Silva - next fight at 170 (pre-Maia) - when asked - a definitive yes.But St-Pierre said a move up in weight would likely come near the end of his career, and it won't come anytime soon.
"If I go up in weight, it's going to be hard to go down," he said. "If I put on lean muscle like I already did recently ... it's going to be hard to come back down. So it's not like I go up and I go down. I have to be very careful with what I do."
Still, if St-Pierre takes "a couple" of welterweight fights in the next year or two, and if Silva is still the pound-for-pound king at that point, the French-Canadian then would consider moving up to fight him. And if he defeats Silva, that's a win worthy of retirement, he said.
"If one day I fight at 185 pounds for a superfight to know who is the best pound-for-pound in the world, (and) if I reach my goal, then my goal will be reached," St-Pierre said. "There will be no point for me to still compete because I'm not going to have a goal left."
There is a difference in putting on lean muscle mass and just bulking up. Mir bulked up and still got tossed around by a guy who weighed as much as him.
Mir also has a wide frame and is naturally stocky. It is much easier for people like that to bulk up. GSP isn't small, but he isn't the bulkiest person out there and it would be harder for him to bulk up than it was for Mir.
That's very true. Mir is an endomorph bodytype and GSP is an mesomorph, maybe even ecto-meso. Weight comes and goes much differently between the body types and also varies in ratio between +(-)adipose to +(-)LBM (lean body mass.)Mir also has a wide frame and is naturally stocky. It is much easier for people like that to bulk up. GSP isn't small, but he isn't the bulkiest person out there and it would be harder for him to bulk up than it was for Mir.
lol and look at how much it helped Mir, he got outmuscled by Carwin in the clinch like a it was nothing. Fat or Bulk muscle ain't much good until you get time to break it in and convert it to real functional strength over years, until then it's just looks.