‘Why You Hold The Guy?’- Anderson Silva Question’s Dana White For Blocking Georges St-Pierre’s Move To Boxing

Published 06/17/2021, 12:24 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva of Brazil (R) and Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping of England (L) compete in their Middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night held at at Indigo at The O2 Arena on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


This Saturday, UFC veteran and former middleweight champion Anderson Silva will make his boxing debut against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The retired MMA veteran feels lucky to see out his UFC contract and move to other ventures. But the same thing can’t be said for his fellow former middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

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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)

The latter was gearing up to face Oscar De La Hoya for a boxing debut just like Silva. But unlike Silva, who was out of his UFC contract, GSP is still bonded to UFC and thus Dana White blocked his move to boxing.

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Anderson Silva stands up for Georges St-Pierre

Recently, Silva appeared for an interview with MMA Junkie where he talked about his upcoming match. He also took a shot at UFC for blocking GSP‘s move.

“I believe in one thing, you know. Everything is new,” he said. “Georges has proved for the world how much he has worked hard and give your heart, give your time for fighting in UFC.”

“Right now, Georges is not fighting anymore in MMA. Is no make sense whole, uh Georges for a fight, you know. ‘Oh, you have a contract’. Ok but, is not making sense because Georges (will) never fight MMA again.

He further added, “Why you hold the guy? Why you hold the life of the guy from make(ing) your dreams? Is not make(ing) sense for me.

“The people can’t hold you. Of course, maybe George (St-Pierre) has a contract, then he has a contract, but that doesn’t make sense. Dana White doesn’t need this,” he concluded.

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Silva had pushed for a boxing fight during his UFC days

This won’t be the first time Silva (34-11), has shown interest in a boxing fight. During his peak time in UFC, he wanted to have a boxing fight with Roy Jones Jr. But the fight never got materialized.

“I put (it) on the table many, many years ago that opportunity to show the world,” Silva said on not boxing Jones Jr. “I gave the opportunity for the UFC to change everything, but it didn’t happen at the moment and that’s fine.

He added, “I think now everything is new and people want to see the entertainment.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 30: Anderson Silva of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on October 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Well, maybe not earlier, but in recent times, MMA fighters have shown their interest in fighting for boxing matches. Fighters such as Ben Askren (who fought Jake Paul) and Tyron Woodley (who will fight Jake Paul) have laid the path for others to follow.

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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