Current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi shocked many MMA fans when he suggested GSP would be better suited in the lightweight division.
“Well to be honest with you, I have recommended [moving to the lightweight division] to Georges,” Zahabi said on Beatdown Radio. “I’d rather him go down to 155 because Georges is not a very big welterweight. People might think he is, but he’s actually not very big, and him making 170 is extremely easy for him. Georges making 170 is getting a little too easy for him, so I’d recommend it to him in the future.”
The norm in combat sports is for dominant champions to move up in search of tougher competition, and it’s a little shocking GSP’s camp would even contemplate the 155 pound division. Some MMA fans have been hoping for a super-fight between Anderson Silva and GSP, but Zahadi’s revelation is another indicator the fight will probably never happen.
The UFC’s lightweight division is arguably the most stacked division in the promotion, and GSP will certainly have a number of interesting matchups at 155. However, given the fact GSP has no intentions of fighting the UFC’s current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar; he’s better off staying in the welterweight division where he’ll be tested more.
While many UFC fans will like to see GSP go against the likes of Ben Henderson, and Gray Maynard, the chances of the Canadian MMA fighter losing to a 155 pounder are pretty low. GSP is already a pretty big welterweight, and he’ll be monstrously huge at 155.
I personally would rather see GSP and his camp take on bigger challenges in the future. While I don’t think a super-fight against Anderson Silva is a good matchup for GSP, I don’t like the idea of him moving to the 155 pound division either.
GSP has dominated the welterweight division for quite some time, but he’s yet to clean out the division. With fighters like Nick Diaz, Anthony Johnson, and Carlos Condit lurking around, GSP still has unfinished business in the welterweight division.