Firas Zahabi: 'I'd Want Georges St. Pierre to Move Down to 155 before going up'
“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.”
While many people are clamoring for a Silva vs. GSP super fight, the only division GSP’s coach wants him to move to is the 155 pound weight class.
Firas Zahabi sat down with the guys from sherdog.com yesterday and gave the above explanation as to why he feels a move down is more suited for his athlete than a move up.
Currently, as he states, Frankie Edgar is in the way of completing these aspirations, but if Edgar loses his belt and clears the lightweight championship path, if we are to take the word of Zahabi, GSP may try and work his way to a second title at 155.
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