While UFC president Dana White, middleweight king Anderson Silva and every fan walking God’s green earth are clamoring over the possibility of the superfight between Silva and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (Pictured) finally coming to fruition, GSP claims there are still many 170-pound hurdles he has to clear before batting “The Spider.”
First and foremost, interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit, who many seem to be overlooking despite what “The Natural Born Killer” has accomplished during St-Pierre’s 16-month (and counting) hiatus.
“It’s terrible. I hate that [people are already talking about a fight against Anderson Silva], but I’m not focusing on that. I’m not speculating,” St-Pierre told MMAWeekly. “I’m thinking about Condit right now, that’s what I should do.”
Prior to undergoing knee surgery in December, St-Pierre was originally scheduled to defend his hardware against Condit at UFC 137 this past October. The baddest welterweight in bare feet hasn’t been seen since beating Jake Shields at UFC 129 in April 2011. The fight marked his ninth consecutive victory and sixth straight title defense.
While absence makes the heart grow fonder in some cases, in the fight business, out of sight, out of mind serves more as the prevailing theme. With new contenders to this reign emerging during his lengthy sabbatical, many have quickly forgotten how dominant St-Pierre was before getting injured.
That’s why the 31-year-old would like to wax his division completely clean before contemplating a blockbuster bout with Silva.
“I feel like I have a lot of guys that are there [at welterweight] and I don’t understand why people are going crazy now, but I just came back from an injury, so maybe some people see me as a weak link. We’ll see what’s going to happen in the future,” St-Pierre said in closing.
St-Pierre and Condit look to unify the 170-pound crown at UFC 154. “Rush” is nearly a 4-to-1 odds on favorite to steamroll Condit on November 17th.