Jul 3, 2012 - Georges St. Pierre knows a thing or two about brushing off trash talk. The welterweight champion has dealt with his share of public harassment, whether it was back-in-the-day claims that St. Pierre was too mentally weak to ever become champion, or Josh Koscheck trying -- and hopelessly failing -- to get a rise on The Ultimate Fighter.
So when St. Pierre heard two years of Anderson Silva's repressed aggression boil over in one spectacular conference call, he was just as surprised as the rest of us. The way "GSP" sees it, the normally reserved middleweight champion just got lured into his opponent's game, and now there could be dangerous consequences.
"(Chael Sonnen) wants to get into Anderson Silva's head and he did it," St. Pierre explained to Canada's Sportsnet. "That's what he wants, because when you fight with emotion, you don't fight smart.
"The crowd, they love it. (Silva's) going to go crazy but he can make a mistake if you do that. It's a big mistake. You have to go back to the reason he's a champion. And the reason he's a champion is because he fights smart, he's skilled. More skilled than the other guys... He brings the fight where he is the best. He doesn't go crazy... That's what Chael Sonnen wants from him."
Again, it's entirely possible "The Spider" was merely playing up the promotional angle. Though the more reports leak out from the situation, the more it seems like Silva was, and still is, genuinely furious that he has to give the man he hates most a second chance to steal his glory.
We'll have to see. Despite what he says, an angry St. Pierre systematically brutalized Matt Serra and literally broke Koscheck's face. So there's definitely something to be said for fighting on emotion. If Silva's anger manifests itself in a similar fashion, Sonnen could have a long night ahead of himself.