Anderson Silva Says Dana White Blocking George St-Pierre’s Boxing Bout Doesn’t Make Sense

Published 05/20/2021, 9:00 AM EDT


Anderson Silva is arguably one of the greatest ever Mixed Martial Arts fighters. The former UFC middleweight champion has never shied away from a challenge. Now, despite being on the wrong side of his 40s, ‘The Spider’ will test himself in the boxing ring against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

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Like Silva, rumors suggested that former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre would also enter the boxing ring to face Oscar De La Hoya. However, Dana White and the UFC reportedly blocked the move. Silva has now had his say on the matter.

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The 34-11 MMA fighter spoke to Fight Hub TV ahead of his bout on June 19 and said, “I think it no [doesn’t] make sense. Especially because Georges [has] done a lot for this sport, especially for UFC. And why [would] you hold the guy? This no [doesn’t] make sense.”

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Thus, this comment from the UFC legend showed his disagreement with White and the UFC blocking a potential bout for St-Pierre. Reports suggested that St-Pierre and Triller had agreed to a deal, and Triller Fight Club founder, Ryan Kavanaugh, even threw in another offer to White. Despite this, it appears Oscar De La Hoya will not fight St-Pierre.

Anderson Silva explains why Dana White should not stop Georges St-Pierre

The comments from the former UFC champion made no secret of his disapproval of the situation. However, Silva did not leave it at that. ‘The Spider’ also explained why he disagrees with how the UFC has handled the situation surrounding ‘Rush’.

Silva said, “Georges is a fighter. You can’t hold a fighter. It’s the same [If] you take the Lion in the jungle and put it inside the cage. The Lion will die. You can’t do that. Nobody can do that, it no [doesn’t] make sense. This is terrible.”

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Georges St-Pierre of Canada prepares to enter the Octagon prior to facing Michael Bisping of England in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 217 event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Based on these comments, the former UFC champion feels the Canadian is trapped by the UFC. This will only add to the drama surrounding the event. Moreover, it will be interesting to see if Dana White and the UFC change their stance on Georges St-Pierre.

What do you make Anderson Silva’s comments? 

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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