If pound-for-pound great Georges St-Pierre gets by Carlos Condit this weekend at UFC 154 the heat will be turned up on talk pertaining to a possible super-fight between GSP and middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Both Silva and UFC President Dana White have been pushing for the potential pairing in recent months, while St-Pierre has remained 100% focused on the task at hand rather than moving up for a shot at “The Spider”.
One of the arguments against a showdown between St-Pierre and Silva, regardless of how “Rush” performs next weekend, has surrounded the size difference between the two. Silva is taller and heavier than St-Pierre, occasionally fighting at 205 pounds as he did last month in a win over Stephan Bonnar. However, UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes doesn’t think Silva’s physical prowess will make much of a difference if the bout does ever take place, and actually feels as though St-Pierre is somewhat of a lock to emerge victorious.
“I really believe if GSP and Silva fight Georges will have his hand raised,” said Hughes in an interview with BJPenn.com. “GSP is not a great wrestler, but he transitions so well from striking to wrestling that he will be on Silva’s legs before Anderson even knows what’s going on. I believe Georges is that quick and I don’t think Silva will be able to do a whole lot with Georges on top of him.”
“Georges is going to be in great shape. He always is, and I don’t think Silva would be able to use his weight advantage on GSP to try and tire him out. If anyone will get tired I think it will be Silva because he’s not going to be in the positions he wants to be in,” Hughes continued in his assessment. “Georges will put him in some bad situations and I think GSP will do well in the fight and walk away the winner.”
Silva’s trouble with stopping takedowns and getting up off of his back have most notably been on display in clashes with Chael Sonnen, nearly costing him the middleweight belt back in 2010 as well. Of course, the crafty Brazilian went on to win both bouts against Sonnen, making for an interesting scenario if he does ever square off with St-Pierre.