For welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, mixed martial arts is starting to sound a lot like real estate – LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Unlike America’s plummeting housing market, the French-Canadian’s stock has never been higher.
Following his eighth consecutive lopsided victory, with seven being of the championship variety, most believe it’s time for the division’s G.O.A.T. to swim in Anderson Silva’s middleweight waters. While the list of worthy welterweight adversaries can be counted on one or less fingers, St-Pierre claims the 170-pound crown will permanently be in his rear-view mirror once it’s time to relocate.
“This question is a little bit complicated. Because if I go up in a weight class, I’m going to have to put muscle on my body because I’m going to be too small for 185,” St-Pierre said at the UFC 124 post-fight press conference. “If I put muscle on my body and I go up to 185, I’m going to have to stay at 185. I don’t want to go up and down because when you go up and down, you see what happened to Roy Jones [Jr.], it messed up the reaction time.
“Boxing and mixed martial arts are different weight classes. In boxing I think it’s 8lbs and in MMA it’s 15lbs. Playing with your weight, you need to be careful with that.”
Although most believed GSP lapped his welterweight peers long before going up 2-0 on Josh Koscheck, the 29-year-old has intentionally slow played his inevitable move. While allowing nature to takes its course, he’s parlayed his unparalleled skills to future Hall of Fame status. Now that his lead on the field appears more gaping than ever before, it may be time to start downing extra protein shakes.
“If I go fight at 185, I think I should put myself at, at least 200lbs because the guys who fight at 185, and I train with a lot of 185lber’s and they’re all like 215/210, and I think I would have to get bigger,” St-Pierre commented.
“If I want to go up, I’m going to stay up. I don’t want to play up, down, up, down. I’ll see, I just finished my fight. I have not even considered that question.”
No worries. Every other MMA fanboy walking God’s green earth has been thinking about it for you.
What are your thoughts, Mr. President?
“I say it all the time; I truly believe that my job is to give people the fights they want to see and the fights they want to pay for,” Dana White stated. “We’ll see what happens.”