Posted by VILLIN
Why is it ok for Anderson not to want to move to LHW, even though he has done so in the past but GSP is a coward for not wanting to move up to MW for the first time and get thrown to the wolves?
Extreme double standard as far as I can tell. It is not like GSP is some massive WW that nobody else can touch physically. I can name 6 or 7 WWs right now who are larger than GSP yet I can't think of a single MW that is larger than Anderson.
Let me help then....
1. There is NO ONE at LHW that compares to Silva at MW. These are the CLEAR #1/2 p4p fighters in the world, who have both almost completely cleaned out their divisions....
2. You have some serious confusion about size. In MMA they are WEIGHT classes, not height and reach classes. Anderson is FAR from the biggest MW out there. Rich Franklin was bigger than he is, and remeber the "big" is fighting weight not height or reach.
All bigger than Anderson on fight night.
GSP is on the record, as is his new nutritionist, saying that he was 195 starting his final cut against Shields, on the MONDAY before the fight, and that he would be back over 190 on fight night.
Anderson, given the language barrier, doesn't speak much to his exact fighting weight, but he and Soares have said the following in recent fights:
Anderson was 194 a full MONTH before he fought Maia:
@ :40 seconds
Anderson also said he would hit 185 BEFORE he even flew to UAE for Maia. They flew out a week before the fight.....the same time GSP was 195, and cutting 25 pounds....
Here is Anderson during the complete off season (three months after the Irvin fight at 205, and three months+ before he fought Maia) saying he is walking around at 207:
Anderson is ~195-200 on fight night at 185. GSP is 190-195 when fighting at WELTER WEIGHT. There is a very minimal difference in the cage. That difference would be even less if they met at a catch weight.
Hope that helps with the size(weight) thing. As far as Anderson fighting at LHW, he has VERY close friends at LHW, and there is no challenge like Anderson is at LHW. Bones has not even defended ONCE, and we want to compare him to the #1/2 p4p fighters in the world?