St Pierre Not Thinking About Silva Showdown


Georges St. Pierre. Photo courtesy of Under Armour.

If you ask Anderson Silva about potentially fighting Georges St. Pierre, he'll tell you that he thinks it's a fun fight. If you ask St. Pierre, he won't have much of an answer for you.

The UFC's reigning welterweight champion was asked about the prospect of fighting Silva during a press conference to promote UFC 129 today, and responded swiftly - it's not on his mind.

"I don't think about it. I've never thought about it," St. Pierre said of a fight against Silva. "I always live in the present moment. It would be foolish for me to look past Jake Shields. He's the biggest threat to my title right now. He's a very well-rounded fighter and I'm glad the UFC brought him because he's the top contender for the welterweight title.

St. Pierre's opponent on April 30, Shields, a former EliteXC welterweight and Strikeforce middleweight champion, will be looking to spoil the UFC's plans.

“Maybe a little, but not really,” Shields responded when asked if felt disrespected due to all of the superfight talk. “They’ve both been so dominant in the UFC the last few years. People are talking about it, but I think it’s a big mistake to overlook me because I plan on going out there and spoiling that fight for everyone."

Shields has also been vocal about taking St. Pierre's spot against Silva if he were to defeat the French-Canadian in Toronto two months from now. However, it's an idea that White hasn't given much thought to.

"Jake's been on this run fighting at 185 lbs and being dominant there too, but the thing is the reason this fight makes so much sense is because these two have been consistently fighting in the UFC," said White. "This is more of a legacy superfight. People argue over these two about who the best pound-for-pound fighter is.

"Both have cleaned out their divisons and that's why the fight makes sense. It's like the pound-for-pound championship."

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