It’s looking more and more like the drool-inducing Georges St-Pierre-Anderson Silva superfight just isn’t be in the cards.
Though the fight has been dangled in front of fans for some time now, talk of the champion vs. champion match-up has cooled as of late and recent comments made by St-Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi on Sherdog Radio’s Beatdown (props to Bloody Elbow for the quote) which further indicate that a move north to middleweight just wouldn’t pan out for the dominant French-Canadian champ.
“Well to be honest with you, I have recommended to Georges – the only reason I don’t recommend it now is because Frankie Edgar is the champion – but I’d want him to move down to 155 if Frankie was not the champion. Obviously we’re part of the Renzo Gracie team and we’d never fight Frankie Edgar, because obviously we’re all Renzo Gracie fighters. But, if it wasn’t the case, you know, I’d rather him go down to 155 because Georges is not a very big welterweight. People might think he is, he’s actually not very big. And him making 170 is extremely easy for him. Honestly, it’s probably one of the easiest weight cuts from all the fighters that I coach, and I coach a lot of professional fighters. Georges making 170 is getting a little too easy for him, so I would recommend to him in the future – who knows what the cards hold – but if we don’t have a team member that’s champion or anything like that, I would recommend him to go down first before going up.”
With St-Pierre and Silva seeming destined never to meet in the cage, look for buzz around a proposed Anderson Silva-Jon Jones fight to heat up, considering that Silva has made frequent trips to light heavyweight with great success.