Georges St-Pierre Would Rather Drop to Lightweight than Move to Middleweight

Fans hoping to eventually see UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre beef up to challenge middleweight king Anderson Silva got a dose of bad news this week after GSP revealed reservations about taking on a vastly larger opponent. Though St-Pierre has always been seen as a big welterweight, he actually feels a drop down to lightweight is more realistic than packing on pounds.

St-Pierre’s surprising announcement came this week on the Joe Rogan Experience where he said welterweight contender Johny Hendricks would “probably” be his next opponent, expressing minimal interest in Silva unless the tilt took place in the division the French-Canadian currently calls home.

“I don’t do much cutting. It would be easier for me to go fight at 155 than fighting at 185. I would be more at my weight naturally at 155. There’s guys at 155 that walk around at 190 like me. They think I’m big because I have a large frame, but I’m not a big guy. I’m not thick.”

“Anderson Silva is very big. He’s 230 pounds. He’s a very big guy walking around, and I’m 190 pounds. 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.”

“If he can make 170, he can weigh 170, I can weigh 170, and everything is fine.”

SOURCE: Joe Rogan Experience/MMAJunkie (transcription)
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