MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre remains focused on his return bout against interim title-holder Carlos Condit despite rumors of a possible fight against middleweight king Anderson “The Spider” Silva of Brazil.
St-Pierre suffered an ACL injury in his right knee last December and was sidelined for over 10 months. He is set to return on November 17 to fight Condit for the undisputed title at UFC 154.
But much of the buzz has been about a potential super-fight against Silva, which will pit two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC against each other.
“Right now, I’m not ready for any other guy than Carlos Condit,” St-Pierre said in an interview with Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t think about it.”
St-Pierre also pointed out that even if he gets past Condit, there are other contenders waiting for him at the welterweight division.
“I’m ready for all the top guys, and some of them are in my division – John Fitch, Martin Kampmann,” he said. “They want to fight me, too. I cannot split myself in half or in threes.”
The Canadian star knows that a bout against Silva is the big money fight, however, saying: “People want to make money, the most they can on pay-per-view buys.”
But for now, he insists that his focus is on Condit, whom he considers “the best fighter I’ve ever faced.”
“I’m ready. I’ve been studying him like I do in every fight. I don’t care what he’s going to do. I’m ready. I know he’s very smart, very durable,” St-Pierre said. “A good technical striker who can be unorthodox, and a good ground guy.”
Although it will be his first fight since coming back from the ACL injury, St-Pierre is confident.
“I’m at my best right now, better than my best,” he said.