(Oh if only there was some way to claim that title…)
A comment made once in passing doesn’t mean much. But when you hear it over and over again … well, then it gets hard to dismiss. Shortly after GSP’s fight on Saturday, he said he’d ‘fight anyone at 170.’ Now his coach Firas Zahabi is echoing Georges’ comment: if Anderson Silva wants to fight him, come on down to 170.
“I wouldn’t want [St-Pierre] to move up, I’d want Anderson to come down,” Zahabi said. “I don’t know if Anderson can make 170 or something close to that. If Georges goes up, I know he won’t be able to come back down, he’s told me many times if he goes up he won’t go back down, and I believe him when he says that because he’d want to spend some serious time getting extra size on him. and, … I would want [Silva] to come down as close to 170 as possible if that was the case.
“You know, the thing is, the next day he’ll balloon up over 200, and I don’t think that’s fair,” Zahabi said. ” I don’t think that’s a fair fight. If he can make the cut to 170, that would be great. Georges has to fight everyone at 170, and that’s the case. Really I think it would be even and fair. Even if [Silva] would balloon up the next day, he would be weakened by the weight cut, there would be something there.”
A glass half full way of looking at this is the posturing and negotiations have officially begun, and it’s only a matter of time before terms can be agreed upon and this fight happens. A glass half empty view sees Team GSP moving the goal posts so they can gracefully avoid the fight. Anderson is willing to fight at a catchweight of 178 pounds? Well then it has to be at 170.
Here’s hoping Anderson says fuck it and agrees to fight at 170 … for the welterweight belt. Whether that’s a possibility isn’t clear. Andy makes 185 comfortably and fought at welterweight as recently as 2006. But does he want the fight enough to do that? He seems pretty whatever about everything right now. If Georges doesn’t want to meet in the middle for the most historic fight in the history of the sport, why bother? He’s already the #1 P4P fighter in the world. Something Georges may never get to be because he doesn’t seem interested in stepping up to the challenge.