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GSP: Doesn’t Mind Silva, He’s More Interested with Shields

Written on February 09, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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“I don’t even think about this right now. I never thought about it. I always live in the present moment, and my biggest problem is Jake Shields.” ---Georges St-Pierre, UFC Middleweight Champion

After ’s victory last 126, media kept on asking him who’ll be his next opponent. There has been a rumor that Silva will be meeting next another top champion fighter in the name of . However, it seems that GSP is not really into this match-up.

“I don’t even think about this right now. I never thought about it. I always live in the present moment, and my biggest problem is ,” St-Pierre answered when talking about a fight with Silva. “It would be foolish for me to look past . He poses the biggest threat to my title. He’s a very well rounded fighter, and the UFC brought him in, and I’m glad they did because he’s the No. 1 guy for the welterweight title.

“As a champion, I’m a proud champion, and I want to fight the best guys. I’m going to fight Jake Shields, and I’m happy to do so.”

On the other hand, same thing also occured during Jake Shields’ final fight at Strikeforce. The promotion matches him to Dan Henderson. However, just like GSP, Shields has a lot in mind rather than that.

“Maybe a little, but not really,” Shields answered when asked if he felt disrespected by all the GSP vs. Silva 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 cause I plan on coming out there and spoiling that fight.”

“I love this role. I love getting looked past, same as Dan Henderson. Everybody’s talking about Henderson, the next champ, Strikeforce was trying to throw me out on a loss, but I definitely had different plans,” Shields commented. “Everyone’s talking about GSP this, and GSP that, which I do think he’s a phenomenal fighter and deserves all this, but I plan on going out there and dethroning his title run.”

UFC’s big boss puts his trust on Shields. He knows that he is a champion in the making. He thinks that the GSP vs. Silva fight match-ups motivates the former Strikeforce middleweight champ.

“People have been talking about this super fight between (St-Pierre and Silva) forever, and one of the things that I’ve always said is it’s a fantasy fight right now. Half of it’s over, (Silva) just beat Vitor Belfort. That was a very dangerous fight, and now Georges St-Pierre’s in a very dangerous fight up here in Canada. (Shields) is so stealth, it’s unbelievable, but that’s how he’s been his whole career,” White said on Tuesday.

“The oddsmakers made this fight six-to-one in Las Vegas. Let me tell you what, people have been counting this kid out forever, and I’ll admit, me too. He just fought Dan Henderson at 185 pounds and anybody’s who ever covered mixed martial arts in this room, and probably even his training camp, didn’t think he was going to win that fight. Not only did he win that fight, he dominated Dan Henderson, and beat him.”

“Georges has to get through this fight first before we can even talk about an Anderson Silva fight,” White said.

“Jake has been on this run and he’s fought at 185 pounds, too, and been dominant there. But the thing is the reason this Anderson Silva/Georges St-Pierre fight makes so much sense is because these two have been consistently fighting in the UFC, and this is more of a legacy super fight,” White explained. “People argue over who the pound-for-pound best in the world is. Is it GSP? Is it Anderson Silva? If he beats Jake Shields, (Anderson) just beat Vitor, they’ve cleaned out an entire division over the last several years and the fight makes sense.

“It’s like the pound-for-pound championship.”

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