UFC middleweight Anderson Silva – the center of much speculation surrounding a superfight involving Georges St-Pierre – was Octagonside at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday night to witness St-Pierre’s return to fighting after more than a year and a half out of action.
He liked what he saw.
“This is new Georges. This is new; I like it,” said Silva in an interview with Fuel TV following the fight.
St-Pierre had to go the distance with Carlos Condit, but he fought through being dropped by a head kick to dominate the fight, re-establishing himself as the undisputed UFC welterweight champion.
With all the talk of the superfight, many assumed it was a given if St-Pierre won the fight. It may happen, but UFC president Dana White already said that he’s going to give GSP a little time to recuperate before broaching the subject with him. Fuel TV, however, broached the subject with Silva on Saturday night, and he was definitive in his response. He wants to fight Georges St-Pierre… in his next fight.
“Yeah, this is my plan, but it’s not my decision,” said Silva.
One area where he might differ from White, and one of the reasons why the UFC president said the bout was far from a done deal, is negotiations over factors such as timing.
White indicated that he would like to see the fight happen at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, and as soon as May of 2013. Silva isn’t quite so sure about that. He likes the location, but timing weighs on his mind.
“No. I need time for training. I need time for preparation for this fight,” he responded when asked about a May timeframe.
The questions about a superfight will continue to swirl until steps are made toward each man’s next fight. The ball seems to be in St-Pierre’s court, however, as Silva has lobbied for the fight, and on Saturday night, confirmed once again, it is the fight he wants.
Watch Anderson Silva’s post-UFC 154 Fuel TV interview below…