MMA News: Georges St. Pierre, Urijah Faber, Nick Diaz and More

In an interview with Sherdog.com, Georges St-Pierre’s trainer, Firas Zahabi, said he’d rather GSP moved down than move up in weight class.

“I’d want him to move down to 155 [lbs.] if Frankie [Edgar] was not the champion. Obviously we’re part of the Renzo Gracie team and we’d never fight Frankie Edgar, because obviously we’re all Renzo Gracie fighters. But if it wasn’t the case, you know, I’d rather him go down to 155 because Georges is not a very big welterweight. People might think he is, he’s actually not very big…Making 170 is extremely easy for him. Honestly, it’s probably one of the easiest weight cuts from all that I coach, and I coach a lot of professional fighters. Georges making 170 is getting a little too easy for him, so I’d recommend to him in the future, who knows what the cards hold, but if we don’t have a team member that’s champion or anything like that, I would recommend him to go down first before going up.”

Move DOWN? Yeah, I don’t know about all that. Wasn’t GSP saying not one year ago that eventually he’ll probably have to move up to Middleweight because he’s getting bigger? Even if that wasn’t the case, why would I want to watch him drop down, where he’ll have even more of an advantage over those smaller fighters? If you are going to jump ship, jump to a bigger ship and challenge yourself.

Urijah Faber told ESPN that he plans on finishing Brian Bowles at UFC 139. “He’s super tough. He’s one of the world champions that not many people have heard of. For the fans it’s not as big of a deal but for me, knowing how tough he is, I know it’s going to be a good fight. He’s fast but he’s not as fast as I am. He’s strong but I don’t think he’s as strong as I am. He’s got great wrestling, he’s got a lot of submissions – mostly chokes, like myself – but I think the creativity that I bring to the table and also the experience that I have is going to be the edge. And I gotta find a way to finish him because he’s a hard guy to finish and I need to make a statement.”

The only thing I might disagree with Faber on is the strength aspect. While Faber is definitely strong, I don’t know if he’ll have an advantage in that department. Bowles is slightly larger and has pushed around most of his opponents. Should be an exciting fight when it happens.

Nick Diaz’s manager, Cesar Gracie, told Ariel Helwani during “The MMA Hour” that he would ask that Diaz bypass Carlos Condit should Diaz walk through BJ Penn. “There’s no question about it that I will ask for that if Nick has a tremendous performance and he can finish B.J., I would ask for that. But the biggest thing is if the fans want it. If the fans all ask for that, Dana [White] is a smart guy. He knows the sport is about the fans. So who knows?”

Short answer: No. Long answer: Nope. Diaz should not leapfrog Condit even if he KOs Penn in 10 seconds. He had his shot and he chose to blow it. If he wins, he should wait for Condit/GSP to happen before getting a shot.

Bobby Lashley’s manager, Leland LaBarre, told MMAjunkie.com that Lashley has agreed to fight Dave Huckaba at Shark Fights 21 for the promotion’s heavyweight title and that contracts are expected to be finalized shortly. Current champion Darrill Schoonover is expected to relinquish his belt.

Are we sure about this? Seems legit, but no where near as intriguing as Lashley fighting Tim Hague.

UFC officials announced that Jacob Volkmann will take on T.J. Grant in a lightweight bout at UFC 141 in Las Vegas on Dec. 30. The event is headlined by a heavyweight fight between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.

This is an excellent fight. Volkmann is on a 4 fight win steak since dropping to lightweight, and he’ll give Grant all he can handle.


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