Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre interested in superfight with Anderson Silva under fair conditions


Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre hasn't always been keen on talk of 'superfights,' but his tone has certainly softened over the past year. St-Pierre even told Ariel Helwani back in July 2013 that he was interested in the prospect, but that he was keeping his plans tightlipped. Now, with all that's transpired with him personally and professionally since last summer, St-Pierre again is stating a renewed interest in one day fighting former middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Speaking with ESPN Brazil and translated by Bloody Elbow's Fernando Arbex, St-Pierre says he'd be willing to take the fight given a number of conditions.

"There were conversations before but they were talking about me going up at 185," says St-Pierre. "I weigh 190 pounds, the guy weighs 230 pounds when he is off season. I'm 190 pounds off season. Right now I'm 195 at maximum. My friends saw him and he is now 230, 235. I know people who know him. He is very big. It's not a fair fight for me. Before, Anderson Silva was in my size when he used to fight in Japan but he is very big now.

"They were talking also that he was going to come in my division when I was the champion and I would have no choice. But me going up and after I fight go back down...I can't play with my weight. I can't come back and fight for the title or in a superfight. It has to respect my conditions, all I ask is a fair fight. Right now I need to take some time off. But if they have an offer with something good, maybe."

Back in May 2013, St-Pierre outright dismissed any discussion of a superfight with Silva after correctly predicting his UFC 162 loss to current champion Chris Weidman. Leading up to the pair's rematch at UFC 168 in December, Silva, himself, called the very concept of superfights 'perfect bulls**t,' more or less trumping them up to cash-grabs. Soon after, UFC president Dana White called the window for any superfight to be 'dead' and 'destroyed,' saying that the era had passed.

Talk of the fight ever realistically happening seemed completely dead in the water until Ed Soares, Silva's longtime manager, reintroduced the idea as a comeback fight for Silva earlier this year. "If we were able to pull something like that off, it would be a win-win for everybody - the fans, the UFC," Soares told USA Today back in January. "I think that would be awesome." With Silva now shooting for a return in mid 2015, could this be a viable option for he and St-Pierre?

Star-divide

5 MUST-READ STORIES

Done for the year. Anderson Silva says he will not make a return to fighting in 2014 and that his 'phase as the champion is over.'

Ready for five. Dan Henderson won't alter his style and play it safe just to avoid dropping a fourth-straight loss.

Bang speaks. Duane Ludwig opens up about his split from Team Alpha Male. 'I've been working for other people since I was 15 years old, and now it's time for me to do something on my own.'

Bellator > UFC. Emanuel Newton says the UFC's practices aren't friendly towards fighters. 'I just see Bellator definitely surpassing UFC. It's already happening.'

TRT Vitor. Joe Rogan is disappointed we won't get to see Chris Weidman fight the Vitor Belfort using TRT. 'There's going to be a part of me that is sad, that TRT Vitor has to come down to an end.'

Star-divide

MEDIA STEW

Star-divide

TUF Nations Full Fight: Kajan Johnson vs. Chad Laprise.

Star-divide

Pre-fight interview with Dan Henderson.

Star-divide

Erik Perez talks growing up and training in cartel country.

Star-divide

Din Thomas teaches the Von Flue choke.

Star-divide

Patricky can't be happy with this voice over work.

Star-divide

We're heavy on Hendo today but why not? (UFC Brazil has corned the market on Shogun with videos that can't be viewed in the U.S.)

Star-divide

Long watches.

Patrick Cote discusses this week's controversial episode of TUF Nations.

Darce Side Radio: Pat Curran and Glory MW Wayne Barrett.

Star-divide

TWEETS

Star-divide

Congrats.

Star-divide

Throwback Thursday was strong.

Star-divide

Get well soon.

Star-divide

Nice.

Star-divide

I guess they can do that.

Star-divide

Nick Diaz and Mike Pyle are sparring in a room somewhere.

Star-divide

Ready for Brazil.

Star-divide

Less eye pokes?

Star-divide

A little scary.

Star-divide

Star-divide

Kinda cool. Find anyone's first tweet. HT to Ariel.

Star-divide

Would have loved to see that.

Star-divide

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Mar. 20 2014)

Gegard Mousasi vs. Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night Berlin

Star-divide

FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via dpk875.

Top Prospects to Watch this Weekend

Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend.

I've also updated my top 10 HW prospects after three fighters from the list I put out in December have signed with either UFC or WSOF. You can find the updates here.

Tech-Krep FC - 21 Mar - Krasnodar, Russia


HW

Tyler East (11-3) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (20-5)

Age: 24

Height: 6'6


From a sheer physical talent standpoint, East is one of the best HW prospects in the world. He has a wrestling background, outstanding athletic ability and looked to be improving his standup game as he stayed busy back in 2012. What holds him back is a history of Cocaine use, Domestic Violence, and a recent year long stint in prison. Since getting out of prison his only fight ended in no contest, so I really have no clue what to expect out of him here. With all his issues East might not be welcome in any of the major US organizations until he can put up some wins and time in front of his issues. Kharitonov at 33 years old has won two in a row since losing to Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce HW Grand Prix, and could punch his own ticket back to the bigger shows with a win here.

...

Check out the rest of the post here.

Star-divide

Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me up on Twitter @SaintMMA and we'll include it in tomorrow's column.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 141 views

UFC 'money weight' Nick Diaz may be the best and worst representation of a martial artist in modern MMA. The expletive hurling, nunchuck twirling Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt isn't above breaking o read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 993 views

Don't count on UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis breaking his leg in the Octagon any time soon. A Taekwondo practitioner of 22 years, Pettis was asked Monday if seeing former middleweight champ read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 35 views

It appears former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s once-broken leg has healed just fine.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 26 views

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had some things to say about Anderson Silva's leg break in an interview, but changed his tune a little later in a follow-up with another media outlet. Anthony read news >>

  • 15 days ago
  • 0 views

In a recent press conference in Brazil, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva said that three of his teammates could win the belt that was his for seven years, but one of the names caught m read news >>

  • 3 days ago
  • 5 views

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Anderson Silva could be the latest UFC star to sign a sponsorship deal with Reebok, but he won’t do it just for the money. The former UFC middleweight kingpin, who was spons read news >>

  • a day ago
  • 13 views

On a media blitz in New York City Thursday, professional wrestling's CM Punk began opening up a bit more on the early conversations held with UFC president Dana White prior to his joining the promoti read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 407 views

"I actually think he's right. For him to go up in weight at 185 pounds and fight a guy like Anderson Silva who many consider the greatest of all time, well, I think it's a smart decision by Georges. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 1366 views

"I always talk about a fight that most people don't bring up, it's when I fought Travis Lutter in Montreal. Basically in the fight I had all the answers I needed (to win) but it was just failed execu read news >>