UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s rule of the 170 lb. division may be coming to an end, one way or another.
As we noted last week, UFC President Dana White recently stated that if St-Pierre is victorious over Jake Shields at UFC 129 on April 30th, and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is able to overcome the challenge of Vitor Belfort on Feb. 5th, then a highly anticipated dream match between the champions would finally become a reality.
“If (Silva) wins that fight on the fifth, then Georges St-Pierre needs to beat Jake Shields in Toronto,” White said. “If that happens… then we’re probably going to do that fight. If they both win, that fight makes all the sense in the world.”
White stated that it would be St-Pierre who would be changing divisions for the super-fight. He went on to note that the move would drastically alter the welterweight landscape, as “Rush” would stay at middleweight permanently after putting on the extra pounds.
“Georges St-Pierre said he would move to 185 and stay there, he would stay at that weight and not go back to 170,” White said.
UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields will take place on Saturday, April 30 from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.