There are so many mixed emotions going on in my mind these days. I feel like a woman who is 8 months pregnant. This is true both mentally and physically for me at this point in my life, but the reason I feel this way is because of my confusion with the UFC. There is so much happening in the UFC that is being overshadowed by the #MAYMAC lead up for their fight. One of those things, what happens with Georges St. Pierre? The other, well is UFC 214 which everyone agrees could be an all time great card, but we will leave that for next week.
I would be mistaken not to mention that my fandom of the UFC reached it’s climax while watching GSP dry hump his opponents in the mid 2000’s. Between trying to rip Dan Hardy’s arm off, to not being impressed by Matt Hughes’ performance, GSP always struck me as someone different in the fight game. He is well spoken, great looking, and a great fighter. So, you can imagine my excitement when it was announced GSP would return and fight for the Middleweight title against Michael Bisping. A very beatable opponent for GSP.
Well, fast forward a few months, a GSP and Bisping injury and an interim middleweight title fight later, and we now know that Bisping will fight Whittaker for the undisputed Middleweight belt. Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia has been booked too. So, where does this leave GSP? In my mind, there are still a few fights that are as intriguing as those mentioned above, but there aren’t many.
Winner of Woodley vs. Maia
There is some speculation that the reason for the Woodley vs. Maia matchup coming together so quickly is so that the winner of the fight can welcome GSP back when he is ready at the end of 2017. It makes sense, for everyone but GSP. Both of these fighters are horrible matchups for GSP. Woodley is more explosive and possibly a better wrestler. Maia would love for GSP to get in his guard (I mean who wouldn’t) so he could use his BJJ prowess to submit him. I just don’t think GSP will take this fight, it wouldn’t make sense to.
Nate or Nick Diaz
GSP has a win over Nick Diaz and Nick has been pretty much irrelevant for 3+ years now. Nate on the other hand has said he will only fight for 20 million bucks and is one of the most popular fighters on the roster. This may not fetch him that, but he could be in for a decent payday while getting smothered by GSP. This would also allow for GSP to get a fight under his belt before fighting in a championship fight at lightweight, welterweight, or middleweight.
It’s not an easy task finding a fight that makes sense for GSP right now. This sure isn’t one that would. But, this is a “superfight” that has been talked about for many years now. Obviously Anderson has lost his status and GSP would likely re-retire if he lost this one so those are reasons I don’t see this happening.
The result in the Mayweather fight really doesn’t matter much as far as what makes sense for McGregor next. He will never see anything close to the amount of money he is going to be paid on August 26th. The only thing that makes sense in the UFC for McGregor are legacy fights. If McGregor returns to the UFC, GSP is the perfect matchup for him. In my opinion, GSP would have a huge advantage in this fight and as long as he avoids McGregor’s left hand he could spend the entire 25 minutes in McGregor’s guard. This honestly makes too much sense for both fighters to actually happen, but we can hope.