Doctor: Fighting at 170lbs would be too much for Anderson SilvaPosted on November 28, 2012, 07:17 PM by Anton Gurevich
“It would be a crime for Anderson to try and fight at 77kg," said the doctor. "He could maybe make the weight but the physical loss that he would suffer would be too much. For me this fight should happen at 80kg (176 lbs), since that would already be a sacrifice for Anderson. It would be his first shot at this weight and we would have to implement a very specific work for him to be able to perform at 100% of his capacity.
Currently Anderson has been weighing 92-94kg (203-207) because he’s been thinking about this dropping weight to take GSP on. Anderson losing 3gk and St-Pierre going up 3kg would be more fair for both of them and for the public, who would watch a great fight.” - fightersonlymagazine.com
Another roadblock en route to the superfight between Georges St. Pierre and Anderson "The Spider" Silva comes from the Brazilian's doctor. Dr. Camoes, Silva's conditioning expert, believes a drop down to 170lbs would be too much for the reigning UFC Middleweight champion.
Silva hasn't fought at Welterweight since the early days of his career as a Mixed Martial Artist, and according to his doctor, will lose most of the key attributes that make him the fighter he is today if he drops down to 170lbs. Silva's biggest achievement at 170lbs is the victory over Hayato Sakurai for the Shooto Middleweight title.
Interestingly enough, Silva suffered just one loss at Welterweight, and 3 at Middleweight. The Spider is currently undefeated in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with sixteen consecutive victories.
Georges St. Pierre has to decide between fighting Johny Hendricks / Nick Diaz and the superfight with Anderson Silva. GSP stated in one of his recent interviews that he's concerned about Silva having a significant size advantage inside the Octagon. For GSP, Silva's height, reach, and weight, are a good reason to give this fight an extra thought:
"On top of that, he weighs 234 pounds; I weigh 188. So there’s a big weight difference. I’ve fought guys who were bigger. I’m not scared of him, it’s just that I will take this fight when it makes sense for me."
Finally, St. Pierre's head coach, Firas Zahabi, commented that Nick Diaz deserves a title shot over Johny Hendricks. This might add more fuel to the GSP vs. Silva wildfire, since this dream match-up is yet to become a reality (mmajunkie.com):
"I think Diaz is the guy who deserves it most," Zahabi said. "His fight with Carlos (Condit) was so close. Who knows? People judge it both ways. If you want to be really fair about it, he is the guy who beat the most amount of names in the biggest fights."
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