Georges St-Pierre is Back… But What’s Next?
February 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

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You just can’t beat the UFC when it comes to drama. I mean, sometimes the whole spectacle reminds me of my early teens, staying up late, watching Monday Night Raw while swilling a can of Fosters down my gullet (I was mature for my age).

Boy, the UFC fans sure are excited about the return of Georges St-Pierre, and sure why wouldn’t they be? The Canadian’s often included in the ‘greatest fighters of all time’ discussion, and with the sport’s popularity hitting never seen before heights, we’re all looking forward to hopping aboard the GSP hype-train.

Not many leave their chosen sport in a blaze of glory, but St-Pierre definitely is one who can say he left the game on a high, almost four years ago. Now, at thirty-five years of age, the former Welterweight Champion believes that he’s in the shape of his life. However, it remains to be seen whether he can come back and fight at the same level as he did before his self-imposed hiatus.

So, what’s next for the G.O.A.T? Who should he fight next, and for what reasons?

Tyron Woodley or Stephen Thompson

ufc-205-woodley-v-thompson

When St-Pierre decided to take a step away from the UFC, he’d just finished successfully defending his Welterweight Title an unbelievable 9 times. I mean, no wonder he took a step away, it must be exhausting beating the snot out of everyone unfortunate enough to be put in front of you.

What this means is, GSP never actually lost his belt, he merely vacated it. I imagine St-Pierre throwing his belt behind his back, like a bouquet of flowers, and as he strolls into the sunset, a bunch of desperate UFC fighters scuffle with one another for possession of the title. A title that merely represents second best.

Anyway, surely the ideal match for GSP to return to, would be to face the current Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley. Woodley currently occupies the Welterweight throne, but he must first overcome a re-match with Stephen Thompson at UFC 209.

Could there possibly be a better way to return than a shot at regaining a title he held for so long?

Michael Bisping

bisping

At the moment, this looks like the most likely fight that we shall see immediately upon Georges St-Pierre’s return to the Octagon.

Bisping has been having a pop St-Pierre left, right and centre. Between making claims that the UFC legend “wouldn’t want to stand with him” should they fight, and stating that he believes that their fight would be a “bad idea” – for Pierre, Bisping looks eager to have a shot at the Canadian.  The current Middleweight Champ’s right to be eager as this fight would represent the Mancunian’s biggest payday to date by far.

While most will agree that GSP is the greatest Welterweight there’s ever been, many will doubt his ability to take a step up to Middleweight and take on the best that that division has to offer. Can he become only the third man to win a title in two different weight divisions?

Conor McGregor

ufc-conor-mcgregor

Look at that, 499 words in and I still hadn’t mentioned the Dubliner, that has to be some kind of record!

But if Georges St-Pierre wants to make serious dolla-dolla, well then this is the only man to fight. Just imagine the sheer, manic excitement this match-up would create. I mean, we’re talking about potential for the biggest fight (financially, anyway) of all time.

While the entire sporting world is just sick of hearing about a potential McGregor vs Mayweather bout, a match-up with St-Pierre is certainly something fans of the ‘Notorious’ could sink their teeth into.

Anderson Silva

anderson_silva

This one’s for the romantics amongst us. Yes, it would possibly come 5 years too late, but don’t you want to know who’s the G.O.A.T?

Back in 2012, this super-fight looked like it was going to happen, but then Silva broke his leg and St-Pierre disappeared. Like stopping a piano scale one note short, the UFC world all collectively cringed with a feeling of dissatisfaction.

While many will be weary of this clash, comparing it to Mayweather vs Pacquiao in 2015 that left most of us coming to the conclusion that maybe “better late than never” might not always apply.

Just What The UFC Needed

It has been a slow enough start to the year for the UFC. Without any McGregor fights to look forward to, and the possible retirement of Ronda Rousey on the horizon, this is a boost the organisation has badly needed.

No matter who Georges St-Pierre ends up fighting, one thing we can be sure of is that his return is a massive plus to the UFC, and if that doesn’t get the world talking again, I’m sure John Cena and the Undertaker wouldn’t turn down a UFC contract if the price was right.

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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Georges St-Pierre is Back… But What’s Next?
February 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

gsp_header_image

You just can’t beat the UFC when it comes to drama. I mean, sometimes the whole spectacle reminds me of my early teens, staying up late, watching Monday Night Raw while swilling a can of Fosters down my gullet (I was mature for my age).

Boy, the UFC fans sure are excited about the return of Georges St-Pierre, and sure why wouldn’t they be? The Canadian’s often included in the ‘greatest fighters of all time’ discussion, and with the sport’s popularity hitting never seen before heights, we’re all looking forward to hopping aboard the GSP hype-train.

Not many leave their chosen sport in a blaze of glory, but St-Pierre definitely is one who can say he left the game on a high, almost four years ago. Now, at thirty-five years of age, the former Welterweight Champion believes that he’s in the shape of his life. However, it remains to be seen whether he can come back and fight at the same level as he did before his self-imposed hiatus.

So, what’s next for the G.O.A.T? Who should he fight next, and for what reasons?

Tyron Woodley or Stephen Thompson

ufc-205-woodley-v-thompson

When St-Pierre decided to take a step away from the UFC, he’d just finished successfully defending his Welterweight Title an unbelievable 9 times. I mean, no wonder he took a step away, it must be exhausting beating the snot out of everyone unfortunate enough to be put in front of you.

What this means is, GSP never actually lost his belt, he merely vacated it. I imagine St-Pierre throwing his belt behind his back, like a bouquet of flowers, and as he strolls into the sunset, a bunch of desperate UFC fighters scuffle with one another for possession of the title. A title that merely represents second best.

Anyway, surely the ideal match for GSP to return to, would be to face the current Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley. Woodley currently occupies the Welterweight throne, but he must first overcome a re-match with Stephen Thompson at UFC 209.

Could there possibly be a better way to return than a shot at regaining a title he held for so long?

Michael Bisping

bisping

At the moment, this looks like the most likely fight that we shall see immediately upon Georges St-Pierre’s return to the Octagon.

Bisping has been having a pop St-Pierre left, right and centre. Between making claims that the UFC legend “wouldn’t want to stand with him” should they fight, and stating that he believes that their fight would be a “bad idea” – for Pierre, Bisping looks eager to have a shot at the Canadian.  The current Middleweight Champ’s right to be eager as this fight would represent the Mancunian’s biggest payday to date by far.

While most will agree that GSP is the greatest Welterweight there’s ever been, many will doubt his ability to take a step up to Middleweight and take on the best that that division has to offer. Can he become only the third man to win a title in two different weight divisions?

Conor McGregor

ufc-conor-mcgregor

Look at that, 499 words in and I still hadn’t mentioned the Dubliner, that has to be some kind of record!

But if Georges St-Pierre wants to make serious dolla-dolla, well then this is the only man to fight. Just imagine the sheer, manic excitement this match-up would create. I mean, we’re talking about potential for the biggest fight (financially, anyway) of all time.

While the entire sporting world is just sick of hearing about a potential McGregor vs Mayweather bout, a match-up with St-Pierre is certainly something fans of the ‘Notorious’ could sink their teeth into.

Anderson Silva

anderson_silva

This one’s for the romantics amongst us. Yes, it would possibly come 5 years too late, but don’t you want to know who’s the G.O.A.T?

Back in 2012, this super-fight looked like it was going to happen, but then Silva broke his leg and St-Pierre disappeared. Like stopping a piano scale one note short, the UFC world all collectively cringed with a feeling of dissatisfaction.

While many will be weary of this clash, comparing it to Mayweather vs Pacquiao in 2015 that left most of us coming to the conclusion that maybe “better late than never” might not always apply.

Just What The UFC Needed

It has been a slow enough start to the year for the UFC. Without any McGregor fights to look forward to, and the possible retirement of Ronda Rousey on the horizon, this is a boost the organisation has badly needed.

No matter who Georges St-Pierre ends up fighting, one thing we can be sure of is that his return is a massive plus to the UFC, and if that doesn’t get the world talking again, I’m sure John Cena and the Undertaker wouldn’t turn down a UFC contract if the price was right.

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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