It wasn’t too long ago that a 185-pound welterweight was considered huge. That was the mark former UFC 170-pound champion Matt Hughes walked around at during his ridiculous title run just five years ago and is the same weight Georges St-Pierre, the Octagon’s reigning welterweight king, checks in at as well.
However, GSP noted that the young sport of mixed martial arts has evolved and as in most cases, bigger is better.
“When I fought [Thiago Alves at UFC 100], he was walking around at 215 pounds,” St-Pierre stated during this week’s UFC 111 conference call. “I used to walk around at 185. I really felt that when I was fighting Alves, that he was big.”
After experiencing a larger opponent for the first time in his illustrious career, the French-Canadian decided to pack on some pounds in order to keep pace with the division and its ever-changing ways.
“I heard that Anthony Johnson is 220 (pounds), so I decided to follow a diet for the first time in my life,” said St-Pierre. “So, I’m much bigger and much more powerful than I used to be before.”
Although the additional five pounds of muscle he added will make the weight cutting process a little more arduous, he believes it will pay off in the end.
“[The weight cut’s] going to be harder this time, but it’s not a problem for me,” he matter-of-factly stated. “My conditioning is 110 percent. I’m used to cutting weight. I do it in a very scientific way and I don’t tire myself doing it. It’s very important [that] I have a protocol to follow and everything is on [schedule].”
GSP holds a dominant 19-2 record and hasn’t been challenged in his last six landslide outings. He meets British slugger Dan Hardy at UFC 111 on March 27th in Newark, NJ.
While Hardy may be looking to turn his first title fight into a bloody brawl, the champ plans on painting the perfect portrait on the Octagon’s canvas.
“I want to win in a beautiful fashion,” said St. Pierre. “I want somebody that doesn’t know this sport of mixed martial arts (to) watch me fight and say, ‘Hey, that guy that does that fight uses a beautiful technique.’ That’s when the artistic part comes into play.”
St-Pierre’s decision to add muscle could also be an indicator that he’s getting ready to make the jump up to Anderson Silva’s middleweight division.
I’m just sayin’…