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Just when people thought the weigh-in issue at UFC 158 last month in Canada is dead and buried, Canada’s own Georges St. Pierre has rekindled the issue by commenting that he weighed 170.4 lbs during the fight. The Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight Championship was on the line with the champion Rush taking on Nick Diaz for his eighth defense.
According to the official record that was given after the weigh-in, St. Pierre tipped the scales at 170 lbs at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Except, he didn’t really weigh in at the required limit, or at least the Canadian doesn’t think he did. The UFC Welterweight champion mostly stayed quiet throughout the controversy and all the hoopla surrounding the weigh-in after Nick Diaz and his representatives raised the issue.
There was a lot of controversy surrounding the Quebec Athletic Commission’s decision to round down the weights to the nearest whole number, a decision that came in the last second and is something that is very peculiar in such circumstances. But now, Georges St. Pierre has broken his silence regarding the matter when he spoke the Associated Press, stating that he believes he weighed in at 170.4 lbs, .4 lbs higher than the legal limit allowed for a bout where the title is on the line.
According to GSP, the officials of the Quebec Athletic Commission came in to the dressing room just before the weigh-in and stated that they would be rounding the weight down to the nearest pound. Georges St. Pierre also mentioned that he was also as surprised and taken aback like his opponent Nick Diaz.
Now that GSP has officially come out with his opinion, it is expected the Diaz camp to be up in arms again but maybe it won’t be muddied too much.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre was not fully fit when he stepped inside the ring and eventually got the better of Nick Diaz in a title fight at UFC 158 last weekend. According to the trainer of the Canadian Firas Zahabi, Rush suffered an Achilles injury while he was training before the fight on the 16th of March and he fears that the five round epic brawl that he had might have aggravated the injury even more.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com, Zahabi claimed that he was worried that GSP would suffer an Achilles tear as the fight dragged on and on. He added that the training team had to cut short the last sparring session that Georges St. Pierre had before the fight so that he could have a full week’s rest before going into the fight against Diaz. Zahabi also stated that the Achilles injury that GSP suffered is on the same right leg that he had a surgery on last year to repair a torn ACL, which kept him out of action for almost two years.
However, he stated that he is certain that the two injuries are not related. He also mentioned that he hasn’t had the chance to speak with the Canadian about the extent of the injury and does not have any idea how long it will sideline the reigning Welterweight champion for.
Zahabi stated that Georges St. Pierre will be turning 32 and he needs to respect his body. He added that the fight against Diaz was his second in four months and he would prefer if he took a long break from fighting in order to prolong his career. Zahabi stated that if he had his way, he would keep GSP shelved for the next six months at least.
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There has been widespread speculation among fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC whether the much talked about super match between the UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and the UFC welterweight title holder Georges St. Pierre will ever come to fruition, but according to Dana White, the president of the UFC, if the match does happen, it will take place in the 170 lbs category as the Brazilian told the UFC boss in a recent meeting that he would be willing to go down a weight category to take on the Canadian GSP.
It had been speculated that the match would only happen if the Canadian moved up a weight class to Middleweight or at a catch weight between Welterweight and Middleweight but his reluctance to go up a weight class means the only chance that the match has of happening is if The Spider moves down to Welterweight. And Dana White is confident that the Brazilian can pull it off.
Georges St. Pierre versus Anderson Silva is a super fight that has been in the making for years, with both the fighters the dominant force in their respective weight categories, fighting just 15 lbs apart. Talks of the super fight reached fever pitch when Rush made his comeback to the UFC after almost one and half year on the sidelines with an injury to defeat the reigning UFC interim Welterweight champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154, with Anderson Silva in attendance.
But the match never materialized and Georges St. Pierre will now defend his UFC welterweight Championship against Nick Diaz at UFC 158, but if he is successful in defending his title, the UFC bosses might just pull a few strings so that the match goes ahead, in what would arguably be the biggest match in the promotion’s history.