UFC 129 Video: Jake Shields Can Expect a Much Bigger GSP


GSP trainer Firas Zahabi on his weight cut,

“Georges has been getting better at cutting weight. He’s walking around at 194 (pounds). There was a time when he used to walk around at 180 to make 170. He cuts weight so easily we added more muscle … Now he’s on a protein and vegetable diet. Right now his exercise is significantly cut, but he’s going to shed water. It’s only temporary weight loss. It’s not real weight loss. You’re not dropping fat. (The final weight-cut) lasts about six days . . . By Friday he’ll have six or seven pounds left and we’ll put him in the sauna. I don’t recommend this to anybody, even professional athletes. This is somebody who’s very seasoned. As soon as the weigh-in is done (Friday afternoon) we’ll give him a recovery drink. We’ll even give him Prime (a workout supplement by Gatorade, which sponsors St-Pierre) because he needs the carbohydrates that much more . . . he’ll enter the ring at 192 or 193 pounds.” [TheStar]

Georges St. Pierre has apparently taken to the art of cutting weight. The 170 lb. champion could have a significant size advantage over Jake Shields come Saturday night.

Anderson Silva (185 lb. champion) = GSP (193 on fight night) – I’m just saying…


  1. jakeross

    April 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    RE: Anderson Silva (185 lb. champion) = GSP (193 on fight night) – I’m just saying…

    Anderson Silva (and every other fighter in the UFC) gains weight back before their fight. Don't get me wrong…20 lbs is a lot but an athlete of GSP's callibur can pull it off. Silva cuts to 185 but probably fights at 195 or more. He doesn't stay at 185.

  2. corey

    April 29, 2011 at 1:24 am

    anderson silva will be on hand on the night of the fight. i think if gsp has an impressive win he will challenge him following the fight. like jakeross says gsp is already walking around as a much bigger fighter.

  3. Monster

    April 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I understand that cutting weight can be dangerous, that not everyone can do it, the reason that fighters do it…but I think it is so stupid to have a 193 pound guy fighting for the 170 pound titlle. Forget for a second that other combat sports may do it, that this is legal for the UFC, and that my comments are not going to change anything- but would this statement be classified as a statement within common sense- 193 pound man wins 170 pound title! It is what it is but IMO they should weigh in the morning of the event.

  4. Mikey

    April 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Yeah its crazy that they can cut so much water out of their system like that. Its only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or dies. I tried it and cut 8 lbs of water and I felt like I was going to die by the end. I can't even imagine how GSP or Rumble can cut 20. It just another way that wrestlers have an advantage because they've been cutting weight their whole life.

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