MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has made it clear that a mega-fight against middleweight king Anderson “The Spider” Silva will happen on his terms.
Silva has made no secret of his desire to fight St-Pierre, but the welterweight champion does not seem so keen about the fight.
In an interview on Radio Canada, St-Pierre explained that he will fight the “Spider” only when the time is right for him.
“Yes, I want the fight, but I want to take it when I decide the time is right, not when he (Silva) wants the fight to happen,” St-Pierre said as translated by MMA Fighting.
“He wants to fight me, so he can then retire. I would like to fight him too, but after I fight him and win the fight, what happens next?” he pointed out. “If I fight him, what happens next? It will be over.”
St-Pierre also noted that Silva has a big weight advantage over him, although he said that he was not scared to fight a bigger man.
“It’s just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me,” he explained. “I just came back from an injury, there’s money to be made, there are fights in my weight class, other challenges out there.”
“First and foremost, I have things to do at 170-pounds,” St-Pierre added. “When I am ready and when I want the fight, that’s when it will happen.”
The Canadian acknowledged that a fight with Silva will bring him money, but stressed that this was not his reason for fighting.
“Yeah, there’s a lot of money to be made, but I don’t fight for the money. My motivation is to be the best,” he added.
St-Pierre is coming off a dominant unanimous decision victory over interim champion Carlos Condit, in what was his first fight in over a year since recovering from a knee injury.