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GSP Is Not Worthy of Anderson Silva

…so said Silva’s manager Ed Soares, when asked by ProMMARadio about a potential Georges St. Pierre/Anderson Silva superfight:

“That sounds great, I think GSP is an incredible fighter. But I think GSP needs to prove himself. He still hasn’t had a successful title defense (at 170 lbs.). I don’t really feel that he deserves (a Silva fight) yet. Go defend your title a few times and then we’ll talk.”

The thing is, St. Pierre has proven himself many times over to be an elite-level fighter, and Soares is veering uncomfortably close to Juanito Ibarra territory, wild statement-wise. But what makes his dismissal of GSP particularly ironic is that Spider’s next fight is likely going to be against Patrick Cote, who doesn’t deserve to be in the same room as Silva or GSP. With Yushin Okami suffering a broken hand, Cote is really and truly next in line for a title shot; that little shitshow could happen at UFC 88 (September 6th, Atlanta).

A relatively one-dimensional striker, Cote doesn’t bring any more to the table than James Irvin did, and their bout will almost certainly be another brief exhibition for Silva. The silver lining is that with this belt-defense obligation out of the way quickly, Silva will be free to “test the waters” at light-heavyweight again — and he does plan on fighting at least one more time before the end of the year.

Sort of related: “UFC Silva vs. Irvin” was a ratings smash. The broadcast averaged 3.1 million viewers, peaked at 3.8 million viewers, and according to SpikeTV, beat all basic cable and broadcast networks in that timeslot for the “males 18-49″ and “males/females 18-34″ demographics.

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securityscott- April 23, 2009 at 9:31 am
Typo in my last post...I know GSP isn't scheduled to fight Silva at UFC 100. I meant a future UFC match.
securityscott- April 23, 2009 at 9:14 am
Silva's the one not worthy of fighting GSP! There's a BIG difference in "Taking on all comers" and "Fighting all comers". Win or lose, GSP comes to fight...and you never hear Dana White commenting on a poor, digusting performance after a GSP fight. Why? Because unlike Silva, GSP actually FIGHTS his opponents. As of late, all Silva does is perform half-hearted antics and run around, and every time he gets taken down, he gets the crap beat out of him (see Lutter, Henderson fights). Perhaps if Silva and GSP face off at UFC 100, Silva will win via Cartwheels...aptly avoiding any damage while merrily twirling about the ring. Maybe it will become his signature move, so he can reach 100 straight title defences. Silva makes me SICK...
you people r crazy- January 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm
have you people lost your minds anderson would beat gsp into canadian bacon. I've been watching mixed martial arts for over 12 years. Anderson silva is comfortable on the ground morons in chute box academy they repeatedly stated he was the best technical juijitsu guy there. he's bigger faster and more flexible, gsp is the best in his division to me his loss to serra doesn't count, but come on gsp takes down silva at will who cares what is he going to do after that. next thing you know you guys will be saying gsp is going knock him by devasting punches or muy thai clinch. Gimme a break gsp is not beating hendo or franklin and hendo knocked out wandy, so why the hell won't anderson who is naturally bigger. GSP is good but who cares if he took down Rashad does anyone realy think his westling or rashad's is better than dan henderson.
DLO MCNABB- August 19, 2008 at 5:54 pm
No question about it, GSP would take Silva to the ground right from the bell. The guy has an 80% success rate on his takedowns, that's ridiculous. He has dominated top wrestlers; Fitch, Hughes, Koscheck, Sherk. He was training for the Olympics and had never wrestled a day before he started training MMA. Lutter is a complete hack in my opinion and he was able to gain full mount, only to ultimately F*ck it up by gassing. GSP would have a tough time finishing the fight but I could definitely see him winning the fight by a unanimous decision. He would take hime down be active. The striking and clinch is a clear advantage for Silva, against anyone, not only GSP. I don't think he could stand long enough to work the clinch though. Don't get me wrong I'm a huge fan of Silva and am not saying it's a forsure W for GSP, what I am saying is it's not unrealistic to say GSP would win.

The fight has potential to be over quick, if GSP gets caught in a stand up slug fest, or it could be a relatively boring 3 or 5 round fight on the ground with GSP winning a decision.
FiSH- August 9, 2008 at 6:06 am
Silva would DESTROY GSP! And the fight not only could, but WILL happen eventually, as long as both fighters stay on top of their game and keep winning. Since GSP walks around btw 185-190lbs there's no reason he couldn't fight at 185 as a MW against Silva. Since both of them have fights lined up (silva vs. Cote and GSP & Penn said tonight that they would fight), and I'm sure GSP wouldn't want to fight an average MW before jumping in w/the Spider, it prob couldn't happen for at least another yr or so. But either way, Silva's striking is ridiculous. It just seems like he can hit anyone, at anytime, wherever he wants. HE makes it look too easy. He just waits until he finds an opening for the KO shot and then he really goes to work. Plus, Silva's ground game is so underated b/c he almost never needs to use it. GSP can't come close to Silva in KO power. None of Silva's recent fights have even been close, but GSP has had to battle to win. This fight would be awesome, but in the end it would be Silva by KO.
knows mma- August 7, 2008 at 11:18 pm
A EGG WITH NO YOKE(typo in the previous post) better than you-YOURE A STUPID EMPTY SHELL!
knows mma- August 7, 2008 at 11:15 pm
hey better than you, dude youre one delusional, blithering halfwit! you have no clue what talent is, you fucking talentless piece of shit! GSP is by far the most talented mma fighter in the world, and i have seen many , many, many fighters and i have yet to see anyone close to his talent. youre just one of those morons who likes to run his mouth and spew out shit, cause after all you have no talent, in fact no ability in anything, thats why you fail to see TALENT, cause you got NONE! -youre an egg with yoke inside...fucking stupid empty shell!
Silva is over rated!- July 30, 2008 at 12:07 am
The middleweight division is the worst in MMA right now. GSP will take Silva down at will and ground & pound and even submit Silva. If Lutter was in shape the first fight, he would have won. Silva only impressive opponent has been Dan Henderson, other than that just bunch of bums including Franklin.
Marcel- July 23, 2008 at 12:47 am
@ Ricky954:

Bro, before you designate yourself as board moderator you should brush up on your reading comprehension and your grammar skills. Otherwise, you come off sounding like a dick#$%.
better than you- July 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm
GSP hasnt proven nothing! not a dam thing.

IMO his best wins are over Hughes but lets get real! hughes is not what he use to be basically he beat him when hughes was not in his prime. Thus I give GSP little to no credit for beating him. His fight with penn went all the way I say Penn won. YEAH thats penn not at his best. Kos is crap and should be fired or sent to IFL. Serra RAPED GSP totally owned him. Nothing will ever change that. GSP got the belt back but serra was comming of an injury and a long lay off. So again little to no credit for the Canadian champion

Thus his most impressive wins I am taking them all away from him. Like I said hes in a TRASH CAN! once he defends his belt at least twice or can pull off a long reign like Hughes did

GSP=champion of the internet fanboys! which by MMA math= TRASH CAN
the fucin man- July 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm
the spiders head looks like a malteaser they should make some phony photos of lyotto banging his mum and dog.friends hav had to fight before what the fuck is this ultimate friends championships james irvin is a spaz i could last longer than that with my crane kick look at silva loosing on youtube this guy pulls of the baddist sub i hav ever seen and beats him.english fighter lee murray put up a good fight against him till the 3rd round when he gassed but it went all he way lyotto is the only 1 that could avoid his strikes i think chuck or wandy stand a chance of catching him.fedor would tie him to the cage and tap that lanky ass then eat his splean with some gravy and a bottle of smirnoff but it will not happen.silva has to face chuck wandy thiago rampage or lyotto or am not watching.
ballzak- July 22, 2008 at 12:59 pm
gsp wouldnt beat the dont even know if wandy or chuck can beat him (spider) at this point. weight doesnt matter. you either can kick ass or you cant. gsp barley beat bj penn and silva beat hendo in the second. hendo>bjpenn, therfore silva will kill gsp!
Tony- July 22, 2008 at 3:26 am
who cares, the fight will never happen....gsp walks around at 185 and is only 5'9. hes giving up a minimum of 5 inches in height and almost a foot in reach. They are both great fighters but to say that GSP has an advantage on the ground is ridiculous. Silva is a true BJJ Black belt and with the size advantage GSP would have a tough time with any ground and pound and would have no shot in passing his guard. It would be similar to the Monson/Sylvia fight......Monson was far superior in strength and technique but he couldnt reach the walrus to hit him
please....- July 22, 2008 at 2:59 am
Except for the fact that he fought henderson at 185 not 205....and dan was whooping his ass in the first round he just got lucky and pulled it off...I mean come if lutter didn't gas who knows what would have happened..lutter isn't even that good
Ricky954- July 22, 2008 at 1:51 am
HaHa GSP the king ! GSP is good but..your talking about people GSP has fought at 170 or 155, Silva fights guys at 185 & now 205 that he's finished all of them. Rich Franklin twice, Dan Henderson(205), James Irvin(205), I mean c'mon. Dan Henderson alone would destroy GSP. Give it up. Anderson Silva is the "TRUTH" ! Ricky954

P.S. Marcel : Were talking about Silva now and GSP now not what GSP could be or because he has age on his side......Anderson Silva dominates GSP no matter how you slice it.
Spider - (man)- July 22, 2008 at 1:43 am
Spider would win just because sheer size. GSP is a great fighter and I do believe that he has earnes the right to do what ever he wants. So he got caught by Serra every dog has its day. Also the rematch proved that he was a superior fighter so this whole defend the title bs goes right out the window. I also agree that Silva needs to stay in the light heavyweight division. He is too big for 185 and I would love to see him fight his way to the top. @ whatever chump stain that said he is bored with Silva wtf the guy puts on an absolute clinic with everyone he fights. Silva is unstopable @185 hence the move to 205 should be mandated.
JAZACKED- July 22, 2008 at 1:34 am
GSP dominates this fight on the ground...if he can survive strikes trying to take Silva to the ground then he wins the fight for shizzle.....
I want that fight to happen- July 22, 2008 at 12:41 am
GSP's striking is overrated
Spiderman's ground is overrated

I would think Spiderman would try to keep it standing and GSP would like the ground.
But when GSP wants to take it to the ground, it goes to the ground.

I'd give GSP a slight advantage on the ground. Spiderman gets more of an advantage in the stand up.

But I don't care! GSP ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!! GSP! GSP! GSP!
Then GSP can take Spiderman's #1 P4P title away!
Marcel- July 22, 2008 at 12:35 am
Hey, all you GSP haters! Don't forget that GSP trains all the time with bigger guys like Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine... the word out of those camps is that Georges can take all those guys down to the mat at will pretty much, but they can't get through GSP's stellar sprawl take down defense!!! Don't get me wrong, Anderson is a great champion, but there's always someone stronger waiting in the wings. Could that person be GSP? He also has age working in his favor. Anderson is like 7-8 years older than Georges and as a result, I don't think he has the same explosiveness or stamina... With all that, I must also admit that I'm a Canadian and a huge GSP fan so I'm clearly biased.
CJ- July 21, 2008 at 11:30 pm
Yeah I'm pretty confused about all this GSP hype. He's fucking awesome, don't get me wrong. Silva is out of this world though.

If Serra could catch GSP, why does anyone believe Silva wouldn't do the exact same thing, only faster and easier?
Darkside- July 21, 2008 at 11:28 pm
GSP=overrated. Yeah, I said it. Silva would destroy him worse than Matt Serra did in their first fight.
GSP the king- July 21, 2008 at 11:20 pm
GSP is the man...flat out! I watched him doing pullups with a one hundred pound dumbell between his legs....he only weighs 170! Everyone says he need to prove about killing maniac mike miller...and frank trigg..and hughes twice..and bj penn...and koscheck...and whooping sean sherk...maybe he lost to serra on a fluke but he is still an animal...just watch how fast he will be against fitch...and for he beat irvin so what! if he walks around at 220 anyways then why cut all the way down to 185????? let wanderlei hook up with him...nighty night silva!
GSP the king- July 21, 2008 at 11:20 pm
GSP is the man...flat out! I watched him doind pullups with a one hundred pound dumbell between his legs....he only wieghs 170! Everyone says he need to prove about killing maniac mike miller...and frank trigg..and hughes twice..and bj penn...and koscheck...and whooping sean sherk...maybe he lost to serra on a fluke but he is still an animal...just watch how fast he will be against fitch...and for he beat irvin so what if he walks around at 220 anyways then why cut all the way down to 185????? let wanderlei hook up with him...nighty night silva!
terrence- July 21, 2008 at 10:51 pm
i think anderson would get killed by GSP in a middleweight fight, but id rather see GSP kick around alves, koschech, and sanchez first
Fastfoodandbeer- July 21, 2008 at 10:44 pm
Yeah maybe GSP hasn't made any title defenses but he definitely has beat plenty of top level competition. My reason for not wanting to see this fight is because I have a man crush on GSP. If he lost, especially if he lost to a barrage of knees to his face I would probably cry and stop watching MMA all together.