MANILA, Philippines – Respected boxing trainer Freddie Roach believes two of mixed martial arts’ (MMA) best fighters, Georges St. Pierre (GSP) and Anderson Silva, will never meet inside the Octagon.
The Brazilian legend Silva is the long-reigning king of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight division, while St. Pierre was the best at the welterweight class before getting sidelined with a knee injury.
The two fighters are also at the top of most pound-for-pound lists, with Silva at No. 1 and St. Pierre at No. 2. Roach has worked with both fighters in the past.
In an interview with MMA Mania, Roach said he does not think the two fighters will ever slug it out, even though many fans have been dreaming of that match-up. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=I0d3yAMrM3E]
“The thing is, size-wise, I think Anderson’s a little more fluent at this point. He’s a lot bigger than Georges, of course,” Roach said.
Silva stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 184 pounds, while St. Pierre stands 5-foot-10 and weights 170 pounds.
“That’s why I don’t think that fight, they’ve been talking about that fight happening, I don’t think it will happen,” Roach said. “I’ve talked to Georges about it, and Silva is just way too big.”
A better physical match for Silva would be light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones, but Jones has steadfastly refused to fight Silva, who is one of his biggest influences in the sport.
Silva will defend his UFC middleweight championship against old rival Chael Sonnen at UFC 147 this June.
St. Pierre, meanwhile, is still recovering from an ACL injury.