Morning Report: Georges St-Pierre says he weighed 170.4 pounds at UFC 158 weigh-ins

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Just when you thought you were out, they pull you back in.

Georges St-Pierre officially tipped the scales at 170 pounds at the UFC 158 weigh-ins last month. Except, he didn't really. Or, at least, St-Pierre doesn't think he did.

The UFC welterweight champion mostly stayed silent on the controversy surrounding the Quebec athletic commission and its peculiar, last-second, "off the record" round-down rule. But that silence ended on Thursday, when St-Pierre revealed to the Associated Press (via La Presse) that he believes he weighed in at 170.4 pounds -- .4 pounds over the legal limit for championship bouts.

Here a rough translation of the report (via Bloody Elbow):

"They came to us just before the weigh-ins and even I was surprised. They told us they were going to be rounding (down to the nearest pound). I was as surprised as Nick Diaz," St. Pierre said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press.

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GSP said he was not sure of his exact weight, but he believes that it amounted to 170.4 pounds. The Quebec Board then rounded his weight down to 170 pounds, the limit for the March 16 bout.

Before we get any further, let's quickly cover a few things. 1.) Keep in mind that St-Pierre weighed in wearing shorts. 2.) Diaz's team is probably about to have a field day with this. 3.) The fact that St-Pierre was "as surprised as Nick Diaz," if true, only throws the onus even more so on the Quebec commission. That's as egregious a breach of protocol as you could ask for.

Now, let the floodgates open.

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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes to us from Jonscrazylife, who wants to know: Whose The Best Fighter Outside Of The UFC? Pat Curran or Michael Chandler. A DR. Jack Breakdown

Since the folding selling of Strikeforce to the UFC, it has become painfully obvious that the best fighter outside of the UFC resides in Bellator.The only question is whether it's Lightweight champion Michael Chandler or Featherweight kingpin Pat Curran.

Since no one wants to talk to me about esoteric second tier MMA champion comparisons in real life (and it's late and I might be half in the bag) I'm going to break it down Dr Jack (and unfortunately Bill Simmons) style.

Let's jump right in!!!!!!

Striking: This one is obvious as Pat Curran is one of the better strikers in all of MMA. But I would argue that Chandler's stand up is underrated.

Power: Michael Chandler hits pretty fricking hard, as evidenced by when he dropped Eddie Alvarez multiple times before finishing him with the RNC, and during his Lightweight Tourney run where he dropped quite a few guys. He also blasted out an old, aged and over the hill Akirho Gono in 56 seconds as well, for whatever that is worth. Curran while an amazingly technical striker doesn't have the same power in his hands, as Chandler. He makes up for it by throwing everything and the kitchen sink at opponents.

Talk about mixing it up. Pat Curran will hit you with super high level boxing, knockout head kicks (don't trust me ask Marlon Sandro) and vicious knees. He's also great at switching it up. He was getting outboxed by Marlon Sandro before stealing his soul with that head kick. He fought an entire 5 round title fight against Patricio Friere as a boxing match. And he brutalized Joe Warren with uppercuts, and knees to snatch the Featherweight title in one of the worst beatings I've ever seen someone take, no thanks to referee Jeff Malot. While it's close, Curran's ability to knock opponents out with punches, kicks and knees gives him the advantage over Chandler who is mostly a boxer. It is worth noting however that in 11 fights Chandler has 3 KO/TKOs while Curran only has 5 through 23 fights.

Advantage: Curran.

Defense: Here's where "Paddy Mike" is going to start pulling away.

Much, much more after the jump...

Found something you'd like to see in the Morning Report? Just hit me on Twitter @shaunalshatti and we'll include it in Monday's column.

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