UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre has one of the stiffest tests of his career directly in front of him in Jake Shields, who is riding a fifteen-fight winning streak dating back to 2005 and has held championship belts at both welter- and middleweight – but all anyone can talk about is the potential superfight between St. Pierre and middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, which could materialize if St. Pierre defeats Shields.
Speaking with Yahoo! Sports recently, St. Pierre explained why that fight may never come to fruition, taking care to point out that it wouldn’t be because he is scared of Silva.
“I’m not afraid of nobody in the world,” St. Pierre said. “I’m a martial artist. If it happens [with] the right timing and everything, I fight whoever they want. I can fight everyone in the world. I don’t mind.”
St. Pierre’s hesitance toward the bout lies in the fact that he would have to revamp his entire career by making a considerable size gain in order to be truly competitive against Silva at middleweight.
“It’s a complete re-orientation of my career. People are saying crazy stuff, ‘oh, he just has to gain 30 pounds and take the fight and fight him in three months.’ I can’t get 30 pounds in three months,” he said. “It would take a lot more than that. If I want to go up in weight class.
“Plus, Silva fights at light heavyweight as well. So he walks around at … he’s probably 40 pounds heavier than I am,” St. Pierre added. “So if I fight this fight, it might be at a catch weight. If it happens.”
St. Pierre is both enticed by the challenge of facing Silva and remaining pragmatic about what the fight could mean for his career, explaining that only time and circumstances will tell whether or not the fight will come about.
“I’ve had a lot of success at 170. If I move to 185, I need to talk to my sponsors, my trainers. It’s a complete change of life,” St. Pierre said. “Do I want to take the risk, maybe yes. It’s gonna be a great challenge. Maybe, no. But I have to talk with my trainers.”
St. Pierre fights Shields on April 30 in the main event of UFC 130, which will go down at the Rogers Centre in Torono, Ontario, Canada.