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Video: Georges St. Pierre Considering a Permanent Move to Middleweight

(Props: MMA Fighting)

During the six-month layoff following his last title defense against Thiago Alves, Georges St. Pierre has been in the gym, getting even more jacked. Now walking around at 193 pounds of lean muscle, GSP is contemplating a move up to middleweight, and discusses what that would entail in the interview above. First off, he’d have to get even larger, and he’d do it through diet, not steroids, which is good to know. Also, the move would be permanent; he’s not interested in the back-and-forth weight-hopping done by guys like Anderson Silva and Dan Henderson. But like so many other UFC stars, he has no interest in fighting his friends and training partners, which include Nate Marquardt, Patrick Cote, and Denis Kang: "If I’m in mount position, and it’s time to land that big hellbow that will leave a scar on the forehead of my friend and knock him out cold with cerebral damage, if he’s my friend I will never do that." Good Lord, whatever happened to putting personal loyalties aside in the name of a paycheck?

Related: Diego Sanchez reportedly posted the message "Going back to 170" on his Facebook page last night, but it has since been removed. According to Sanchez’s manager, Jeff Clark, no decision has been made at this time regarding what weight class he will compete in next.

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TIM CRONK- January 19, 2010 at 10:31 am
It's about time that GSP considered moving up in weight, i respect what he has been doing in the 170 division, but as he has shown the competition has become slack. So its a great move for him.
fu_kkcongo- January 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm
GSP would gnp silva to death. Like Keyser said...GSP rolls with 185'rs and 205'rs and hangs with them. He is freakishly strong, as koschuck mentioned after he was destroyed by GSP and before GSP fought and destroyed Fitch, even going as far to accuse GSP of using steroids.
Silva is a great fighter, but in terms records, and tougher fighters, GSP has fought tougher fighters than silva has.

The ONLY way silva could win would be to get a serra lucky punch in. Silva nut huggers will talk about how he dominated!! Dominated griffin.....did anyone think otherwise..griffin is slow, very slow...its not much to brag about. Silva barely contained hendo. If hendo didnt gas, he would have beat silva.Never seen GSP gas, hes as good as hendo on the ground if not better, and hes twice as fast....silva wouldnt have much of a chance. I think Belfort would be the only one to give GSP a run, cause hes got the explosive speed. Silva is over rated.
831 Son- January 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm
Anderson would beat GSP in my opinion. I think GSP could be champ in MW, ONLY if Silva moves up to 205 for good and if GSP stops bitching out on fighting his homies. Anderson will smash Vitor by the way. And if he fought Marquardt again, then it would end up like the first fight.
SmokinGoodTX- January 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm
Keyser Soze- January 18, 2010 at 12:10 pm
GSP rolls with Cote, Marquart and Kang, and Rashad Evans (LHW) has said GSP is very hard to take down. Come fight time, Alves had to be 185 or better, and GSP had his way with him. I think GSP's skilled and strong enough to be competitive at 185.

As for all the competitors in the UFC that Silva's faced so far, none have really taken the fight to Silva, save perhaps Henderson. GSP fights like a machine, constantly pushing the pace, working for position and angles, and I can't recall ever seeing GSP gas out.

Silva wants to fight the best, GSP's one of the best P4P. Should GSP move up to MW and have success... it'll be a hell of a lot harder for DW not to give him a shot at Silva.

It's a bonafide superfight... and if GSP shocked the world, then there's another huge payday in the rematch. And as another poster commented already, WW would become interesting again.

Sometimes change is good. As with most pro sports, there comes a time where you have to face bigger, stronger, and faster athletes to keep pushing yourself, to become better. When you're the top dog, and none of the prospective challengers or opponents are worthy, things become stale and uninteresting.
ReX13- January 18, 2010 at 10:59 am
NinJay Says:
Mon, 01/18/2010 - 12:47
I'm making a list! A list of people I will bash without mercy when Marquardt pulls it out.

So far it looks like this:

G Funk

If Nate loses please disregard this without mention. Ktnxbai!

A bit ironic that G Funk wouldn't represent for Nate Dogg, amiright?
ghostboner- January 18, 2010 at 10:56 am
@Ninjay - good call on Nate. I love the dude. Don't know if he will take Anderson down, but I think if anyone at MW can it is him.

So, are all of you on pcp or what? Why is anyone even still interested in a GSP vs Silva fight? Wasn't Fujita vs Overeem enough? You want to see it again? GSP could probably take out about 70-75% of the guys at MW, but I am pretty certain the top few would have no problem with him. Can you imagine him beating Dan Henderson? I can't.
Sunburned- January 18, 2010 at 10:54 am
A consummate professional. Impressive displays every time we see him (except the bad night with Serra), best of luck, GSP! Great stable of friends too, Kang etc.

(He's right about the weight too). It's much easier to go up than go down, and he is correct about not bouncing around in weight, it's not good to do that to your body and it doesn't look good for the competitors in those weight classes.

NinJay- January 18, 2010 at 10:47 am
I'm making a list! A list of people I will bash without mercy when Marquardt pulls it out.

So far it looks like this:

G Funk

If Nate loses please disregard this without mention. Ktnxbai!
iDestroy- January 18, 2010 at 10:30 am
Wow big surprise. GSP talkin about moving up in weight right before my boy koscheck is about to get a shot.

Its also annoying how you guys talk about all these fights like they're foregone conclusions. Like GSP is gonna run through the MW division and fight Silva for the strap.

First of all Vitor and Nate the Great are perfectly capable of beating Silva. He's only just a man.

Secondly GSP better pray to God they don't give him Palhares ( who is not only a bamf, but is also a threat to Silva.) I don't think he'll have as easy of a time as you all think.
BuckWild- January 18, 2010 at 10:26 am
I see GSP taking it straight to the ground for GnP but not getting anywhere with it. If Anderson doesn't KO him it would probably look something like Evans last fight. Although. Anderson is much better on the ground than T Silva.. So.. who knows..

I wish GSP's stand up was as good as Nate the great.
MaxTheLimit- January 18, 2010 at 9:48 am
If GSP moved to MW I wonder if the UFC would give him Anderson right away? I kinda wonder if we'd see GSPvsMia, then if he wins Belfort, then Anderson. Kind of work his way up.
Hate to see what happened to Penn happen to GSP. Maybe intro fights to the weight class to prove himself won't make a difference when he fights anderson, maybe it will. I think GSP has earned his spot in the UFC HoF by now for what he has done in WW, no matter what happens in the future for him.
ReX13- January 18, 2010 at 9:46 am
Interesting. I imagine this is very relevant to DW's interests. Suddenly, welterweight has some interesting, meaningful fights for a championship again (albeit a championship that would always be looked at as a "#2 behind GSP" title). And the UFC gets three big PPVs from GSP at middleweight: his MW debut, his #1 contender fight, and GSP vs Anderson Silva.

Can't make any predictions about Rush vs Spider, but i would think GSP would make it into the top 3 at MW quickly and easily.

fu_kkcongo- January 18, 2010 at 9:36 am
GSP will dominate the MW's. Even at 193, he could roll with them. those who breath
Kimbos Bread- January 18, 2010 at 9:14 am
@ Squirrelnuts

Cute story you have there bub. But as we all know, that kind of punching power requires 1.21 Gigawatts of power, a level approached only by powerhouse heavy hitters like Shane Carwin (ie: KO of Wellisch). Even then, you'd need to be able to reach speeds in excess of 88mph to accomplish such a feat. Anywhoo you're story obviously lacks some of these key points so I'm giving you a B+

...and I'm being mighty generous (as usual).
Squirrelnuts- January 18, 2010 at 8:35 am
@ G-Funk

He'll shock the world by being the first person to be punched in to the future. A future where Anderson Silva is revered as a living god and rules all with an iron, brazilian fist. There'll be no war, no hatred and no bigotry in this time as any and all disagreements in this future are settled by Lord Silva himself.

Nate will spend many months in this time; studying all aspects of Andersonism and learning all he can and trying to better himself as a human being, before humbly bowing down before Lord Silva and asking to be punched back in time so he can spread the Word Of Anderson to the uneducated people. People like Kimbo's Bread, for example.

Frank Mur- January 18, 2010 at 7:55 am
ala BJ
G Funk- January 18, 2010 at 7:45 am
Big LOLz @ Nate is going to shock the world when they give him another shot at Silva haha
Hulk Smash- January 18, 2010 at 7:37 am
lots guys are gonna get smashed if he moves up. at the same time, he's looking at a lengthy adjustment period dealing with the larger guys. hopefully he's up to the task, since it would be a shame to see such a complete and dominant fighter struggle at a higher weight class.
NinJay- January 18, 2010 at 7:36 am
Oh no! I was hoping for a Super Fight between Silva and St. Pierre but not a permanent change. St. Pierre will rethink this move here soon. My man Nate is going to shock the world when they give him another crack at Silva. Since St. Pierre wont fight him then he will just stay down in WW
GroundFighterMMA- January 18, 2010 at 7:19 am
HELL-bow indeed.
itsgalf- January 18, 2010 at 7:17 am
Kimbos Bread- January 18, 2010 at 7:10 am
Aside from fighting Anderson Silva, I have no interest in seeing GSP as a mid weight.

If he's done dominating his weight division, I'd be more proud of GSP if he stpped out of the UFC and either gave another organization a shot or went into something else. That whole weight switching thing has been played to death. But that's just my opinion.
Squirrelnuts- January 18, 2010 at 6:46 am
that accent has to weigh at LEAST five pounds.