While Anderson Silva has been dealing with his sterling career being called into question after testing positive for steroids following his UFC 183 win over Nick Diaz, it appears a superfight against Georges St-Pierre was on the table.
GSP appeared on yesterday’s edition of The MMA Hour and said that Dana White had approached him about taking Silva on (prior to the drug scandal).
“[UFC president Dana White] called me to fight in Montreal [on April 25 at UFC 186], and he also texted me to see if I was interest in fighting Anderson Silva right before the thing came up,” St-Pierre said. “And I said no…and then the whole thing came up and everything and it was bad. That fight with Anderson would have interested me [his manager] Ed Soares said something in the media and they make people talk.”
GSP said that while he was tempted, the timing wasn’t right to accept the match.
“I never said never, but now is not that time for me,” he said. “I’m not interested right now. The way that things go, I’m not interested right now. I’m busy with other stuff too.”
The Canadian welterweight didn’t confirm when he would be returning to the Octagon but admitted that his self-imposed sabbatical is getting harder to maintain.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m busy with everything and I work on other projects,” he said. “But for sure I watch the fights sometimes and I feel the itch. And the more and more I watch the fights the more I feel the itch. I took time out of competition because I was also burned out of all the pressure and the expectations and everything. I needed to find a way out to keep my mental stability so to speak. And, yeah, I’m not going to lie. The more time that goes by the more I feel the itch. And now I’ve had my knee surgery, my knee feels 100 percent now. And I’m even able to perform some movement that I can do now that I was not able to do before, so I’ve even made a progression in that department.
Tags: Georges St. Pierre, Mixed Martial Arts