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Firas Zahabi Would Rather Georges St. Pierre Move To Lightweight Than Middleweight

“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… Georges’ body type, he’s actually ectomorph, he’s very lean. He doesn’t put on a lot of muscle unless we make do a lot of lifting, and I do make him do a lot of lifting. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted him to start doing Olympic lifting, and just a high volume of weightlifting is what will keep him muscular. Because Georges doesn’t really put on fat and muscle very easily, and I really think he could lose a little bit of muscle. He doesn’t have much fat on him, and a lot of water and a lot of electrolytes. Just doing the weight cut from like 175, he would make it down to 155 quite easily.”

— Georges St. Pierre’s trainer Firas Zahabi on Sherdog Radio (transcribed via BE) explaining why he thinks GSP should move down to lightweight instead of middleweight

Well, that’s interesting. While the rest of the MMA community has been calling for Georges St. Pierre to move up to middleweight, his lead trainer has been telling him he should do the opposite.

Maybe that’s what is best for GSP, but does anyone actually want to see GSP fight a bunch of guys smaller than him? I mean the whole point of him moving up to middleweight was to see how he would do against opponents he wouldn’t be able to manhandle as easily as he does in the welterweight division. He’d run into faster guys in the lightweight division, but theoretically at least, he’d have an even easier time holding them down and dominating them. I don’t know about you, but that’s not something I can get excited about.

What do you think? Is there anyone at 155 that could give GSP a run for his money?

Image via Dave Mandel for Sherdog

  • Bill Schumer

    Speed plays a huge factor, even in the wrestling department.  I think a lot of opponents would be very interesting, and I would especially like to see BJ-GSP 3 if it was at 155…

  • Aaron_johnson425

    Who cares? GSP is so boring to watch. Of course it will be easier to hold down lightweight fighters. That’s why his manager and coaches would rather him go down than up. Do you think they actually want to see somebody give him a tough fight? Of course not. I hate to wish injury upon anybody, but I’m glad he is off the upcoming card. I will actually buy the ppv now. I really wouldn’t be disappointed if I never see GSP fight again. Getting destroyed by Matt Serra changed him as a fighter. For the worse.

  • Ericzarubica

    my fucking hole he can make 155

  • Ericzarubica

    my fucking hole he can make 155

  • Ericzarubica

    my fucking hole he can make 155

  • ass

    GSP is a turd! no one wants to see him lay on even smaller guys for 25 mins, at least now his opponents have a chance to escape, at 155 hed be even more boring to watch(hard to imagine i know)GSP is a turd and needs to go to 185 were hes not the bigger stronger fighter and would probaly get thrown around like the bitch he is. i hate him

  • Mattsilli

    If George really wants to challenge himself, he should start fighting to finish and stop fighting not to lose. As far as if he would dominate at 155, or course. They only fights he’s stopped before the 5th round in the last 4 years was to Serra and Penn both are more 155ers.

  • Awwaters

    Cardio might be a factor for GSP at 155.

  • sam_snee

    I fucking want to see it!!!!! I want him to hol both belts at the same time. And i also want his to go to 185 after and hold that belt after A. Silva retires. 3 belts on one man, he could feasibly pull of 5 five round decision title defenses a year. Yeah. I want to see all the weight divisions ruled by me who cant finish fights. Wooo!!!

  • warriordave927

    Bunch of haters I bet all you guys jumped on the gsp bandwagon when he won the title now you talk all sorts of $h!t about him,the guy is a respectable fighter who always dominates his fights he might not talk shit like nick diaz and might not finish fights but you also have to remember he’s fighting the best in his division,at the end of the day he’ll go down in ufc history as one of tje most dominant fighters ever,(WARNING:if this is offensive to you in any way then your probably just a gsp bandwagoner turned hater)

    • Tombowey

      Well said warriordave gsp is a great fighter and its excellent to have a sporting champion who is so humble and doesnt need to trash talk in every interview just to gain attention. If people in the usa are hating on gsp then i would love to see him come and fight in london next year as i know the english fans would love to see him.

    • Matt Silliman

      He fights tough guys no doubt, but lets not make that the reason he can’t finish fights.  Every top fighter faces tough opponents, and they still managed to finish some fights. GSP hasn’t finished a fight since 2008.  That can’t be blamed on tough competition. Watch his fights and tell me he doesn’t play it safe.  He has even said that he is fighting to win in interviews.  He also said he doesn’t care if that upsets the fans, he doesn’t want to risk getting caught.  I understand his logic and appreciate how dominate he is, but I just don’t get excited to see him fight any more.  

      Also, I wouldn’t say people jumped on his band wagon.  I’d say….he was more excited 3-4 years ago.  He actually went for submissions or GnP to finish fights.  He was a little more reckless and a LOT more exciting.  People aren’t leaving any band wagon, they are getting bored by his predictable style.  

      You know how predictably good he is when no matter who he fights he is always like a 5-1 favorite.  I guess is boils down to what you want to watch.  I’d rather pay to watch Lauzon or Diaz fight a non title fight; then watch GSP grind out a safe win.

      • warriordave927

        I get your point and I actually agree that gsp would regain popularity if he found his killer instinct again,but the way people claim he’s a lay pray artist or whatever is bs,the koscheck fight was mostly stand up,in the hardy fight he went for a lot of subs,the shields fight was a little boring,but the dude actually works during the fight weather its throwing 1000 jabs or unsuccessful sub attemps

      • ass

        me too man, me to(to that last sentence of course)

    • ass

      thanks for telling me what i am… oh wait, ive NEVER liked GSP so quit swingin from his nuts and find someone new to blow

      • warriordave927

        Nah,that’s my point,not jumping ship on a fighter for loosing or in this case loosing popularity

        • ass

          fair enough…

  • Mr Kitty

    Since when does GSP make his weight cut from 175? I remember him saying he cuts from like 188. I seriously doubt he walks around at 175.

  • tiz

    Gilbert Melendez could possibly take that title from Frankie but cmon Im a east coast guy and gotta back my man Edgar against anyone.  But theoretically Melendez could be the champ then thou he’d face a rematch with Edgar cuz of the champ rule if youve held the belt after earning the belt for awhile than you deserve a second chance to win it back before the contenders get their shot.  imo-  that said if Gil takes the title from Edgar , then GSP might take a fight with Gil and it would be a champ vs champ fight but would it be bigger than A Silva champ vs champ fight?  no.  Eddie Alvarez vs anyone is a fight I want to see how much longer is he gonna avoid the UFC ?  cmon man I want him to get respect he deserves and untill he leaves Bellator or untill Bellator can sign some 155ers worthy of note he is not getting the recognition.  GSP should focus on 170 and just start getting better at FINISHING fools 

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