Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has slammed the UFC for preventing GSP from making a crossover to boxing and taking on former six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya.
Triller Fight Club head Ryan Kavanaugh had revealed earlier this week that their company was trying to make a fight between the UFC and boxing legends. He revealed that GSP was still under contract with the UFC even if he hasn’t competed in the sport in nearly four years.
GSP last fought against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 and defeated him via a rear-naked choke in the third round to become the new UFC middleweight champion.
GSP had confirmed the news earlier this week in an interview.
“I understand that Dana didn’t want me to fight,” St-Pierre said in an interview with Cinema Blend. “However, it would have been fun. Because my career as a professional fighter, to become the best in the world in mixed martial arts, is done. I’m turning 40 years old tomorrow; I’m going to be 40 years old. It’s a young man’s game.
Anderson Silva rips UFC for preventing GSP from boxing
Former champion blasted the UFC and said that it made no sense for the UFC to block GSP from fighting.
“I think it doesn’t make sense, especially because Georges did a lot for the sport, especially for UFC,” Silva said. “Why you hold the guy? This makes no sense.”
“Georges is a fighter,” Silva said. “You can’t hold a fighter. It’s the same if you take the lion in the jungle and put him inside a cage. The lion is going to die. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that. This makes no sense. This is terrible, terrible – completely terrible.”
“First of all, I think when you do your job, especially fight in the level me and Georges do it, you need to respect,” Silva said. “Georges worked hard to make a lot of things for UFC. It makes no sense, Dana White holding Georges St-Pierre. I have my personal opinion about Dana, and I’m not anymore in UFC. I don’t like to talk about UFC because everything I do inside UFC is done for me. I do my best, I put in my heart in the company, but now it’s a page in my life that’s done.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)
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