- ST. PIERRE FOCUSED ON SERRA, OPEN TO SILVA

April 10, 2008
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by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Make no mistake about it Georges St. Pierre is currently focused on reclaiming the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title he lost at the hands of Matt Serra. He will get his chance, in front of his hometown crowd in Montreal, on April 19 when the two meet in the main event of UFC 83.

“I do a lot of imagery. I have seen these things before and when I walk into the Octagon on April 19 it seems to me it won’t be the first time that it has happened because I have been through the scenario before,” said St. Pierre on Thursday’s pre-fight conference call.

He added, “I know how to fight him. I’m going to fight him in a way that nobody has fought him before. I’m going to do some stuff that nobody has seen before.”

Despite the task at hand, St. Pierre’s future has continually garnered more attention. In particular, he has been adding name after name to his list of accomplishments in the welterweight division. If he is able to defeat Serra, the field fighters for him in the UFC’s 170-pound class narrows severely.

There are possible welterweight fights on the horizon in Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves, but a true blockbuster event has recently been gathering steam in the form of a challenge to Anderson Silva’s middleweight championship.

Silva has dominated the 185-pound division since his arrival in the UFC. In six bouts, he has yet to venture outside of the second round, finishing every one of his opponents; a list that includes Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin and Nate Marquardt. He seems unstoppable.

A showdown between two of the UFC’s most popular stars, St. Pierre and Silva, would seem to be a monumental event. But to make a fight happen, the first order of business is for both to agree to fight each other. St. Pierre, at least, has given it thought and is open to the challenge.

“I’ve been thinking about it. It’s going to depend on the scenario. I have a lot of training partners at 185 and my weight class is 170. I would never get into the way of one of my training partners,” he stated. “I would never fight somebody I train with. But if one day, I have the opportunity, the way is clear, and I did everything I had to do in my division, of course I will (fight Silva).”

Of course any such talk is still premature, as St. Pierre must first get beyond Serra on April 19.

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