Georges St. Pierre has heard the cries of UFC fans. He now states he wants the superfight with Anderson Silva just like they all do. For a price. For the absurd amount of just $50 million, he is willing to put it all on the line and square of with Silva in the octagon.
Of course it is clear that this ridiculous demand will never be met. If he did indeed ask for that amount, and is unwilling to come off it substantially, the fight will never happen. It can be argued that is exactly what he is hoping for.
A source close to Pierre stated that he got this number based on the fact that he feels a fight with Anderson has the potential to end his MMA career. Taking future earnings in and out of the octagon into account, that sum would be required to make it worth his while.
Recently, I wrote an article stating that neither Georges St. Pierre or Anderson Silva dare to be great. And this would beautifully illustrate my point. While greatness alone doesn’t pay the bills, and someone in a career as short as a fighter’s needs to capitalize while they can, can it be any more clear that Pierre has no interest in being great? Instead, he is more focused on manufacturing a record filled with fighters he is confident he has every advantage over, unwilling to meet any opponent who presents a significant risk.
What does he even mean by saying his “career might be over” with a fight against Anderson? Does he mean that Silva might beat him so bad that he will never be able to recover? If he honestly thinks that, he is just being ridiculous and should change careers immediately. It is not like there have not been huge size differences in fighters before. More likely is that at this point, he so meticulously studies and focuses on the weaknesses of his over matched opponents, that he feels he will have trouble in this fight because for once he would not have clear advantages to exploit.
If he is worried that his career would be over from a standpoint that he will no longer be a viable fighter, he is even being more preposterous. This is a guy who lost to Matt Serra. Was his career destroyed? He rebounded nicely and that loss is a distant memory for most. A loss to a larger fighter who is ranked as the number one pound for pound fighter in the world would hardly damage his viability in the octagon or marketability outside of it.
George St. Pierre is unquestionably one of the best fighters ever to compete in the UFC, or anywhere in MMA. He is a true student of the game who takes his craft more seriously than just about anyone. But it seems that somewhere along the way he lost his true warrior instinct. He no longer wants to see how great he really is, but would just prefer to show his tremendous skills against inferior opponents.
It’s easy to say you are willing to fight someone when you throw an outrageous demand behind it, knowing it can never be met. That way, you can save face while knowing you will never have to back anything up. The true losers in this are the fans who will never get to see George St. Pierre or Anderson Silva square off in the UFC. Both are of unmatched skill, but only willing to display it when they know they are unlikely to face legitimate threats. While they may be the best MMA has to offer, neither of them dare to be great.