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GSP Speaks to Goliath about Michael Bisping and That Anderson Silva Superfight We’re All Waiting For

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This week, Goliath had the chance to attend the exclusive Canadian launch of Arms, a brand new fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. Since the game is essentially a futuristic boxing match, Nintendo fittingly held the event at a mixed martial arts training center in Toronto, OpenMat MMA. To crank up the star power, legendary UFC welterweight Georges St-Pierre was on-hand to take part in the Arms tournament with various members of the media.

Sadly, the Goliath team couldn’t pull out a win in the tournament itself (although I did make it to the semifinals). St-Pierre faced off against the eventual Arms champion, but the former UFC champ also lost, which means I don’t feel so bad anymore.

After the tournament, I got a chance to speak with GSP about the new game, whether he’s still aiming to fight Michael Bisping, and his thoughts on a potential Anderson Silva superfight.

On losing in the Arms tournament final (which I joked was his competitive loss since 2007):

“Yes, it was. It hurt. I might need a psychologist to gain my confidence back.”

On whether Michael Bisping will gain any confidence knowing that GSP lost (another joke):

“Well, that’s pretty much the only thing he can gain. After that, it’s going to be zip. I’m going to take everything.”

On Dana White telling everyone the Bisping fight was off:

“Dana and I talked two days ago, and I feel confident that it was a good talk and it will happen, yes.”

On the Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker interim middleweight title fight at UFC 213:

“I see Whittaker having the edge. I think he has a good fighting style. I think he is a hard worker and has the right style to beat Romero.”

On beating Michael Bisping and potentially unifying the middleweight titles in 2018:

“I’m only focusing on one person at a time. I’m focusing on Michael Bisping and maybe that fight will happen and maybe it won’t. But I’m only worried about Bisping right now.

On a potential return to welterweight:

“Could be, after the fight, depending how things go. Things change rapidly in MMA. I want to re-write a page in the mixed martial arts history book. I will always go for the biggest challenge.

On the much anticipated Anderson Silva superfight:

“I won’t say no, that it couldn’t happen, but the situation with Silva is different now. He’s not a good roll right now. For me, I came back to do something big. He’s a very big name and the fight could have happened many years ago, but it didn’t. I wanted it back when I was smaller, but now I’ve gained weight. I wanted it to happen at a catchweight with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association), but they didn’t have the USADA drug testing program back then. Things were much different.

“Never say no, though. Silva could come back and beat a few guys and his stock gets high again. Then, we’ll see.”

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon has been writing about random things online since 2013. His favorite video game is Rocket League, his favorite TV show is The Sopranos, and he hated the last season of Game of Thrones. Follow him @DevonTaylor113.

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