Georges St Pierre made a triumphant return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship after 18 months out and the talk immediately turned to a mega-fight with middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
GSP confirmed his status as welterweight king by soundly outpointing American Carlos Condit at the Bell Centre in Montreal in UFC 154 last week.
Even though the self-proclaimed ‘Natural Born Killer’ had his moments, even flooring St Pierre at one point, ultimately the Canadian poster boy took control with superbly executed takedowns that Condit had no answer to.
GSP left with his championship belt for the seventh time but bumps and bruises all over face and body emphasised Condit’s competitive spirit.
Johny Hendricks impressed as the chief supporting bout, knocking out Martin Kampmann in 46 seconds. Hendricks’ rare combination of knockout power and world class wrestling could make him an intriguing opponent for St Pierre.
The perennial question remains though on whether St Pierre will fight Silva.
With Silva seemingly defying the aging process at 37, the call for him to face St Pierre, 31, remains.
GSP is the most bankable champ the UFC has ever had although at 170 pounds he reigns supreme, Silva is undoubtedly the king in the 185 pound division and is a serious threat to the light-heavies at 205 pounds, although a fight with light-heavy champ Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is not going to happen soon.
A contest between Silva and St Pierre would have to be made at catch-weight, say 178lbs.
Cowboy Stadium could be the venue for a fight of this magnitude and the likelihood is that they would fill it in one of the biggest combat sports matches ever. It is all down to UFC president Dana White, who until now has resisted cashing in his mega-chip.
Rogue Gym’s fighters watched the St Pierre-Condit bout at the recently opened Chelsea’s bar in West Shore Plaza. They all thoroughly enjoyed it, according to Rogue Gym’s Muay Thai instructor Grey Brett and their grappling instructor Flloyd Moxam who was there too.
“St Pierre’s fight went pretty much as expected,” Brett said. “GSP dominated. Even though he got caught once by Condit, anyone, no matter how good they are, can be caught by a kick or punch. It’s a part of fighting.
“His ability to recover quickly and regain control of the fight, to me, was more impressive than the actual strike”
As for future bouts for St Pierre, besides Silva, Brett sees an extremely capable welter giving him plenty of trouble.
“I really like Nate Diaz. I enjoy watching his fights and he has a fairly big one coming up soon against current lightweight champ Benson Henderson. I like Henderson too but I think I’ll be rooting for Diaz in this one.”
Brett added that Rogue fighters are working on some events in the new year. “We had a great night out watching the fights at Chelsea’s.
“It’s nice to get together outside of the gym and spend time together in a different setting. We’re like a family so wherever we end up we have a lot of fun together.”