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Lyoto Machida open to fighting Georges St-Pierre at 185 pounds

UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre has teased the idea of moving up to 185 pounds for a fight with divisional king Anderson Silva a number of times in the past. However, he has remained adamant the will only truly entertain the notion if the increase in weight is permanent based on the effect it would have on his physique.

If GSP does ever decide to give middleweight a go, it looks like he may already have a second opponent lined up in the form of another Brazilian with championship connections, as former light heavyweight title-holder Lyoto Machida has come out to express his interest in the idea of a fight with the fan-favorite.

“It would be an interesting karate duel but I don’t know at what weight we would do it,” said Machida to Globo Esporte (as translated by Fighters Only Magazine) when asked about the possibility of fighting St-Pierre. “If it is at 185 pounds, I will go for it.”

Machida has flirted with the idea of slimming down before but has remained hesitant out of respect for his friendship with Silva.

Given the number of “ifs” involved in the St-Pierre scrap, Machida’s focus will obviously remain on his current weight-class where he hopes to reclaim the belt he once wore at some point in 2013. On that front, “The Dragon” confirmed he will resume training in coming weeks and expects to fight in December.

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11 COMMENTS
  • MCM says:

    What the fuck did GSP do to piss off Blackhouse? Is Big Nog gonna say he’d cut down to a catch weight to fight GSP? What ever happened to challenging Up a weight class?

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    As a massive Machida and GSP fan (number 1 fav and number 3 fav) I’d like to see this fight, but if any fight at 185 happens itll be Silva vs GSP.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I don’t think GSP did, Machida is probably just looking at it like a karate fight, since GSP always talks about how he wants to get back to his karate roots. I’d pay to see them in a karate fight, MMA probably would go differently then machida expects though.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    In other news, Tim Sylvia is interested in fighting GSP at a catchweight of 412 lbs.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Machida is still just trying to get that “Anderson Silva money”

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Of course he wants to fight GSP at 185. GSP prolly walks around at near that weight before training and weight cut and Machida likely walks around north of 220. PIck on someone your own size comes to mind.

    GSP is a phenomenal athlete and would be favored to beat anyone in the world at 170, but weight classes exist for a reason. GSP isn’t a really large 170 either. He looks good at that weight and always appears to be in awesome shape ,but moving up weight class to fight someone who has to cut 40 pounds to make weight sounds foolish.

    Why doesn’t Machida move to HW and call out one of the big boys if he wants a challenge?

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Id like to see rashad take on michida again.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    my initial reaction was
    why?
    now i have thought it over all i can think is
    why?

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    thums up to Faust and Hindsightufuk lol

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Workin on getting those thumbs back. No idea why they disappeared.

    And Dana White squashed the notion of Machida/GSP earlier today. So much for that.

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  • Dana’s probably just pissed cuz Machida was all about a title shot before calling out Bader, then he turns down a short notice fight for the title and now he’s talking about fighting gsp.
    What I want to note is maybe we should wait and see IF Georges still has his title come Thanksgiving. I know its probable that he will, but If not I’d bet he’d get back to chasing it or even if he does he’s got the winner of Hendricks vs kampmann to face and probably Nick Diaz at sometime. Ww has been held up for too long, can’t it flow again first?

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