Fun facts about GSP and Silva’s weights:
1) Last October Firas Zahabi came on Sherdog radio to state that GSP was walking around at 183 pounds in his camp, and this is the last known documented weight of GSP. This caused Firas to suggest that GSP could make 155 pounds if he wanted to, because guys like Maynard and Ben Henderson
all walk around in that weight. This is the link- http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/10/2…ahabi-mma-news
2) Last July, GSP has himself stated that his highest walking around weight is 185-190 pounds. This is the link for the delusional since it his own words- http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/7/14…oach-nick-diaz
3) GSP in his own words stated in the post-fight press conference after pummeling Koscheck back in December 2010, that his weight was 189 pounds in the fight. This is the link below, and go to 2:40 minutes of the clip in response to a question. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwnyK…layer_embedded
4) GSP was supposed to come in at 193 pounds against Shields back in April 2011, but in the end, his trainer revealed to the Fan 590 radio station in Toronto that GSP’s actual fight night weight was 190 pounds. Firas then suggested that GSP is big as he gets, and will do more harm than good to his body if he added any more muscle to his 5 foot 10 inch frame, since he would be small for MW. This is the link below from May 2011
Mixed Martial Arts Blog – ESPN
Lastly, here is the source for the Anderson Silva
walking around weight. His own manager Ed Soares stating that Silva walks around 225 pounds and is too big for GSP. Go to 7:05 of this clip. It goes to show that Silva has a much bigger frame than people think- Ed Soares speaks Anderson, Belfort, GSP, Shogun and Machida on MMACanada.net video blog – YouTube
The point is that there’s an awful lot of posturing taking place by all the parties concerned. One day (as in the tape referenced) Soares is saying his fighter is much too big for GSP. Most recently, he’s saying the opposite.
Although I don’t subscribe to all the talk about any of the fighters being scared, I would say there are some reputations on the line and alot of money at stake.
The posturing and negotiations are pretty obvious.
Silva’s side would want Jones as close to middleweight limit as they can get (obviously for the most money they can get). Naturally, Jones' side would want the fight closer to the LH weight limit.
GSP’s side would want Silva as close to Welterweight
limit as they can get.
Naturally, Silva would want the fight closer to the middleweight weight limit.
Personally, I don’t see a problem with either fight at a catch weight or even for the title. The bigger man is taking a heckuva a risk by cutting weight,so that helps even out the odds.
Ideally, from my point of view, any of the three fighters splits the difference to meet in the middle of their respective weight classes. It somewhat reminds me of the race to prove the worlds fastest man when Donovan Bailey (the fastest man at 100 meters) took on Michael Johnson
(the fastest man at 200 meters) at a distance of 150 meters.
Regardless, in my opinion, its going to be a huge event with any combination of the three fighters, title on the line or catchweight.