Firas Zahabi: Georges St-Pierre wants to fight Anderson Silva

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

SEATTLE -- Despite recent claims from Anderson Silva's camp stating otherwise, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is still interested in a blockbuster fight against Anderson Silva, according to TriStar gym head trainer Firas Zahabi.

"I asked him if he wants to fight Anderson. He told me, ‘Yes,'" Zahabi said. "But I think there's a lot to be negotiated, so I don't know much more than that. If one day they tell me he's fighting Anderson Silva, I'll treat him accordingly. If they tell me he's fighting Nick Diaz, I'll treat him accordingly."

St-Pierre is currently vacationing following a hard-fought title defense over Carlos Condit at UFC 154, his first fight in 19 months, and has mostly laid low during public negotiations.

"After a fight like that, he needs time off," said Zahabi.

"Honestly, whenever we've just finished a fight, we're just so happy the fight is done, we don't talk about fighting anymore. And then when we get a name, that's all we're focused on."

Zahabi went on to say that if terms can be agreed to and the Silva fight can somehow be cobbled together, it could be anytime from the near future to much later in the year.

Regardless, he has yet to become sick of the relentless superfight talk, because if that's what fans want to ask about, it's his responsibility to respond. However, back in TriStar's Montreal home base, fight fans seem to have a different match-up on their mind.

"In Canada, I get asked mostly about Diaz, I would say. When I'm in the States, Silva. But back home, it's just Diaz talk all the time. I don't know why. I can't explain it."

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