It’s no secret that UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre and his UFC 100 challenger Thiago Alves are two of the biggest 170-pounders the division has ever laid eyes on. Although both cut more than 20 pounds for yesterday’s weigh-ins, don’t look for size to be much of a factor tonight.
Weight cutting has backfired on Alves in the past as he failed to get below 174-lbs. in his destruction of Matt Hughes at UFC 85.
That fiasco put him in the UFC’s doghouse for quite some time, however Alves vows to have learned his lesson and promised that weight will not be an issue as the biggest fight of his career steadily approaches.
“I messed up before,” Alves said about his prior errors. “But I also injured my ankle two weeks before that fight, so I wasn’t able to do a lot of the cardio that I needed. Everything was perfect for me this training camp, I’m good to go.
Normally, both fighters enjoy being able to impose their strength and size on their opponents, however with both warriors looking to inflate back up come game time, it appears that they will simply cancel each other out.
“I think on the day of the fight I’ll be around 190, 195, something like that,” Alves confirmed.
Those are definitely some massive numbers for a welterweight, even scary, but not too far off from what GSP is expecting to tip the scales at come fight time.
“I’m around 192–190 pounds, 188, 190 pounds approximately [when I enter] the Octagon, that’s the weight that I will be approximately,” stated the champ.
For St-Pierre, size won’t play as much of a factor in this scrap as it did in his last at UFC 94 where he dominated a much smaller, yet talented, BJ Penn though the better part of four rounds.
Knowing what was in store for this title defense, GSP recruited some of the world’s best fighters available, regardless of weight class, to come down to Jackson’s Submission Fighting camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico to help him prepare for the toughest challenge of his career.
“I always train with bigger guys than I,” St-Pierre explained. “I train with smaller and also bigger guy than I, so I’m used to every kind of size. I truly believe in the sport skill and technique always beats strength and size.”
Tough to believe that this fight isn’t the last bout of the night, although the bright side is that we get to watch it sooner!