Rumors of a potential Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva UFC superfight have been circulating for what seems like years at this point, but are we all jumping the gun on GSP’s desire to move up to middleweight? According to his trainer, we might be.
According to Firas Zahabi, St-Pierre’s head trainer, the current UFC welterweight champion may not be as interested in moving up to 185 pounds as he would be in moving down to 155 pounds.
“GSP could make 155,” Zahabi told “Beatdown” Sherdog Radio today regarding his fighter’s weight-cutting ability.
“Georges is not a big welterweight,” he continued. “Cutting to 170 is easy for him."
Though the 170-pound champion looks to not have an ounce of fat on his body, Zahabi believes that the cut down to 155 would be more likely than a move up to 185. He added that the only reason that GSP hasn’t already made the drop down is because of the division's current champion.
“I’d want him to move down to 155 if Frankie was not the champion,” he explained.
Zahabi has not recommended the drop due to Edgar's alliance with the Renzo Gracie team.
Certainly this news will be met with some backlash from fans who believe that St-Pierre is ducking current 185-pound champion Anderson Silva, but that doesn’t seem to be of much concern to GSP and his trainers.
The UFC welterweight champion was set to fight Nick Diaz and then Carlos Condit at UFC 137 this upcoming Saturday night, but was forced out of the fight due to a knee injury.
At this time, there is no indication that the fight between St-Pierre and Condit has been scrapped due to GSP’s interest in moving down in weight. It is believed that he will still defend his title against Condit when he is available to compete again.
Nevertheless, this news is certainly interesting and could bring quite a bit more intrigue to the already incredibly stacked UFC lightweight division.