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Firas Zahabi talks to the MMA Hour about a potential super fight between the middleweight and welterweight champions.
In the wake of UFC 154 and Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre's successful return to action the big question is whether or not he'll finally face Middleweight champion Anderson Silva in a super fight. There'd been a lot of discussion about the potential pound-for-pound clash with UFC president Dana White even saying he expects the fight to happen in May.
Scheduling the bout isn't as easy as it sounds however. In the years that this fight has been discussed the fighters' weight has been the biggest source of contention. Today on The MMA Hour GSP's trainer Firas Zahabi gave his opinion:
"I wouldn't want [St-Pierre] to move up, I'd want Anderson to come down," Zahabi said. "I don't know if Anderson can make 170 or something close to that. If Georges goes up, I know he won't be able to come back down, he's told me many times if he goes up he won't go back down, and I believe him when he says that because he'd want to spend some serious time getting extra size on him. and, ... I would want [Silva] to come down as close to 170 as possible if that was the case.
Although Silva has competed at 168 lbs much earlier in his career, that was a long time ago. Silva hasn't competed below 185 lbs. in his entire UFC career and has even gone up to fight at Light Heavyweight 3 times. Because of that, most pundits have suggest a catchweight ranging between 175 and 180 lbs. Zahabi disagrees.
"You know, the thing is, the next day he'll balloon up over 200, and I don't think that's fair," Zahabi said. " I don't think that's a fair fight. If he can make the cut to 170, that would be great. Georges has to fight everyone at 170, and that's the case. Really I think it would be even and fair. Even if [Silva] would balloon up the next day, he would be weakened by the weight cut, there would be something there."
Silva has said in the past that he could still make it down to the Welterweight limit, but many are skeptical. With how outspoken Dana White has been recently on making a super fight happen, it will be interesting to see if he can find a compromise that fits both teams.
What do you think Bloody Elbow? Should Silva drop to 170 or should St. Pierre go up to Middleweight? Is a catchweight the best solution or should the titles be on the line?