"It's a complete re-orientation of my career. People are saying crazy stuff, 'oh, he just has to gain 30 pounds and take the fight and fight him in three months.' I can't get 30 pounds in three months. It would take a lot more than that. If I want to go up in weight class. There's a lot that goes into the decision to jump from 170 to 185 pounds. Plus, Silva fights at light heavyweight as well. So he walks around at ... he's probably 40 pounds heavier than I am. So if I fight this fight, it might be at a catch weight. If it happens. I've had a lot of success at 170. If I move to 185, I need to talk to my sponsors, my trainers. It's a complete change of life. Do I want to take the risk, maybe yes. It's gonna be a great challenge. Maybe, no. But I have to talk with my trainers... I'm not afraid of nobody in the world, I'm a martial artist." -Georges St. Pierre via Cagewriter
St. Pierre caught flak recently over comments he made during a post fight show following UFC on Versus 3, with some fans suggesting that the long-time welterweight king was afraid to face his middleweight counterpart.
Talk of a fight between the two long-time champions emenates from comments made by UFC president Dana White a couple of months ago suggesting that if each won their respective upcoming fight they would be matched up against each other.
Silva took care of his part of the deal by quickly dispatching of dangerous fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort via first round knockout.
Now it's up to St. Pierre to get past an opponent who has not lost since 2004, highly regarded jiu-jitsu specialist and catch wrestler Jake Shields. The two are set to square off at UFC 129 in Toronto, Canada on April 30.
If St. Pierre can get past Shields, then talk of a possible catchweight fight with Silva or a permanent move for St. Pierre up to middleweight can be taken a bit more seriously.