Georges St-Pierre proved a lot of folks wrong last weekend at UFC 217, by taking the middleweight crown from Michael Bisping, but it doesn’t sound like his boxing coach likes him competing at 185 pounds.
Leading up to UFC 217, there was no shortage of discussion, as to whether GSP could hang with Bisping, After all, St-Pierre had never competed at middleweight before in the Octagon, and Bisping isn’t small for the weight class either. So, many questioned whether GSP would be able to put his wrestling game into action, or match the power of Bisping.
Well, as it turns out, St-Pierre answered those questions in emphatic fashion, and choked out Bisping in round three. But, before that happened, GSP appeared to be fatiguing quickly. Thus, this could be why the Canadian’s boxing coach, Freddie Roach, said this on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour” (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I think I would like to go to the lower weight division, back to the weight that he’s more comfortable with and more used to,” Roach said. “But the thing is, that might not be available at this point. We do need to work that out with the promoter….But he does have the contract and I’m sure he has to follow it like everyone else.”
“I think it was the weight that got to him a little bit,” said Roach, while referring to the fact GSP was tired by round three. “He’s not used to carrying that much weight. I think it did kick in a little bit quicker than usual. Again, we’ll work everything out and all get together and discuss what’s the best move next for Georges.”
So, it’s going to be fascinating to see what comes next for St-Pierre, as Roach isn’t the only person who’s expressed concerns about the star staying at middleweight. Dana White, however, has repeatedly said that the interim middleweight champ Robert Whittaker will get a chance to unify the titles, and after UFC 217, he said GSP – Whittaker is next.
But, as any hardcore fan knows, nothing is certain in MMA. If GSP says he’s only interested in fighting say Tyron Woodley or Conor McGregor, then the UFC could very well listen. McGregor – St-Pierre could be one of the biggest fights, if not the biggest, in UFC history.