to fruition.
The reason for this, according to former middleweight champ Silva, is because St-Pierre never wanted to take risks.
Speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto in a recent interview, ‘The Spider’ accused GSP of running from big fights.
“That’s an interesting fight, but Georges has never come to accept the challenge,” Silva said. “Georges just runs, runs, runs, It’s crazy. I do not think Georges wants the fight — but that’s OK. I respect Georges. He is a great fighter. Maybe he just has a different view — to take easy fights. That’s not me. I like to take the big challenges in my life.”
St-Pierre ruled the welterweight throne for five years and came out of retirement last year to take on Michael Bisping for the middleweight title. ‘Rush’ ended up submitting Bisping to become a two-division champion, but the Canadian was accused of taking the easiest fight available and criticized for not defending his title against the top contenders. St-Pierre renounced his belt after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2017, and the 37-year-old hasn’t announced plans to return anytime soon.
Silva respects St-Pierre’s accomplishments but is adamant that he never truly wanted to challenge himself.
“Georges is very lucky and very smart. He never goes to take a fight if it’s not easy,” Silva continued. “That’s the point. Georges, for me, is a great fighter, but he never takes the real challenges in life. That’s my opinion. I respect him, but that’s my opinion.”
Silva will take on rising middleweight prospect Israel Adesanya at UFC 234. The PPV takes place next year, February 10 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.