There has been a lot of speculation recently about UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre and a possible move up to the 185-pound class. While he has for the most part stayed away from discussing to move up, GSP took some time to talk about what it would take if he did indeed decide to vacate his welterweight title and test himself against bigger competition.
“If I move up, I have to do it with my diet. I can’t do it in month. I’m a natural guy, I would want to do it properly,” GSP told MMAFighting.com.
“I’m already much bigger than I was when I fought Alves,” he noted. “I’m 8 pounds bigger than I was when I fought Alves. I used to walk around at 185, now I walk around at 193. If I do it, I need to get even bigger, I need to get past 200. If I do it too, there’s one thing, if I go up to fight at the185 division I cannot go back down. It’s easier to go up than going back down.”
Aside from the challenge of properly gaining weight and getting himself ready to take on the middleweight elite, GSP noted that there are other obstacles in the way.
“I have a lot of friends that fight at 185,” St. Pierre said. “I will never fight a friend. I have Nathan Marquardt, Patrick Cote, David Loisseau, Denis Kang… I have a bunch of guys that I train with that fight in that division, and I will never fight a friend. Hockey is a game, mixed martial arts is a sport, but it is not a game.
“You say, ‘I’m going to play hockey, I’m going to play football,’ but you do not say, ‘I’m going to play fighting.’ Because, let’s say I’m in mount position – I always say that for an example – if I’m in mount position, and it’s time to land that big elbow that will leave a scar on the forehead of my friend and give him cerebral damage, if he’s my friend I will never do that. I have already fought some guys that are acquaintances, but never a real friend, and my training partners, for me, they are friends.”
St-Pierre is schedule to return to the octagon to defend his title against Dan Hardy at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010. A bout between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin for the interim heavyweight title is also scheduled for the event.