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Georges St-Pierre: Fighting Anderson Silva today is ‘not as interesting’

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Georges St-Pierre shares his thoughts about the long-talked about fight against Anderson Silva.

Even if they never got to share the Octagon together, there remains to be a deep history between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre. A fight between the two had been brought up in the late 2000s, but nothing ever came to fruition.

Fast forward to more than a decade later, where both fighters are in totally different scenarios. “The Spider” has since been through two failed drug tests and two stoppage defeats courtesy of Chris Weidman. St-Pierre, on the other hand, took a four-year hiatus, won the title over Michael Bisping in 2017, then ended up vacating it and going into an indefinite break once again.

The matchup remains to be talked about to this day, and Silva, for his part, remains to be interested. He even went as far as throwing jabs at St-Pierre for “taking easy fights.”

The 37-year-old St-Pierre, however, is not at all keen at making the fight happen at this point of his career.

“The fight with Anderson Silva, there’s been a lot of talk,” St-Pierre said recently on the Luke Thomas Show on Sirius XM (transcript via MMA Fighting). “It’s been offered to me twice, earlier in my career, during my welterweight run. I don’t exactly remember when. I was doing my welterweight run and I had a talk with Dana and Lorenzo and the condition if I would make that fight was a catchweight, because after my goal was to go back down to my initial weight class at 170.

“Also, I wanted to implement testing, which they didn’t have before. I was asking for VADA and back in the day they had issues. Something happened politically between the UFC and VADA, I don’t know what happened, but they were not interested in that.

“The other time that happened, after I finished, I took a break with Johny Hendricks and a month after, Dana texted me asking if I want to fight Anderson Silva but I didn’t want to fight nobody. I said no. I took four years off.”

For St-Pierre, Silva’s run and debacles over the recent years had essentially devalued what was once a high-profile matchup.

“Now things have changed,” he continued. “Silva has lost. Now it is not as interesting. There’s a lot more to lose than gain.”

The 43-year-old Silva is currently slated to face 29-year-old undefeated rising star Israel Adesanya, which will co-headline UFC 234 on February 10th in Melbourne, Australia. The card will be bannered by a middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum.