For Georges St-Pierre to move up in weight class to fight Anderson Silva has been a superfight any promotional companies dream fight, but that’s not gonna happen according to St-Pierre.
The UFC welterweight champ St-Pierre was a guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast The Joe Rogan Experience and cleared the air saying his next fight would be Johny Hendricks.
St-Pierre suffered an ACL injury requiring surgery and rehabilitation when preparing for his bout against Nick Diaz at UFC 143. Before that St-Pierre had taken out all of the challengers in his division.
His injury set him back 19 months, giving time for new fighters to come out of the wood work. “I need to do stuff in my division before I take (a superfight) because it has moved now.”
If the superfight were to happen St-Pierre would be at a slight size disadvantage, Anderson fighting weight being 185 lbs and St-Pierre’s currently being 170 lbs. (Of course the walk around weight for each respective fighter is closer to 230 and 190, but still that is a huge difference. “It’s a lot of weight difference. If this fight happens one day, we’re going to have to decide what weight class and everything.”
This is interesting because there hasn’t been any talk about Silva stepping down in weight. It’s always been St-Pierre going up.
St-Pierre said, “It would be easier for me to go fight at 155 than at 185. They think I’m big because I have a large frame, but I’m not a big guy. I’m not thick.”
Size envy and St. Pierre’s apparent self image discrepancies aside. We know Silva can go down in weight. The fighter was 168 lbs in Japan at one point and he’s fought at 175 lbs in Rumble on the Rock. So getting to 170 lbs isn’t out of the question, but why should he? What is there to gain? How could he manage to maintain both titles at different weight classes? Especially when you consider all of the contenders in the Welterweight division.
St-Pierre’s response, “If he wants to make 170, I weigh 170 [or 170.4, we kid… we kid…], and he can (come down to) 170, that’s fine.”
There it is. Silva gets down to 170 and everyone might get the chance to see this fight. But would it be the same fight if GSP went up to 185? For now, don’t plan on seeing a fight like this any time soon. Hendricks is definitely up next.
How would you like to see a supposed super fight go? Should GSP go up or should Silva drop weight?