Though it was UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva who defended his belt last weekend, welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s name has been in the news just as much.
The reason for this of course being that Silva’s win over Vitor Belfort partially clears the path for a heavily anticipated super fight between himself and St. Pierre. UFC president Dana White has said that the two will fight this year provided they both defend their belts successfully. With Silva’s half of the equation sorted out, it is now up to St. Pierre to keep his belt away from Jake Shields, who challenges “Rush” for the strap this April 30th at UFC 129.
At a recent press conference held in early promotion of UFC 129, St. Pierre was asked where his mind is on the topic of a super fight with Silva and he wisely responded that his current focus is being placed only on Jake Shields.
“I don’t even think about (a fight with Anderson Silva) right now,” said St. Pierre. “I never thought about it, I always live in the present moment. My biggest problem is Jake Shields and it would be foolish for me to look past Jake Shields. He poses the biggest threat to my title.”
A fight between Silva and St. Pierre is certainly a tantalizing prospect, but it is far from a done deal. With a record of 26-4-1, Shields is currently riding a fourteen fight win streak which includes victories over Yushin Okami, Carlos Condit, Mike Pyle, Paul Daley, Robbie Lawler, Jason Miller, Dan Henderson, and Martin Kampmann, and he likely doesn’t plan on laying down for St. Pierre.
UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields will go down this April 30th at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.