Sounds like Cyborg and Anderson’s conditioning coaches have been talking, as we’re now hearing the same reasoning as to why Cyborg cannot fight Rousey, as why Anderson cannot fight GSP.
Another potential roadblock rears its ugly head in the way of the proposed ‘super-fight’ between Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre. This time it’s Anderson’s camp holding things up as a report comes from Fighters Only Magazine that his conditioning coach called the potential weight cut to 170 (called for by GSP) for Anderson, ‘criminal.’
“It would be a crime for Anderson to try and fight at 77kg (170 lbs.). He could maybe make the weight but the physical loss that he would suffer would be too much. We have to respect St. Pierre, who besides being a great fighter is a monster physically. The Canadian would get a considerable conditioning advantage if they fought at welterweight division limits. 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.”
Ironically this is not too different to recent comments made by St-Pierre about a weight change being an issue. As UFC president Dana White has said, as well as Anderson’s manager Ed Soares, the fight will likely take place at a catch-weight; around 176 pounds, with no belt on the line.