We’ve thought for a while that Georges St. Pierre isn’t keen to fight middleweight champion Anderson Silva and now the welterweight champion has confirmed it.
In his first television appearance since defending the welterweight title against Carlos Condit last week, St. Pierre told French-Canadian viewers that he thinks there are plenty of fights - and dollars - to be made without taking catchweight matches against bigger fighters.
During his appearance on ‘Tout Le Monde en Parle’ (‘Everyone in Conversation’) he said he would consider taking the fight “only when the time is right”. St. Pierre spoke in French for the duration of the appearance and his comments have been translated by MMA Fighting:
“This fight is the cherry on the sundae. He wants to fight me so he can then retire. I would like to fight him too, but after I fight him and win the fight, what happens next? These days, yeah, there's a lot of money to be made, but I don't fight for the money. My motivation is to be the best. Like we said, to be the Wayne Gretzky of my sport.
“So if I fight him, what happens next? It will be over. So yes, I want the fight, but I want to take it when I decide the time is right, not when he wants the fight to happen.
“On top of that, he weighs 234 pounds; I weigh 188. So there's a big weight difference. I've fought guys who were bigger - I'm not scared of him - it's just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me.
“I just came back from an injury, there's money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there, and if I fight him, I will have to gain weight, while he will have to lose weight, and then afterwards, I won't be able to come back to my weight class.”
St. Pierre wore sunglasses for the duration of his appearance, saying he had yet to heal fully from the fight. His clash with Condit came after an 18-month absence from the ring and was at points one of his tougher clashes. His face was more marked and swollen afterwards than it had been for most of his preceding fights.