Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre interested in superfight with Anderson Silva under fair conditions

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre hasn't always been keen on talk of 'superfights,' but his tone has certainly softened over the past year. St-Pierre even told Ariel Helwani back in July 2013 that he was interested in the prospect, but that he was keeping his plans tightlipped. Now, with all that's transpired with him personally and professionally since last summer, St-Pierre again is stating a renewed interest in one day fighting former middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Speaking with ESPN Brazil and translated by Bloody Elbow's Fernando Arbex, St-Pierre says he'd be willing to take the fight given a number of conditions.

"There were conversations before but they were talking about me going up at 185," says St-Pierre. "I weigh 190 pounds, the guy weighs 230 pounds when he is off season. I'm 190 pounds off season. Right now I'm 195 at maximum. My friends saw him and he is now 230, 235. I know people who know him. He is very big. It's not a fair fight for me. Before, Anderson Silva was in my size when he used to fight in Japan but he is very big now.

"They were talking also that he was going to come in my division when I was the champion and I would have no choice. But me going up and after I fight go back down...I can't play with my weight. I can't come back and fight for the title or in a superfight. It has to respect my conditions, all I ask is a fair fight. Right now I need to take some time off. But if they have an offer with something good, maybe."

Back in May 2013, St-Pierre outright dismissed any discussion of a superfight with Silva after correctly predicting his UFC 162 loss to current champion Chris Weidman. Leading up to the pair's rematch at UFC 168 in December, Silva, himself, called the very concept of superfights 'perfect bulls**t,' more or less trumping them up to cash-grabs. Soon after, UFC president Dana White called the window for any superfight to be 'dead' and 'destroyed,' saying that the era had passed.

Talk of the fight ever realistically happening seemed completely dead in the water until Ed Soares, Silva's longtime manager, reintroduced the idea as a comeback fight for Silva earlier this year. "If we were able to pull something like that off, it would be a win-win for everybody - the fans, the UFC," Soares told USA Today back in January. "I think that would be awesome." With Silva now shooting for a return in mid 2015, could this be a viable option for he and St-Pierre?

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Nick Diaz and Mike Pyle are sparring in a room somewhere.

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Ready for Brazil.

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Less eye pokes?

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A little scary.

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Kinda cool. Find anyone's first tweet. HT to Ariel.

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Would have loved to see that.

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Top Prospects to Watch this Weekend

Here are some of the better prospects in action this weekend.

I've also updated my top 10 HW prospects after three fighters from the list I put out in December have signed with either UFC or WSOF. You can find the updates here.

Tech-Krep FC - 21 Mar - Krasnodar, Russia


HW

Tyler East (11-3) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (20-5)

Age: 24

Height: 6'6


From a sheer physical talent standpoint, East is one of the best HW prospects in the world. He has a wrestling background, outstanding athletic ability and looked to be improving his standup game as he stayed busy back in 2012. What holds him back is a history of Cocaine use, Domestic Violence, and a recent year long stint in prison. Since getting out of prison his only fight ended in no contest, so I really have no clue what to expect out of him here. With all his issues East might not be welcome in any of the major US organizations until he can put up some wins and time in front of his issues. Kharitonov at 33 years old has won two in a row since losing to Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce HW Grand Prix, and could punch his own ticket back to the bigger shows with a win here.

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