UFC welterweight champion Georges St.
Pierre this week doused slightly the rampant discussion of a
potential super-fight against his middleweight counterpart,
In an interview with the Radio-Canada Television program
“Tout Le Monde en Parle,” GSP made clear that he will fight
Silva only when he feels the time is right, adding that he still
has “things to do at 170 pounds.” Coupled with a recent remark from
St. Pierre trainer Firas Zahabi that a meeting of the champions at
welterweight would be “even and fair,” it appears the Canadian side
could be angling to bring Silva as far down the scale as
However, speaking with Sherdog.com this week, Silva’s strength and
conditioning coach, Rogerio Camoes, rejected the possibility of
“The Spider” dropping to 170 pounds.
“It would be a crime for Anderson to fight at 170,” asserted
Camoes. “He could make the weight, but the physical loss would be
too great. We have to respect GSP, who, besides being a great
fighter, is a monster physically. The Canadian would have a
considerable physical advantage if they fought at
Camoes, who also trains such fighters as Erick Silva
“Jacare” Souza at Rio de Janeiro’s
X-Gym, believes a middle ground would be ideal for the
“For me, this fight should happen at 177 pounds, which would be
terrible for Anderson. It would be his first time at this weight in
the UFC and we would have to implement a very specific plan for him
to perform 100-percent up to his capabilities.”
With UFC President Dana White recently stating that the fight could
take place in May, Camoes says Silva has been keeping his weight
down in order to more easily adapt to a sub-185 weight cut.
“Right now, Anderson is between 203 and 207 pounds, already
thinking about having to cut weight to face GSP,” said Camoes.
“Anderson moving down 7 pounds and St. Pierre going up 7 pounds
would be more fair to them, and for the audience to see a great