There seems to always be controversial news that leaks out of fight camps following huge fights. The news can often change everyone’s perspectives on the fight and its outcome. The post-UFC 158 aftermath was flooded with news regarding cheating (hand wraps and spies in camps), unpaid taxes, retirement, and new number one contenders.
However, none of this breaking news really seemed to impact the title fight that took place between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Nick Diaz. GSP successfully defended his UFC title for the eighth straight time and notched his eleventh straight victory inside the famed octagon. But, wait for it…
Now we’re getting news that The Champion was feeling the onset of a fever prior to defending his UFC gold. This, ladies and gentlemen, may not seem like a big deal but the reality is that if Georges was indeed fighting off a fever he was probably feeling weaker and slower than usual. That’s the way the body works, regardless of how great of shape the individual is in.
Here is what Georges’ head trainer, Firas Zahabi, told “The MMA Hour” when he appeared on the show after UFC 158:
“He was sick, you know. He had a bit of the start of a fever. He was a bit warm. But, what are you going to do? You’re not always going to have a perfect fight, you know? Everybody is a little injured, everybody is a bit busted up. He wasn’t sick enough to pull the plug on the fight, but he did have the start of the fever. He was warm and he was feeling a little uneasy. He was feeling a little sick.”
We’ll never know how much of an affect the fever had on St. Pierre and his performance but it could very well be the reason GSP was looking toward the clock on several occasions and why he seemed to slow his pace in the championship rounds.
We also have to credit Diaz for pushing Georges to his limit and then beyond but if GSP was also feeling the onset of a fever then that could also explain why Diaz told the media after the fight that St. Pierre hit like a girl and he still thought he could beat him. Georges, although he put on a solid, smart, and commendable performance to hang on to his strap, did look slower, weaker and worn out toward the end of the fight. This is something we have never seen from The Champ. He’s usually a cardio machine (ask BJ Penn and Thiago Alves) and his power is usually pretty respected (ask Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck).
Being sick absolutely hinders a fighter’s performance…that’s a fact. But only GSP himself knows how much it affected him inside the cage and what could have brought it on. For example: GSP cuts a lot of weight before his fights. This sudden weight drop, if not done right, has been proven to lower immunities and make you much weaker. So could the sickness be something he brought upon himself?
So what do you think Penn Nation? Did GSP look sick and did a supposed “fever” seem to hinder his title fight performance? Lets here what you have to say about Firas’ statements on “The MMA Hour.”Tags: featured, Firas Zahabi, georges st. pierre, gsp, mma, MMA Hour, MMA NEWS, Nick Diaz, UFC 158, weight cut