Now that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has successfully defended his belt against number one contender Jake Shields, the question now is what comes next for the Canadian MMA fighter?
Leading up to the fight against Jake Shields at UFC 129, many were hoping the welterweight champion’s next fight would be against MMA’s pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva. After GSP’s hard earned victory over Jake Shields at UFC 129, the welterweight champion didn’t seem that interested in the fight. When asked about the possibility of a fight against Silva, GSP replied,
“We’ll see,I just finished my fight. I haven’t considered that yet. Going up in weight class is a lot to consider. Maybe there are other ways of [making that fight]. We’ll talk”
Avoiding an MMA fight against Anderson Silva is actually the smart move for GSP. Moving up in weight class is always a risky decision, and moving up in weight class to face Silva wouldn’t be a good idea for any MMA fighter. If GSP declines the fight with Silva, there is a solid possibility that his win streak will someday surpass Anderson’s.
While a super-fight between GSP and Silva will probably be the biggest event in the history of MMA, a fight with current Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, will probably be a big hit for the UFC as well.
MMA veteran Nick Diaz has already indicated his desire for a fight against GSP, and should matchup nicely with the UFC welterweight champion. GSP will have a tougher time striking against Diaz’ sharp boxing skills and the ground won’t be a safe haven either. Diaz is a Caesar Gracie black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and has pulled off some impressive submissions in his past MMA fights.
Although Nick Diaz matches up nicely against the UFC welterweight champion, GSP will probably walk through Diaz just like he has done others that stepped into the Octagon with him. While some continue to criticize GSP because he hasn’t been able to finish a fight in over two years, his victory of Shields once again reminds the MMA world why he is considered one of the very best in the world.