Georges St Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi threw a bit of a curveball yesterday regarding GSP changing weight classes. Instead of moving up to middleweight like everyone wants him to, Firas would actually have Georges drop down to lightweight:
“Well to be honest with you, I have recommended to Georges, you know…the only reason I don’t recommend it now is because Frankie Edgar is the champion, but I’d want him to move down to 155 if Frankie was not the champion. Obviously we’re part of the Renzo Gracie team and we’d never fight Frankie Edgar, because obviously we’re all Renzo Gracie fighters. But if it wasn’t the case, you know, I’d rather him go down to 155 because Georges is not a very big welterweight. People might think he is, he’s actually not very big. And him making 170 is extremely easy for him.
Honestly, it’s probably one of the easiest weight cuts from all that I coach, and I coach a lot of professional fighters. Georges making 170 is getting a little too easy for him, so I’d recommend to him in the future, who knows what the cards hold, but if we don’t have a team member that’s champion or anything like that, I would recommend him to go down first before going up.”
Pardon me if I’m not all that excited about this possibility. Yeah sure, GSP at 155 opens up some interesting possibilities. But considering the guy’s already dominating at 170, how much of a challenge is 155 supposed to offer? Excellent, Georges will have even more of an advantage in his fights! That’s what the fans wanna see!
Plus this news is just another nail in the GSP / Anderson Silva superfight coffin. I know, that sucker is already looking prety damn nailed shut. But call me an optomist – that’s just how I roll dontchaknow? – I like to hope the UFC can still make the big fights happen.