Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre would have arguably been one of the most anticipated fights of all-time.
When the two were at the peaks of their prime, both were UFC champions. St-Pierre was the welterweight champion, while Silva was the middleweight champion. Both fighters were simply dominating their respective divisions and the champion vs. champion fight is something many fans were hoping for. However, it never came to fruition and appears likely it never will happen.
Ultimately, Silva believes it is St-Pierre’s fault that the fight between the two never happened. In which he said this speaking to ESPN recently.
“That’s an interesting fight, but Georges has never come to accept the challenge,” Silva said. “Georges just runs, runs, runs, It’s crazy. I do not think Georges wants the fight — but that’s OK. I respect Georges. He is a great fighter. Maybe he just has a different view — to take easy fights. That’s not me. I like to take the big challenges in my life.
“Georges is very lucky and very smart. He never goes to take a fight if it’s not easy. That’s the point,” Silva continued. “Georges, for me, is a great fighter, but he never takes the real challenges in life. That’s my opinion. I respect him, but that’s my opinion.”
If the fight did happen it would have been a tough fight to pick. Both fighters are up there in the greatest of all-time conversation. If in fact, the fight did happen, whoever won would have been the pound for pound best. Ultimately, if what Silva is saying is true, it is St-Pierre’s fault they two never squared off inside the Octagon.
Even if the fight happened in 2019, it doesn’t have the same appeal. St-Pierre is practically retired. While Silva is making his return at UFC 234 to take on Israel Adesanya, after his USADA suspension. Unfortunately for fans, that pretty much rules out the fight from ever happening.
No matter what, even though they never fought, for fans that was a fight they could wish would have happened. It would solve a lot of debates of who is the greatest ever, but unfortunately, it just didn’t happen.