lol at this yellah bastid saying he has to consort with his "sponsors" first.If that is not a clear sign that this guy is all about protecting his brand I dont know what is...
What are you talking about?
This is the guys career we are talking about, first and foremost his responcibily is to make money for himself and his family....obviously his sponsorship deals are a large part of his income, why would he not need to talk to them?
I still don't understand how people can label a guy a coward or 'yellah bastard' when he steps into the cage for years fighting at the elite level....how many cowards do you think could put their life on the line like that really?
He is obviously paid big money by his sponsors who have bought into the GSP brand as the greatest WW champ ever and someone who has a long unbeaten run.
Surely before he undertakes a decision such as whether or not to move up a weight class (and no longer be 'the champ') he would have to consult those people who pay him and ensure they are ok to secure his livelyhood.
Remember these guys only have a relatively small window of opportunity within the sport in which to maxamise their earning potential, decisions like these will not be taken lightly.
It doesn't mean he is scared to take the challenge, not that he will not, he is just being honest and saying it is something he needs to consider and consult with the players involved in his career before he decides.
The obvious answer is the catchweight match, but maybe he feels he would need extra strength and power/weight to be able to use his wrestling effectively on Silva over 5 rounds so before he decides to emabrk on increasing his weight (which will take some time to do so effectively with the increases in strnegth accompanying it) he has to sit down and think.
Maybe Dana and the UFC need to make it worth his while so to speak.